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« on: March 28, 2010 10:29:41 PM »

I like to think this is my English major Scrabble game: for people who like words and don't have any money Wink

I found the Scrabble board (and box) at the recycled arts and crafts store, but SOMEONE had taken all the pieces (I'm looking at YOU Craftsters!)  But no worries!  The store also sold mat board, a straight edge, and a white gel pen.

Items needed:
Scrabble board (I suppose you could also make your own), utility knife or (much preferred) a paper cutter that cuts mat board, pencil, straight edge, ruler, cutting board

crayon or pastel crayon, pen, alphabet printed out in your favorite font


1. Use the ruler and straight edge to measure and mark the size of the tiles (they are 3/4" tall and 11/16" wide, at least that's how I measured them from the spaces on the board).
2. Use the straight edge and utility knife or a paper cutter to cut long strips, then individual tiles.  You will need 100 in all, but you'll want to plan for screw ups like the straight edge getting out of square.

3. If using a utility knife, give your poor sore hands a rest and draw some letters on

4. The Scrabble board has the number of each lettered tile that should be in the set.  Because my mat board was black, I used a white pastel on the back of my printed alphabet, and traced around the edges with the pencil to transfer the outline.  I used a see through cutting board and a lamp on the floor to make sure I positioned the letter right on each tile.  
5. Color in the outline with a gel pen.  You could also use small stencils and paint for this.
6. Go back to cutting out the rest of the tiles.  Draw the letters on.
7. Play!  


I'm going to have to look up what the point values of each letter are and write them on.  I might make another set on white mat board with colored pens.

Next up: I lost my RISK game a few years ago, and I miss it dearly.  I think my map of the world needs recrafting!
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010 01:14:59 AM »

Well I am guilty of using scrabble pieces in my crafts. Undecided Good job on your tiles, and I'm looking forward to your take on RISK. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010 02:48:03 AM »

Next up: I lost my RISK game a few years ago, and I miss it dearly.  I think my map of the world needs recrafting!

I couldn't help but smile when I read this. I am a trainee-teacher, and in my last school, I came across some serious crafting. The pupils (16-17) had made their own Risk, on a notice board on one of the walls. Childish, but a brilliant idea nonetheless. They used simple coloured pins to show off which countries they had already conquered and a plastic box (something like that) to put in the dice. I LOVED it!

Btw, great work, and good luck on that Risk :p
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