DIY Tic Tac Toe Game- Plaster Casting

by Susan Myers on August 19, 2011

This DIY craft project involves using plaster in molds to create a cute “Bug Party” Tic Tac Toe game! Creating with plaster is easy to do and the results are quick and rewarding!

tic tac toe with lady bugs and bees diy plaster craft

About a month ago, I purchased a silicone mold.  A bug mold.  Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs.  And lots of ideas immediately popped into my head.  You can use these molds for so many different things from candy to soap to plaster and so much more.

My first project with this mold involves plaster.  I have been experimenting with plaster all summer, creating my own molds with wet sand for my Plaster Casting with Sand Tutorial and even using real leaves for Plaster Casted Leaves.  So I pulled out my plaster again to see what I could come up with.

For this project I used:

One Silicone Mold (Any silicone mold will work for this project)
Plaster of Paris
Water
Sand
Cookie sheet
Acrylic Paint
Clear spray varnish
Plastic cups (for mixing plaster)

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I began by making my little plaster bugs.  I added about a cup of powdered plaster to a disposable plastic cup and enough water to make it the consistency of yogurt.  I then poured the plaster into each of the bug molds and allowed it to dry.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

I allowed them to dry for about and hour and then removed them from the mold.  The little bugs easily popped out of the silicone mold.  Aren’t they cute!  Plaster clean up is easy.   Just toss away the cup that you used for mixing and wipe off the spoon with a paper towel.  Do not rinse plaster down your kitchen drain.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

I decided to create a plaster leaf for the Tic Tac Toe board.  In order to get it the proper size, I lined up the bugs in Tac Tac Toe-fashion on a piece of cardboard and drew the leaf around them.  I then cut the cardboard leaf out to use as a template.

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I then took a bag of craft sand and added enough water to it to make it pack easily.  I placed the cardboard template in a cookie sheet and packed the sand around the outside edges to create a mold for the Tic Tac Toe board.  I removed the card board template and touched up the edges of the sand mold with my fingers to create a good leaf shape.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

I then made up another batch of plaster to yogurt consistency and poured it into the leaf mold.  (It took several cups of plaster for this size leaf- I just made them up one after the other and dumped them into the mold).  Because of the size, I wanted the leaf to be about 1/2″ thick for strength.  Allow the leaf to dry overnight before lifting it out of the mold.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

The base is complete.  Pretty cool huh?  To add a bit of structural support and make it more finished, I glued a piece of cardboard to the bottom that is slightly smaller around than the outline of the leaf and then glued a piece of green felt over that.

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Then a did a little bug painting with my acrylic paints.  This is the fun part.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

And of course the leaf needed some color.  I used different shades of green to create the look of veins.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

Bugs!

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I drew the Tic Tac Toe lines on lightly with a ruler and a white pencil and then filled in the lines with dark green paint.  My final step was to coat all the plaster pieces with clear acrylic varnish.

diy tic tac toe game made from plaster

And there you have it!  An instant Bug Party Tic Tac Toe game!  I’ve got the perfect coffee table to set this on.

And the silicone bug mold can be used over and over again.  I have several more buggy projects in my head that you just might see in the future!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Winter July 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Super cute tic tac toe board! I have this same mold that I used on soaps. But now I’m excited to have another use for it! Thank you for the brilliant idea!

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2 Anonymous October 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

hola minombre es america quisiera saber donde puedo pedir los moldes de animalitos para poder hacerlo, ,muchas gracias

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3 Make handmade September 30, 2011 at 5:00 am

Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

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4 kimberlyann September 3, 2011 at 1:24 am

That is so cute! What a great idea. Would love for you to link up with us at http://www.thesasselife.com
Hope to see you there!
Kim

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5 Jenny @ Embellishing Life August 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm
6 Southern Creativity August 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

This is such a great idea!! I love the paint on the insects and leaf. So much fun!!
Merideth
http://creativesouthernbelle.blogspot.com/

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7 creativejewishmom/sara August 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

Suzy you just never cease to amaze me with your original projects! Now you've got me inspired to try something with plaster……actually I've been wanting to dip fake flowers in plaster, that seems like a good one too.
Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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8 gail August 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

too cute! I love the unique(ness) of it.
gail

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9 sstone August 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

What a super idea! I love it!

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10 Christina August 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I've been considering throwing a bug party and this is so cute! Nice job!

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11 Nicole@Thrifty Decorating August 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

AMAZING!! I am definitely featuring this next week….if this doesn't stumble well, then SU is just plain crazy! :) I'm going to put this on my FB page today, too…..it's just way too cute!

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12 Mindie Hilton August 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

These are awesome, my son would love this. Thanks for linking up Suzy at Bacon Time.

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13 Jo August 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

They are seriously awesome! Would never have guessed they were made from plaster!

http://modjoonthefly.blogspot.com/

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14 glamourpuss August 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

This is so awesome! I love it! :)

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15 Handy Man, Crafty Woman August 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm

They are so cute! The leaf playing board makes it perfect! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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16 LibbiesHome August 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

That is adorable – and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. :)

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17 April @ Sewing Novice August 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing

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18 Jennifer Juniper August 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

What a great idea to use those molds – usually you have to buy these little plaster shapes at the craft store for $1 apiece!

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19 Sewandthecity August 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

This is fabulous…what a great idea!

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20 [giːdaː] August 23, 2011 at 9:47 am
21 Jill August 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

BRILLIANT idea Suzy! Such cute game pieces and fabulous idea for the board too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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22 Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy August 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

Love it!! Awesome game and great step by step instructions!!

We host a linky party “Strut Your Stuff” every Sunday. This would be a perfect link up! I would love it if you added this and any other projects you'd like to share!! We appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!

Kristine
http://www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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23 Katy Cameron August 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Very cool, would never have thought of doing something like this, and love how you did the leaf

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24 naomemandeflores August 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Adorable! So cute!

xoxo
Camila Faria

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25 iram August 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

nice,nice ,nice :)

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26 Molly Smith August 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Your idea is brilliant! This set is so bright and colorful. Who wouldn't want to start playing with it? LOVE it!
~molly

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27 Erica @ Doodles and Doilies August 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

This is such a cute idea! I love it. I hope you will link this up to my Delight Me party over at Doodles & Doilies!

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28 Bethany August 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

THAT is entirely too adorable. If I made it the end result would look like something the dog left behind, hahahaha. But seriously—waaaay cute!

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29 chillin with Quillin August 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

sooo cute, love it!!!!
Paula

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30 Katerina August 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Great idea, very cute.
I like it!

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31 Shannon Brennan August 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Adorable!

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32 CREATIVE MIND August 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

So smart..a very cool game :) thanks for the step by step my dear!!

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33 Norene August 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

I love it!! The leaf was a fantastic idea.

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