I have officially started Christmas crafts for this year and I’m on a roll! Last week, I had a really huge honor of being part of Tatertots and Jello’s Happy Holidays Series. It’s actually still going on so you should probably go check it out and take a peek at all of the other fun holiday posts. I created these fun DIY Scrabble Tile Decorations for the series and I’m excited to finally be sharing them with you!
Today, I’m going to show you how to make these Distressed Scrabble Tile Decorations for your holiday décor this year. And in reality, they could probably work year round as well, making them a great gift.
You can personalize them by choosing different words related to the holidays or something meaningful.
– (3) 5 1/2″ Square Blocks
– 120 Grit Sand Paper
– White Paint
– Satin Wood Sealer
I am the type of person that saves all of my wood scraps from various projects and this is one of the many times when I am glad that I do! For this project, I used left over wood from our Garden Slat Wall , cut them into 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ pieces and then sanded down the edges.
If you don’t want to cut your own pieces you can buy ready made blocks at your craft store.
Next, I gave them one coat of Miniwax Early American Stain. I always prefer to apply my stains with a soft cloth but you could also use a foam brush or roller.
Using my Silhouette, I created my vinyl letters and numbers in Arial font. If you don’t have access to a machine, you can just as easily purchase 4″ vinyl letters and 3/4″ numbers at a craft store.
Using transfer paper to apply the vinyl to the blocks makes the job that much easier!
At this point, if you like what you see you could easily stop here. The stain with the black letters give them a real vintage look. But I decided to take them a step further for a different look.
I am a really big fan of tone on tone and decided to make these blocks another victim of my obsession. I covered the blocks in a coat of white paint and let them dry. The trick to painting over vinyl is to apply a really thin layer of paint so it doesn’t bleed underneath.
Then, using a sheet of 120 grit sand paper, I gently distressed the blocks and the edges. And to finish them off I gave them a coat of satin polyurethic sealer.
A really simple project that can make a fun piece of décor or a great gift for the holidays.