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Tic Tac Toe

Earth Day is coming up next week, and I received a challenge of sorts from someone representing Tic Tac® mints to come up with a fun way to reuse or upcycle a Tic Tac® container. Now, I want to pause for a few quick notes.

1. In all honesty, Earth Day isn't a big deal to me. I'm more about the Creator than the creation, so rather than celebrate the earth, I'd rather treat it with respect all the time as a way of honoring the Creator. (After all, I do believe it was Made with Love.)

2. I love these mints, but it has been a while since I had one. The packaging is different from the last time I had them (which might tell you how long it has been), but the mints have the same appeal they always did: My grandma (who is no longer with us) always carried them, and they bring back good memories.

Anyway, back to this challenge. I had no idea what I would come up with, but the fine folks at Tic Tac® offered an incentive: free Tic Tacs (12 packs!) for one lucky reader! So, I took them up on their offer. At the end of this post you'll find giveaway information, but first...here's how to make your own Tic Tac® Toe game (see what I did there?)!!!

Tic Tac Toe

This mini travel game of Tic Tac® Toe is perfect to keep in your bag when you're on the go. Yes, I realize you could just draw it out on some scratch paper, but where's the fun in that? And this is so easy, you could make a bunch so that every little person you know has their own.

Tic Tac Toe

Here's what you need:
Empty Tic Tac® container with the label removed
Washi tape (I got mine at Target in the stationery section)
Felt scraps in two colors
Scissors

Tic Tac Toe

Cut a piece of washi tape that is about as wide as the Tic Tac® container, then cut that into 4 thin strips.

Tic Tac Toe

Place the pieces of tape onto the container in a tic tac toe pattern.

If you don't have colored tape, you could probably use acrylic paint for this, but I'm not sure of the results. Certainly it would be prone to scratches.

Tic Tac Toe

Cut small pieces of felt. You'll need 5 pieces of each color, but you could cut extras in case some get lost along the way.

Tic Tac Toe

Now you're ready to play!

Tic Tac Toe

When you're done, stow all of the pieces inside, and snap the lid closed. The pieces are small enough that you can just shake them right out of the lid when it's time to play!

Tic Tac Toe

I only bought the white kind, but another way to do this would be to fill this container with two different flavors/colors, and use the mints as your playing pieces...how about that?!

Tic Tac Toe
Tic Tac Toe

And I promised you a giveaway. One lucky reader gets a package of 12 packs of Tic Tac® mints! That's a lot of little games! (and bonus: fresh breath!) So...Leave your name and your favorite color/flavor of Tic Tac®, and I'll announce a random winner.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Maureen!

58 comments:

  1. Lol so cute! I'm a fan of the orange tic tacs myself :)

    Thanks for the idea,
    Leah

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  2. This post made me smile - thanks - cute for my nieces and nephews! love little ideas like this. thanks again!

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  3. What a cute project! I use old tic tac containers to hold my plethora of bobby pins. Works like a charm! I like the orange ones best :)

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  4. This is a great (& adorable) idea! My favorite tic tacs are the wintergreen!

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  5. This is so awesome! I like the wintergreen tic tacs. :)

    Thank you!

    blancacarlson@live.com

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  6. When we are in Hungary serving as short term missionaries, we get the passion fruit tic tacs. They are yummy and my favorite. Love the little game. I'll have to make it for my grands.

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  7. The orange ones are my favorites too. But they always make me feel like I'm eating candy, not getting fresh breath.

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  8. I love the orange ones and the vanilla ( is that their name ) ? the white ones. Super delish!!

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  9. Cute little game. That would be a fun project for kids to make (an Earth Day craft?). (speaking of Earth Day, I stitched up the free earth day pattern and it turned out so cute--my first completed hoop!).

    As for tic tacs? I like the orange ones.

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  10. That is such a cute idea! I made an outdoor survival kit that fit into a Tic Tac box once, but this is infinitely more adorable! My favourite flavour has always been orange.

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  11. This is such a cute idea! I'm personally a fan of the white mint ones. ;)

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  12. Oo, I like the orange ones, although white it nice too. :) Aileen

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  13. Mary Kate9:02 AM

    I love the orange ones! Mmmm

    mkglime at gmail

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  14. Why is it that we almost all tell you a color instead of a flavor? My favorites are "the orange ones", too. That's a very fun idea - now I'm thinking of other fun little "stash and go" games with tic tac containers! Yummmmmmy!

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  15. Love it! My Sis In Law is collecting them to reuse them as storage containers (buttons, beads, etc) I have a few in my purse. One has mini band aids and a couple of sample packs of Neosporin, another has a tiny screwdriver and screws (for sunglasses/eye glasses). I know I "shouldn't" but I also have one with a few Tylenol & Advil in it. They are really great containers. Oh, and I like most flavors of Tic Tac...Lol

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  16. How cute! I have always wanted to make something with a tic tac container :) My favorite color is blue, they are really tasty too.

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  17. Eeeep! This is so cute!

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  18. What a perfect, simple game idea! Perfect for my little kiddos to play quietly in church! Will have to make some out of those winning packs ;)

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  19. This is awesome! Love it! My favorite tic tacs are the orange ones...delicious!

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  20. I have recently tried the papaya&lime tic tacs and they ae fabulous!

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  21. What an adorable idea. I might have to try it with my church class. And I love the orange one too.

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  22. This is a cute idea! I'll have to make one for my son. I love the orange ones. They're oh so yummy and bring back good memories too. :)

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  23. Mollie,

    Honestly, where do you come up with these ideas? Never would I have thought of this one. Too bad the pieces are too small for faces to be drawn on them.

    Maureen

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    1. P.S. I haven't had Tic Tacs in years but my favorite ones were the green mint ones when I did buy them.

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  24. definitely orange!

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  25. Cinnamon if I can get it, then orange. I'm not big on the white ones, but that's what my kids like. When my kids were younger and we were travelling, it was hard sometimes to get them to 'try' to go to the bathroom at the rest stops. I wanted them to try because sometimes it was a long time between stops. I would bribe them with a tick tack to 'try'. My 15 year old talks about that now and thinks it's so funny.

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  26. My kids love the orange ones. They beg for them every time we check out at the market. Thank you for the fun idea and a great giveaway!

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  27. I love the tic tac toe idea but i might try painting the from with chalkboard paint, then using acrylic paint, paint the grid. The kids can store bits of chalk and a wipe scrap in the box.
    I usually reuse mine for mini "I spy" games.
    My favorite flavor is orange. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    Genevieve

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  28. Neat idea! Love the play on words :) My son and I both are fans of the orange ones. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love love love the orange ones but some of the flavors like papapya and lime I have never heard of.

    I have used mine to carry needles in for stitching on the go. They also hold my mini rotary cutter blades so once they are dull I change them out and throw away the old one in the Tic Tac box so that no one in garbage land gets hurt.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Vicki R
    sunraesban@yahoo.com

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  30. What a fun giveaway! My favorite flavor of tic tacs is the traditional minty ones.

    I'm totally with you on the Earth Day thing-I think it's good to take care of the planet, but only because it is a wonderful gift to us from God, and it's important not to let our Earth Day celebrations and other environmentalist efforts descend into Earth worship instead of focusing on the Creator. :)

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  31. I think you could also use little buttons instead of felt or something similar to buttons - that way they also rattle in the container. I still love that and would have absolutely adored playing with something like that as a child.
    (I'm 23 now.. ;D)

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  32. Cute project! I like orange best. I think most people do. :)
    Orange you glad you asked?

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  33. Eeeeh so cute and fun!

    Definitely like orange the best!
    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  34. Ahrellah2:41 PM

    Orange seems to be quite popular. And it's my favorite as well. :)

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  35. Caitlin I2:47 PM

    That is so adorable!! I like the orange tic-tacs.

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  36. Very cute idea. Will have to remember it when I have grandchildren. My favourites are the white ones.

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  37. Oh, how adorable. I love the orange ones!!!

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  38. This is so cute!!! I like the white ones.. Thank you!!

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  39. How cute - love the spearment tic tacs.

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  40. ohhh I can't get tic-tacs here. Do they still do the packs with half green and half orange they would be fun to play tic-tac-toe with and you could eat the counters when you are done!
    PS they are my favorite too followed by white

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  41. So darn cute! I think I'll make a few... tuck one in the car console, one in the purse, one in the office. My fave Tic Tac flavor is Spearment. My favorite color is yellow... I don't think that is in line with Tic Tac flavors!! Be blessed, Kathy

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  42. What a cute idea and a clever play on the Tic Tac name! My favorite flavor of Tic-Tac is wintergreen (or any of the mint flavors).

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  43. How cute! I love tic tacs - white is my favorite!

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  44. Cleaver idea- Orange Tic Tacs all the way for me :-)

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  45. Definitely orange!

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  46. I love this idea! I've got to try it soon! :)

    My favorite flavor of tic tacs are the originals, very minty and fresh...

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  47. Wow! I cant believe how excited I am for this giveaway! I love the orange ones :)

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  48. This is so awesome!! I am going to have to make some for my kids as soon as possible! My daughter was begging to make one as soon as she saw it!! =D

    I think the new Strawberry Tic Tac looks neat and I'd love to try it but my all time favorite is orange! My grandma always had/has the green ones. She used to give us one little Tic Tac when we would visit her. That's the only time I would ever eat the green ones!! They just seem so special that way!! lol

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  49. The spearmint would be great cause the box is in my favorite colour ;)
    As a child I liked the orange ones most and I only know them and the white ones you used.

    You can also fix something inside the box, so you won't get scratches on it.

    Have a nice weekend!

    PS: Your new picture is truly lovely!

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  50. This is great!! Love it! My favorite tic tacs are the cinnamon ones, but I can never find them anymore. Orange is a very close second :)

    xo,
    Christen Krumm
    thekrumms@gmail.com
    ChristenKrumm.com

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  51. Cute idea much?

    I love love love the spearmint ones but there all rather lovely!

    Becky from Blue Belle Lovely
    bluebellelovely@gmail.com

    xox

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  52. Orange tic tacs, yum!

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  53. I love the white ones. This game is so sweet!

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  54. Oh...how adorbs! Your projects and ideas rock my socks off! I wish I had an IRL friend like you! I lurve the cinnamon tic tacs but am worried now that I am seeing people are having trouble finding them! Thanks for the post, giveaway, and sweet perspective on Earth Day...totally with you 100%!

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  55. I love the white ones!!! :3

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  56. SUCH a cute idea Mollie! How do you come up with all these great ideas?!? You're amazing. I definitely like the white and teal-ish tic tacs.

    xoxo
    Janee
    www.yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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  57. love this one!! What a perfect idea. :)

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