Although I don’t get to craft as much as I used to, I always have a running list of DIY craft projects I want to tackle at any given time.
I even have a huge cabinet full of art supplies that I can pull from.
Next up on my list? LARGE DIY SCRABBLE TILES!
If you haven’t seen these yet, they’re oversized versions of regular Scrabble pieces that make perfect wall displays.
I saw them in an antique store of all places (they’re not antique, but they do feel rustic so they fit right in) and I fell in LOVE with these jumbo sized versions of my favorite board game.
How to Create Huge Scrabble Pieces
Before I get into ANY homemade craft project, I like to know what materials I’ll need. One of the most frustrating things in the world is when you get all excited and start a new project only to realize you’re missing a super important material or tool!
I’ve done this so many times that I decided to list out the materials, buy them and inventory them before I make the project!
I started my research for this craft project by looking at actual listings of Scrabble wall art so I could have a clear picture in my mind of what I would be creating. I gathered info on dimensions, tile sizes, fonts, and even templates, then bookmarked the examples I found.
(For what it’s worth, apparently these make great crafts to sell for extra cash! 🙂
What Size Should You Make Your Letter Tiles?
Apparently you can make these wall tiles in just about any size you like. I found that the most common dimensions were 5×5 (example), 6×6 (example), 8×8 (example). Most wooden pieces seem to be about 1″ thick boards.
Really you could make them any square size you like from 2×2 to 8×8. I’ll probably go with 5×5 so they are giant enough to make a statement but don’t take up the whole wall.
The most commonly mentioned font I found mentioned was Arial, although if you have access to it, I believe Montserrat is a great option as well.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Large Wooden Letters
I found a great tutorial on the Something Turquoise blog. Jen includes clear to follow step by step instructions + a supply list.
I noticed that Jen used paint to write the letters…I think I might try vinyl myself. One other change I might make is to stain the square block of wood a darker color. I love the look of darker tiles even though that’s not exactly how Scrabble tiles actually look.
Click here to read the step-by-step instructions:
Ways to Display Your Personalized Letter Wall Art
I just love how the Scrabble tiles lend a farmhouse look to a wall. You can arrange these wooden letters on your wall to:
- spell out a first name or family name
- spell out the actual word “family” or “home” and hang those tiles above a gallery of family photos
- display your favorite Bible verse or saying
- spell out the state where you live or where you first met your significant other (as such, these would make a cute anniversary gift!)
- design a mixed media gallery wall like this one
I saw one tutorial that recommended putting a heart like this or the & sign on tiles where you need to connect words together. Just some ideas to consider so you can make the wall art display your own! Since I don’t know what size tiles you’ll be making I can’t link to the proper size template for the heart or ampersand, but you can find tons of them online when you’re ready.
I’m considering making them in my son’s name and putting “JULIAN” up on his bedroom wall.
The other idea I had was to make the word “CREATE” for our playroom and hang that above the kids’ craft table.
I don’t think you can go wrong with how you hang these oversized Scrabble tiles because they are just so darn cute!
Video Tutorial for Making Large Wooden Scrabble Tile Pieces
If you’re like me you ALSO like seeing something done on video before attempting it. I found a great step by step video tutorial that walks you through making DIY Scrabble tiles with a darker look: