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Tic Tac Toe Garden Table

Inspired by a similar idea in pinterest, I found a round wooden table top at the local home improvement store-perfect! My son-in-law burned a tic-tac-toe grid onto the table top. I stained it and nailed it to a tree stump. I purchased some stones and asked my granddaughter to paint them as ladybugs and bees. Didn't they come out great? I found a little wire basket at the dollar store to keep them in. I bought a set of natural cedar curved benches, stained and assembled them. Now when my grandchildren visit, they will have a fun activity to do in the garden.

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  • FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna
    FunkyJunk Interiors - Donna Canada
    on Jun 29, 2013

    oh my... this is so creative! I'm so in love with those ladybug rocks!! :)

  • Linda C
    Linda C Lincolnton, NC
    on Jun 29, 2013

    Terrific idea, so creative and fun.

  • Kat Davis-Moran
    Kat Davis-Moran Naples, FL
    on Oct 31, 2013


  • Deltagardener
    Deltagardener Canada
    on Jun 2, 2014

    Love this idea. Might have to make one for my garden.

  • Natalie Wren
    Natalie Wren Daphne, AL
    on Jun 16, 2014

    Awesome! Did you paint the stump? It has a magical look to it.

    • Ivylore
      Ivylore Trenton, MI
      on Jun 16, 2014

      @Natalie Wren Thanks! Nope, it's natural!

  • Martha Mares
    Martha Mares Phoenix, AZ
    on Jun 16, 2014

    I love this. Hope to make one soon!

  • Angela Melton
    Angela Melton Houston, TX
    on Jun 16, 2014

    Ohhh! This is so CUTE! I LOVE IT! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  • Ellen R
    Ellen R Ridgeway, SC
    on Jun 16, 2014

    Love it! Where did you find the benches?

  • Ellen R
    Ellen R Ridgeway, SC
    on Jun 16, 2014


    • Ivylore
      Ivylore Trenton, MI
      on Jun 17, 2014

      @Ellen R PS They come in a set of two.

  • Deb
    Deb Alvordton, OH
    on Jul 6, 2014

    Did you treat the tabletop to keep it rainproof?

  • Sarah Sarich
    Sarah Sarich Raymond, WA
    on Aug 3, 2014

    I am seriously considering doing something like this for under our cherry tree. I also would like to know about the waterproofing aspect, though, as our winters are very, very wet.

    • Ivylore
      Ivylore Trenton, MI
      on Aug 3, 2014

      @Sarah Sarich Yes, that is a good idea! I took it into the garage over the winter to protect it a little (Plus NO One was going to be playing tic tac toe outside this past winter :) ) A couple of coats of spar varnish will help to give it some protection and should be reapplied at least every 2 years. (I didn't do anything to the trunk though and it does look more worn this year. Haven't decided what I'll do about that!) Good luck!

  • Tracy Suzanne Miller
    Tracy Suzanne Miller
    on Aug 16, 2014

    Use marine polyurethane on wood it keeps all moisture out. It's what the navy uses according to my son the sailor. Amazon has it cheaper than stores

  • Martha Grice
    Martha Grice Southside, TN
    on Dec 6, 2014

    Sometimes you can find utility companies willing to donate or sell cheap an empty spool which actually works better because the base can be covered with your mulch or ground cover and it provides a stability that prevents tip overs. The price is usually 80% or more cheaper, can be painted/stained to match or contrast with type of cover. The basket idea is really ideal for children/adults to keep organized and corralling individual pieces that usually get scattered or lost. Most people (even very young children) like the tic-tac-toe idea.

  • Marj
    Marj Canada
    on Feb 27, 2015

    What a cool and fun thing to do for outdoors! I will have to try this for our cottage. Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Ashley
    Ashley Ocean Springs, MS
    on Apr 9, 2015

    I love this! I hope to make one soon as we'll!

    • Ivylore
      Ivylore Trenton, MI
      on Apr 9, 2015

      @Ashley Thanks! I love it too! And it's very easy to make. Good luck!

  • Bmgm8
    on Jun 2, 2015

    I am going to make this for out in the garden by the kids' fairy garden

  • Wendy turley
    Wendy turley Hutchinson, KS
    on Jun 3, 2015

    Super cute!!

  • Brenda L Bennett
    Brenda L Bennett Ithaca, NY
    on Dec 9, 2015

    I love this idea.

  • Melinda
    Melinda Raleigh, NC
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Hope I don't come off slow here, but, suggestions about finding a stump? No idea where to begin looking . . .

    • Marilee Moyer Bryant
      Marilee Moyer Bryant Los Alamitos, CA
      on Aug 14, 2016

      I went on the Next Door website for my neighborhood and asked if anyone had recently removed a tree and had a section of trunk I could have. I got four replies in short time! All said I could just come by and take what I wanted, which I did and found one the perfect size. I was also concerned about the table tipping over, since it is not a true stump anchored in the ground with roots. I asked the advice of an engineer friend. He recommended some flat metal stakes from Home Depot. My husband drove three into the ground around the base and screwed them into the log. Weyerhaeuser Model # 06172 Internet # 202094302 Store SKU # 545195 3/8 in. x 1-1/2 in. x 18 in. Flat Steel Stake

  • JIll D
    JIll D United Kingdom
    on Dec 12, 2016

    L O V E IT.....XX

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