Upcycling a Wooden Cake Stand into a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

Upcycling a Wooden Cake Stand into a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

Ok, you guys- I went “shopping” in my garage again and decided to finally repurpose this wooden cake stand. It was one of those “I’ll think of a project later” purchases while thrifting one day. And now that the warmer weather is here, I decided to upcycle it into a tic tac toe game board for a fun (and pretty) thrift store makeover.

Wooden cake stand at a thrift store for upcycling into a game board

Upcycling the pedestal cake stand into a tic tac toe game board would be easy enough. And for the game pieces, I decided to use some lace ribbon and small doilies!

Small doilies and lace ribbon to make the xs and os for tic tac toe

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Thrift Store Makeover for a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

First things first, I gave the cake stand base a makeover with some Rust-Oleum chalk paint (I used the spray paint version). This would give it a clean, fresh feel for my tic tac toe game board.

Spray chalk paint on a pedestal cake stand as thrift store makeovers

After the paint dried, I distressed it along the edges to add contrast and buffed the wooden cake stand with clear wax.

But when it came time to try my hand at painting straight lines for a tic tac toe board, I panicked. Straight lines?? That is WAY too much pressure for an amateur like myself.

So, I decided to cheat a little and used some narrow washi tape to create the lines on the tic tac toe game board.

Washi tape for making the lines of a tic tac toe board

When all was said and done, I had a large scale hashtag or pound sign on the wooden cake stand.

Perfect for a tic tac toe game, don’t you think?

Tic tac toe game board with a wooden cake stand

Seriously, that was so much less stressful than trying to paint lines for a tic tac toe game board!

Next, I focused on creating the Xs and Os that would serve as the game pieces.

Since I had painted the wooden cake stand white, I needed to dye my game pieces. But going through the actual fabric-dyeing process seemed a little complicated for such small bits. So, I decided to color them with fabric ink instead- definitely an easier option for this task!

For the Os, I used some small doilies that I had leftover after making my winter scene tote bag project. I used the soft fabric ink in yellow to give the Os a pop of color.

Soft fabric ink on small doilies for xs and os to play tic tac toe

And for my x’s, I used lace ribbon. Since the doilies were 2” wide, I snipped ten 2” strips of lace ribbon and quickly stitched them into a cross/x-shapes by hand.

Game pieces for a tic tac toe board with a wooden cake stand

Upcycling a Wooden Cake Stand into a Tic Tac Toe Game Board

Now that I had my doily and lace ribbon game pieces, I was ready to combine everything for my tic tac toe game!

Xs and Os for a tic tac toe board with a pedestal cake stand

And just like that, I had a tic tac toe game board that was cute and colorful and made in a most unexpected way!

I love the summery look of it, and it’s seriously perfect to put out during parties, picnics, and gatherings.

Thrift store makeovers with a wooden cake stand as a tic tac toe board

What would you have done with the cake stand base? I would have loved to have found one with the glass dome (y’all remember my Christmas cheese dome project, right??), but even just the base was a project waiting to happen!

If you liked this upcycling idea with crochet doilies, then you may also enjoy this doily table runner as well!

doily table runner for spring decor

And, don’t forget that my first book is now available! If you love working with flannel or fabric crafts in general (sewing and non-sewing), then you will LOVE “Crafting with Flannel”!

Craft book on flannel fabric

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Very cute and creatiive. I love that little cake stand. I would have snatched it up too!

  2. Cute little cake stand! Never “wood” have thought of that application for it though!

  3. What a great idea! You are very creative

  4. Too stinkin’ cute!

  5. That is cute! My mom had a brass tic tac toe and the grandkids loved playing her so much! Thanks for joining us again at Throwback Thursday!!


  6. What a creative idea! We’re always up for a game of Tic-Tac-Toe!

  7. Aw, this is the cutest and SO creative! Love the added detail of having doily/lace playing pieces. Thanks so much for linking up at The DIY Creative!

  8. This is such a cute idea. What a fun conversation piece.

  9. The way your mind works!! I want a little piece of that. Seriously…you are very creative.

    Happy Thoughts of Home friend.

  10. Oh my you have done some adorable things in the past but this one surpasses them all. Thank you for sharing your creative tic tack toe game stand at Vintage Charm!

  11. This is darling and just so darn clever. I totally would have bought that cake stand too. Super cute. I would love to have you share this on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party happening every Sunday at noon EST on Ava’s Alphabet and 5 other great blogs. Have a great week!

  12. Such a fun idea. I love how your cake stand turned tic tac toe turned out! Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration on this week’s Monday Funday Party!

  13. I love this idea. Such fun way to enjoy an age old classic.

  14. Sadly my stash “aka” hoarders bin has lots of items from the thrift store waiting to be called into service. Using washi tape for the lines was a great idea. If I tried to paint straight lines it would look like my 19 month old grandson did it! Thank you for linking up with us again this week and we love it when you do.

  15. Isn’t this just TOO cute! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. You never cease to surprise me with your clever up cycles! & for me just another reason to get a cake stand 😉
    Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared See you again soon.

  17. charleneasay1 says

    I would have never thought of this. Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  18. I love this idea!! What a great thing to have out when you have a houseful of guests – kids AND grown ups!Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  19. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    This is such a cute idea. And don’t worry about the hoarding, it’s all for a greater purpose. Pinning and sharing.

  20. What a fun & clever idea! It’s perfect for hanging out on porch and playing games 🙂

  21. Looks like you’ve made yourself a creative little DIY! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

  22. Debbie C. says

    This is such an adorable idea! I’m thinking of making mine into a checker board game. And for pieces? The possibilities for us craft hoarders! 2 different colors of felt squares, small flat wood shapes, sea shells or buttons. Can’t wait to get started!

  23. So cute…..my great grandson likes board games. This would b great fun for us using boy themed x’s and o’s.

  24. Susan Gordon-Foley says

    I thought there was more then I idea!

  25. What a fun idea! The grandkids would love this! ?

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