If you peruse Pinterest, you may have seen this project -- coasters made out of Scrabble tiles.
I pinned this idea right away. Scrabble is my favorite board game, and last year, when my son's friend was living with us, he and I played frequently. (I hate to admit that he beat me often, but every now and again, I would come through with a triple word score and take the game!)
Last year, I made him a quilt using a panel of Scrabble fabric, and I knew this would be a fun gift for him this year, as he is moving on in life and starting his first 'real' job.
|A Scrabble Quilt|
You will also need a backing material. I headed to another favorite recycling store, The Resource Exchange, in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia (www.theresourceexchange.org). This great store recycles all kinds of neat and interesting stuff, mostly from theater and movie sets, including furniture, wood, yards of fabric and trims, old photos and posters and, for this project, a couple of 12" square tiles of cork.
The right kind of adhesive makes all the difference, and I reached for my tube of E 6000. This clear glue is strong, won't stick your fingers together, and yields a permanent bond when it cures for 24 or more hours.
|It's better to spread the glue onto the cork than onto each Scrabble tile. An old credit card helps with this!|
Do you get it? Read and chat around a cozy fire! My daughter's included "Wine Stem Goes Here" and "Beer Pint Goes Here."
When you have the tiles arranged, it is a good idea to tape them with a piece of wide packing tape...that way, if you can't finish them right away, you won't forget the words!
After spreading glue on the cork, I positioned each letter, and when they were all down, I made sure they lined up well. (Note: these tiles aren't perfectly square, so they don't always make a straight line across and down).
|I added an apostrophe with a black sharpie after the glue dried.|
I used a weight to hold everything in place while the glue was setting.
Each coaster was finished with two coats of clear poly-acrylic sealer. A dozen coasters cost about $33.00. I packaged 6 together for a gift -- just about right for a gift exchange.
I had about 30 or so tiles left over, and then saw this on Pinterest.
I searched through my tiles, ordered a few more from Sun and Moon, and now have 7 Christmas ornaments ready for gift-giving next holiday season.
Which got me thinking...you could spell anything and turn it into an ornament. How about "The Devine Household" or "Nathan's First Christmas". They also sell a few punctuation marks...how about "#we'reengaged" or "Let it Go!" This could turn into an addiction!
While this isn't an original idea, I hope it inspires you. So many times we pin things on Pinterest, but never bother to make them. Sometimes it's because there are no instructions! I'm sure there are more ways to use Scrabble tiles out there, and now that you know where to get them, you'll come up with some fantastic ideas, too!