First invented in 1938 by American architect Alfred Mosher Butts, the classic word game of Scrabble is one of the most popular board games around, with over 150 million sets sold worldwide. Whether or not you’re a die-hard Scrabble fan, you might be interested to know that this game has its very own holiday. The most obvious way to celebrate this day is to dust off your old board game and play a couple of rounds with friends and family. But if you’re looking for a more unique way to celebrate Scrabble Day, which occurs on April 13 (the creator of the game’s birthday), read on to learn more about fun crafts that you can make in your apartment using Scrabble tiles, boards and other game pieces.
The cute, compact Scrabble tiles lend themselves perfectly to creating earrings and other jewelry perfect for word nerds. To make earrings, you’ll need a 1/16” drill bit, cute scrapbook paper (if you want to decorate the tiles), an adhesive like Mod Podge, acrylic finishing spray and jump rings. Cut the paper into small square shapes, affix to the tiles using Mod Podge and finish off each tile by spraying the acrylic finish coating. Take the drill bit and drill a small hole near the top of the tile and thread a jump ring through the hole. You can also make beautiful Scrabble tile pendants, tile rings and tile bracelets using slightly different materials.
Who says girls get to have all the Scrabble jewelry fun? Perfect for the stylish and sophisticated man in your life, these tile cufflinks are super easy to make and are a great way to bring a little fun to an otherwise stuffy suit. Simply pick out the tiles you’d like to use and apply some epoxy glue to the flat base of a silver or gold toned cufflink blank. Once dry, they’re ready for a night on the town.
These adorable Scrabble tile coastersmake a great addition to any coffee table. To get started, you’ll need 16 tiles (makes one coaster), anXacto knife, a ruler, an E-6000 glue gun, a 4” x 4” piece of thin cork and a paper towel. Take the tiles and decide which words you are going to use. If you’re having trouble coming up with four four-letter words, something beverage related would work nicely, such as Beer, Brew, Hops and Pint or Java, Shot, Bean and Teas. Lightly sand the back of all the tiles so the glue will adhere more strongly, and put an even layer of glue on the back of the first tile, gluing to the upper right hand corner of the piece of work. Continue this process with the remaining tiles, making sure to place a tiny bead of glue between each adjacent tile. Let the coasters dry overnight, trim the edges of the cork and enjoy.
From Racks to Riches
For an elegant display stand that’s perfect for holding your favorite pieces of jewelry or cherished photographs, you can jazz up Scrabble tile racks using a paint brush, decorative papers and felt. Choose a pretty piece of decorative paper and use an adhesive such as Mod Podge to apply pieces of paper to the tile rack, using a paint brush to smooth out creases. Then, using a hot glue gun, glue a colorful piece of felt to the bottom to protect surfaces.
It’s About Time
One of the more unique crafts we’ve seen using recycled Scrabble pieces is this funky clock made from a game board and assorted tiles. First, drill a hole through the center of the board and brace the back with two small wooden rulers, attached with wood glue, so the board won’t fall over onto itself. Flip the board over and begin attaching the tiles, using the wood glue sparingly. Place a stack of heavy books over the tiles and allow the board to dry overnight. Once dry, insert a clock mechanism, assemble the clock and hang where desired.
Having trouble locating materials? Look for old Scrabble games in local thrift stores, or ask friends and family if they have games they no longer use that they’d like to donate to the crafting cause. Ebay and Craigslist are also great sources for tiles, boards and other game pieces.
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