Ordinary Scrabble tiles are transformed into unique jewelry and accessories with just a few supplies and a little inspiration.
- Scrabble Tiles. Yard sales and thrift stores can yield a whole game’s worth for under a dollar. Or, if you’re enthusiastic and ready to get crafting, there are several people selling tiles on eBay.
- Mod Podge (not pictured.) Any clear-drying craft will do, but Mod Podge is my favorite.
- A Three-Dimensional Gloss Medium, such as Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze. (The former is available at my local craft store, so it’s what I’ve used.)
- An image of some sort. You can print something off of your computer, pick an image out of a magazine or an old book, or use your own tiny art work. (My digital store, Uncovered Images has a selection of printable images that are formatted to just the right size to make Scrabble tile crafts, including the cool deer seen here.)
- A strong epoxy glue such as E-6000.
- Whatever you’d like glue your finished scrabble tile to: magnets, hair barrettes, rings, or necklaces. To make necklaces, you’ll want a piece called a “bail” which will glue directly to your scrabble tile. You’ll also need a chain to go through the bail (Not pictured.)
1. Use a paint brush to cover one side of your Scrabble tile with a thin coat of mod podge.
2. Glue your image to the tile. Hold it up to the light so that you can line it up just right. Some people like to cut out the image first, and then glue it down, but I find that this way gives me a cleaner look.
3. Let the glue dry for a couple of minutes. Turn the tile face down and use an X-acto blade to trim off the excess paper. Get right up to the very edges of the tile.
4. See? Doesn’t that look cool already? I like to coat the image again with Mod Podge at this point, especially the very edges. If your edges peel up while the 3-D glaze is drying, your finished tile will wonky. So just use a paint brush and make sure that little piece of paper is really plastered on there.
5. Now, use your 3-D glaze. Outline the edges of the tile, then fill in the middle. You’ll already be able to see how the glaze curves up. Don’t squirt too much out, just cover the entire tile. If you get any air bubbles, you can use the tip of the bottle or a needle to sort of “pull” them off the edge of the tile.
6. Finally, (and this is the hardest step,) let your tile dry for a full 24 hours. After it’s dry, you can glue a magnet or a bail or whatever onto the back.