Magnetic Scrabble Board

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Magnetic Scrabble Board

 

This is a project that I completed 2 years ago so I don’t have any “in progress” photos (who knew I’d be blogging about crafts back then?!). It seems like a lot of steps but it’s pretty simple.

A few years ago I moved from an apartment to my first house. My new house was much bigger than the apartment and needed artwork so there I was working with a blank canvas (pun intended ;)). I didn’t have a ton of money to spend on the new home beautification and I also thought it would be nice to have my own creations as home décor eye candy…so the projects commenced!

1)First, the frame was one I purchased for around $15 at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section. I always wondered what the heck someone was going to do with those random frames that had no hanging hardware and no glass, but alas, here we are!  You can use any old frame that is sturdy enough to support the metal sheet though. Remember, you can spray paint almost anything!

2) Next, I went to Home Depot and purchased a magnetic sheet of metal for $20. Back up…I THOUGHT I bought a magnetic sheet of metal. The employee who helped me steered me toward the wrong item. It wasn’t until I got home, cut the sheet to size, and applied ALL of the dictionary pages, that I found out the sheet was ALUMINUM and I had to start over!! So please, be sure you’re purchasing an actual magnetic sheet to save yourself time and money!

3) So back to the project…I used a pair of metal cutters and cut the sheet to size.

4) Next, I used Spray Adhesive & Spray Mod Podge to apply the dictionary pages. I wanted the look of the old pages and a friend of mine had and old one laying around so I didn’t have to purchase one. You could check out your local thrift shop or garage sale or you can purchase a dictionary.  I used the spray adhesive to apply the pages then put a top coat of Mod Podge.

5) I then used E6000 cement glue to secure the entire metal sheet to the inside of the frame. Let this set until it’s completely dry before hanging. PS…E6000 cement glue is amazing and can be used for a variety of different projects.

6) Secure the hanging hardware in whichever direction you want your frame to hang. Utilize the directions on the package when putting on the hardware, otherwise, your frame won’t rest flush with the wall.

7)Since my frame was black and I didn’t want it to potentially mark up my walls, I added 4 felt pads to the back corners.

8)If you don’t have an old Scrabble board to loot the letter tiles then you can get a replacement pack.  If you see a Scrabble game at a garage sale, snatch it up! Those letter tiles can be used for other projects!!

9)Use the E6000 glue to secure magnets to the letter tiles and let them dry.

10) VOILA! It’s family fun for everyone. We have this in the kitchen and you just never know what kind of message you’ll find spelled out when you come home from work!

Materials & tools:

Frame

Magnetic metal sheet

Metal cutters

Spray adhesive

Mod Podge

Small dictionary

Tile letters

Magnets

Hanging hardware