Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrabble Tile Boys Decor

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I have been wanting to do this project for quite a while. I am thrilled to have finally been able to. It is a simple one and doesn't take too long....
Scrabbled Tiles for Mr. T's room. Not bad for a $2 craft eh?!
So here's the low down on how to do this....
Grab your paper and pen. Start jotting down descriptive words for what you want; girls, boys, bathroom, whatever. Then you have several words to play with. Pick the ones you want and plan your scrabbled board out.
Then stop by your local Home Depot. Head to the back of the lumber section. They usually have a cart with wood scraps in them. This is called the "cull" lumber. It is unusable in building but they know us crafters can still use it so they spray the end to mark it and sell it drastically reduced. My Home Depot sells it for $0.67 a board. I grabbed a couple but only needed one good size piece.
These are 1x2's.
Measure off to make a square then make your cut.
Keep going until you have all the blocks you want.
Then head over to your trusty sander. Sand off the grean and smooth the corners just a bit.
Ohh, and don't forget to get that blanket that should be in the van nice and dusty so you have to wash it before it can be used again......
I cut my letters from black vinyl with my cricut and "George and Basics" cartridge. The letters are 2 inches and the numbers are 1 inch. I didn't paint my wood at all. Just apply the letters and numbers.
Oh, and don't worry about number values. Google is a great tool! Here they are....
  • 2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
  • 1 point: E ×12, A ×9, I ×9, O ×8, N ×6, R ×6, T ×6, L ×4, S ×4, U ×4
  • 2 points: D ×4, G ×3
  • 3 points: B ×2, C ×2, M ×2, P ×2
  • 4 points: F ×2, H ×2, V ×2, W ×2, Y ×2
  • 5 points: K ×1
  • 8 points: J ×1, X ×1
  • 10 points: Q ×1, Z ×1
I finished it off with a matte finishing spray. This helped to seal the wood too.
Now, how to hang them.
If you haven't used Command hooks yet give them a try. I love these (and noones paying me to say so) I use them all over my house, especially around the holidays. They are easily removable and I don't have to worry about holes in my walls.
I opted for the velcro tabs. They can be placed entirely behind the wood tile but I can still get to them when I need to change things up a bit.
See, you can't even tell what's holding the tiles up.
Dear hubby likes it a lot. He said that if I was going to do so many great projects he should have finished my craft room sooner. Uhmm, YEAH!
I think it's time to add some color to little mans room. These tiles would really pop on a Navy wall!
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  1. Great job! I love how their bigger tiles! My boys need this! You should join me for Handmade 52

    1. Thanks Katie. Your boys will love it. Just a warning though, my dear friends little boys was not thrilled she chose "loved" as one of her words. lol I'm gonna check out your Handmade 52. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. LOVE this, Shannon! I'm soooooo doing this! Forget Pinterest---can I just pin your brain?!?

  3. Hey Rebekah, Thanks so much. This is just my way of maintaining my sanity. What else is a girl in a world of boys to do.


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