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DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

Overview

Find out how to make a giant noughts and crosses game in your backyard.

Steps

1Draw squares on plywood

Measure, mark and draw ten 220mm squares on your plywood. You will draw the noughts and crosses shapes inside these. 


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2Draw up a nought

For the noughts, drill a screw in the centre of one square about a third of the way into your wood. Measure and cut a 215mmm piece of string and tie it to the screw.

Tie a pencil to the other end of the string and use that to draw a perfect circle each time. Do the same with a 90mm piece of string to draw the inner circle.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

3Draw up a cross

For the crosses, mark the centre point in a square and use your ruler to draw a cross from corner to corner. Then measure up and mark the width of your cross.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

4Cut out the noughts

Use your jigsaw to cut the nought out of the plywood. You can use this as a template to make the other noughts. When you've cut the circle, use your router to cut the inside circle out.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

5Cut out the crosses

Use your jigsaw to cut the cross out of the plywood. You can use this as a template to make the other crosses.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

6Sand the edges

Sand the edges of your noughts and crosses with an electric sander. 

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

7Paint the noughts and crosses

Then paint your noughts and crosses any colour you like. We've used bright colours for a bit of fun.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

8Make the border

To create the borders for your game area, take the four sleepers, lay them out in a border and tack on a temporary brace. 

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

9Screw sleepers together

Hammer a star picket on each corner and screw the sleepers together. You can also paint the sleepers first to help define the area better. 

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

10Fill border with sand

Pack and level the inside of your border with sand, making sure you don't overfill it. Leave about 40mm between the surface of the sand and top edge of the sleepers. 

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

11Lay pavers

Evenly place nine pavers on the sand inside the border, leaving about 150mm between each paver. Gently hammer each paver with a rubber mallet and use your level to make sure they're even. We also painted our pavers before we started, to liven them up.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

12Add bark

Pour some bark around the pavers and evenly spread it out. You can use any colour you like but we've chosen black to make the pavers stand out.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

13Start playing

The rules of the game are simple. Each player chooses a shape and takes turns placing them on the pavers. The first to get three of their shapes in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, wins.

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. giant outdoor noughts and crosses . Blob storage upload.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.