Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scrabble Wall Art Tutorial

We love Scrabble at our house, so when I saw this project it was a no brainer! I had to make it and of course I had to show you how too! This project is a little more expensive than other projects I have done in the past, but it's well worth it. Who doesn't want a playable Scrabble game hanging on their walls?!

What You Need:
-A Picture Frame ( I would suggest at least an 8X10)
-A Piece of Sheet Metal (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.)
-Liquid Nail (or any strong adhesive)
-100+ Magnets (found at any craft store. Go to HobbyLobby.com to get a "40% off an item" coupon)
-Scrabble Tiles (or make your own, see below)
-Clear Spray Paint

-Tin Snips: if you cannot find sheet metal to fit your frame buy a piece that is a little bigger and cut it with Tin Snips to make it fit.
-Mod Podge: (Or Elmers Glue. Used to Decorate the metal)
-Bag of wooden tiles (only necessary if you are making your own tiles)
-Paper to cover the metal (I used pages from a Thesaurus)

Click Photos to Enlarge

If you do not have scrabble tiles do this:

Go to the craft store and buy little wooden tiles.
They usually sell them in a variety bag.
Write words or letters on them and use them for this project:

Lets Begin!

If you bought a piece of sheet metal that is bigger than your frame start here:

Measure and mark cut lines on the sheet metal to fit your picture frame.
Cut the piece of sheet metal with Tin Snips:
(My Frame is 24X18" so I measured 24X18" on my sheet metal)

 Cut Safely!

Now, lay the sheet metal in your frame to make sure it fits:

Now that you know the metal fits, take it out and decorate it!
I Mod Podged Thesaurus pages to mine.
You can also use Elmer's Glue if you dont have Mod Podge.
I used both.

Begin laying and glueing your paper of choice all over the metal sheet.
Try not to saturate the paper. Use just enough to get it to stick.

Once you are done gluing allow the paper to dry for a 1/2 hour or so.
Next, spray the clear coat spray paint over the paper.
Let the spray paint dry and do it two more times.

 While you are waiting for the spray paint to dry begin gluing the magnets to the back of the tiles:

Once the spray paint is dry flip the sheet metal over and cut off any pieces of paper that hang over the edge:

Flip it back over and glue down anything that is sticking up:

If you are using a large frame, like I am, lay a book down so the metal doesn't bow in. Make sure you use a book that is level or lower than where the metal will sit:

Get your liquid nail or heavy duty glue out and glue around the inside ledge of entire frame:

Lay the sheet metal in your frame face down.
Make sure you put it in evenly.
Once the sheet metal is in, put another layer of glue around the frame as shown:

If the sheet metal is popping up place a couple of heavy objects on those places.
Allow the glue to dry completely before moving!

Once the glue is dry flip it over and put the scrabble pieces on.

You're Finished!


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