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Outdoor noughts and crosses.


Take your noughts and crosses to a new level with this super-simple D.I.Y. project! Easy to create, and even easier to set up and pack away each time, this outdoor noughts and crosses game is the perfect accompaniment to any summer BBQ. It’s also a great game for the kids – simple enough to keep them engaged and quick enough that they can play round after round.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Various tools and materials to create a noughts and crosses game.

2Make the noughts

We’re going to use some corkboard to make the noughts and crosses. This will make them nice and uniform, but really you can make the playing pieces out of anything you might have lying around the house, such as old cardboard.

Once you have 10 tiles (or pieces of cardboard), it’s time to paint! Prepare the area by laying down your drop sheet or paint protection.

Drawing freehand, or using a stencil such as a pot plant, draw a large circle in five of the tiles. You can then use a smaller round object to draw a second circle inside (creating a ring design) or leave as is.

Person using round plastic container to draw circle on cork material.

3Make the crosses

Now it’s time for the crosses! Place a ruler in a diagonal position on the tile and trace either side, so you have a diagonal rectangle running across the tile. Repeat in the other direction in order to create a cross. At this stage, you can use masking tape to make sure the paint lines are clean.
Person making timber with sharpie.

4Start painting

Paint your nought, filling in the ring or painting the entire circle so it’s solid. Once you’ve done five, leave to dry. 

Next are the crosses. Paint these with a different coloured paint and leave to dry. Repeat on all five remaining tiles and leave to dry.

Person painting circle on corkboard.

5Make the grid

We’re going to make the grid for our game using four pieces of timber, but you can use rope and garden stakes. We’ll need two lengths for the horizontal lines and two for the vertical. We are going to use 2.4m pine moulding and cut it in half.

Measure and mark the centre of your 2.4m length.

Person marking up timber using tape measure and pencil.

6Start sawing

Put on your safety equipment, and then cut in half with a hand saw. Repeat with the second length so you have four pieces.

7Form your grid

If you are using timber, set them down in a grid shape, using a measuring tape to make sure your grid is spaced evenly apart. You could nail the grid together if you wish but these sit nicely on top of each other and means it’s a bit easier to store.

If you are using rope and garden stakes, place two stakes, evenly spaced on the left-most point of your grid space and then measure 1.2m across. Place your next two stakes here, in line with the existing.

Then repeat this process vertically so that you have eight stakes evenly spaced around the outside of your grid. Tie one piece of rope to one stake and run it across to its corresponding stake on the other side, securing it with a knot. Repeat three times with the rest of the stakes so you have a grid shape, with two pieces of rope running horizontally and two running vertically. 

Person laying timber down to complete a grid shape.

8Get making

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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.