Huzzah and I recently revamped a dingy old plywood table: now it's a fabulous
crossword table that you can fill in and erase again and again! This project is super cheap
and super easy.
glue or rubber cement
crossword puzzle book (or any assortment of crosswords)
clear contact paper
dry erase markers
I had inherited the table in question from a friend, who had covered its nastiness in a
not-quite-so-ugly cloth. Once we removed the cloth, we had to figure out the logistics: how
many crosswords would fit? For our table, 12 pages from the book would fit but leave a gap
around the edges.
The solution to our problem was the solution to the puzzles. [/rimshot] The small, dense
solutions in the back of the book made an excellent contrast to the open spaces in the
puzzles. If you are making a border, figure out how wide it needs to be, and then lay that
down first as a foundation. We cut our solution pages into thirds and glued them around the
edge of the table.
Gluing is easiest with two people, as one person can position the paper while the other smooths it
out. Be careful not to rip the gluey paper.
Then we started laying out the puzzles themselves--carefully, in a grid. We just glued them
down and tried not to wrinkle them too much. If the glue isn't sticking to every single
piece of the paper, don't worry: you'll be covering them with contact paper anyway.
Once you're done gluing, step back and admire how cool your table will be.
Now comes the trickiest part: laying contact paper over the table. Anyone who's worked with
contact paper knows how annoying it can be: wrinkling, sticking to itself. We managed by
very carefully peeling the backing, and then sort of suspending the contact paper over the table (like
laying a fresh sheet on a bed), and then pressing it down very carefully. Cover the entire
table with contact paper, preferably two layers. We did it width-wise first and then ran
out, but I plan to get more contact paper and put on another layer length-wise to smooth out
the few inevitable wrinkles we got.
And that's it! You've got yourself a killer table.
Hours of amusement are ahead of you! Perfect for parties--and the contact paper means
spilled drinks will clean up in a snap!
Dry erase markers work beautifully, especially if you get ones with fine tips.
Enjoy your new table! If you use hard puzzles, you can work on it forever!