This was so easy to make. I simply cut a heart template out of construction paper, then used it to cut 10 red hearts and 10 white hearts. (Even though there are only 9 hearts on the board at a time, you want to be sure that each color has enough to win!) I put two hearts together, used a hot glue gun to glue almost all the way around the inside edge, filled the hearts (through the unglued opening) with pinto beans (my daughter did all of the filling), then used the glue gun to seal the hearts. Voila!
Next I cut a big heart out of pink fleece. I chose fleece because it doesn't fray and I wanted to create a no-sew project. Before you cut the heart, lay your bean bag hearts on top of the fabric to ensure that your game board heart will be big enough. I cut four pieces of ribbon, pinned them to the heart in the shape of a Tic Tac Toe grid, then used the hot glue gun to glue them in place. That's it!
The best part? The game board ties up around the bean bags, creating its own storage space. What more could you ask for?