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Attempting Aloha: Kids' Room Giant Scrabble Wall

Friday, October 21, 2011

Kids' Room Giant Scrabble Wall


There are basically three walls I'd really like to decorate in that room...possibly four, but I don't want to go too overboard. One of them will have the girls' artwork on it, and I have plans for the small wall above the bookshelves, but there's a large third wall that I was unsure of.

As a Linguistics major, I LOVE words. Subway art seemed like a fun idea, but having done so many subway art clocks, I thought it was time to try something different. I love word searches, crossword puzzles, and Scrabble (when I can find someone nerdy enough to play with me). ;)  So the idea of a giant Scrabble wall seemed on obvious fit! Plus I'm on a "craft-supply-purchasing hiatus", and I already had drop cloth left over from my dining chairs and the ruffled clutch. I used the 3/8" particle board that was previously the back of my bookshelves from Hades, but I decided to leave it off when I reassembled them. 

If you're purchasing from scratch, though, here are the supplies you'll need:

Freezer Paper (found at grocery stores, usually near aluminum foil, etc.)
Drop cloth (mine is from Lowes, and it only takes a small bit, so you'll have lots left over even if you purchase the smallest $9 one)
Printer (mine is an all-in-one by Canon that lets me feed the fabric through the top as well as the tray...it doesn't work on my Lexmark...)
3/8" particle board (or thicker if you prefer. I like the look of thicker better, but I was working with what I had)
Sticky-back Velcro (or some other means of attaching it to the wall)
Jig saw or circular saw (or bat your eyelashes really pretty at the Lowes guy when you pick up your particle board, and maybe he'll cut all 28 pieces for you)
Hot glue gun

First, you need to choose your sizes. My wall space is about 72" wide, but I only wanted to use about 60-65" of it. I had also already decided on the words that I wanted and tried about 12 different layouts with those word combinations...lots of time, trying to decide which layout I thought looked best! Once I knew how many letters across there were going to be, I divided that by my desired width of 60". That gave me about 5-6" per letter. So I cut out paper in both 5x5" and 6x6" and hung them up to see how they would look. Ultimately I liked the larger size letter. Go big, or go home, right?

So once the measuring part was done, I grabbed my scrap wood and went to work.

STEP 1)  I measured it out on a board and marked it with a pen. I wasn't stressed about pen marks since it was going to be covered with fabric anyway.

STEP 2)  Grabbed my sweet jig saw that I bought from a pawn shop last week when I realized we accidentally left our circular saw in Hawaii...boo.

STEP 3)  Cut all 28 of those stinking letters out. Be sure not to leave your safety goggles in Hawaii, too ((cough cough)).

Once your wood is cut. It's time to work with the fabric. I downloaded a font from http://www.dafont.com/. I think it was called Tilez? The font types each letter with a black border around it  to define the scrabble tile, but I didn't want the edges to look all funky when I wrapped them around, so I removed them (I was using Adobe InDesign). I'm sure there's another way to do this with other programs, but this is my favorite program to do print things in.

STEP 1)  For my 6x6 tiles, I decided to use a 8.5x14 paper as my template. I cut out one sheet of freezer paper to that size, and surprisingly, I was able to use the same sheet for all 14 pieces of fabric (2 letters on each sheet).

STEP 2). Cut out 28 pieces (or however many letters you have in your art) of fabric to the 8.5x14 template size. No short-cuts on this one. Ugh!

STEP 3) Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to your fabric and print! For more tips, you can visit my Ruffled Clutch tutorial.  Make sure to trim strings off before sticking it through your printer!

Wrapping the fabric around the wood turned out to be a little trickier (and more time-consuming) than I anticipated! I had intended to just wrap it like a gift but using hot glue instead of tape, right? Well, that left my corners sticking out all funny. So I ended up gluing two sides down, then cutting the corners off (so it still looked like wrapping a present, but without the excess fabric there). This left two unfinished edges touching at each corner that I simply added a dab of hot glue, let it dry slightly (so I didn't burn my fingers off completely!), and then patted them together. Kinda like using hair gel! ;)

I had also originally planned on hammering 28 nails into the wall and delicately placing all the pieces on. Ha! After spending MUCH too long on the other parts of this project, I decided to take the easy way out on this part. I had some sticky-back Velcro on hand and cut small pieces of that out. Stuck one piece to the board, connected the two hook and loop pieces together, and then peeled the backing off the second piece. Then I stuck the whole thing to the wall!  Brilliant, right! It eliminates the need to do precise measuring since I can just pull the piece off and move it over slightly if it's looking skeewompus. ;)   And when we're ready to move, I'll just take out my handy dandy blow dryer and heat up the Velcro, and it will peel off my wall nice and perfect...  
Or it just might stay here forever. One way or another, it's not going anywhere for 2 years at least!

What do you think? Do you have a spare 14-28 hours you'd like to use on Scrabble Wall Art?

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At October 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM , Blogger gail said...

very creative! I LOVE scrabble!

At October 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM , Blogger lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

CUTE WALL AND A GREAT IDEA, i find myself always looking in thrift stores for the old wood letters from the game.

At October 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

I love this idea! The tutorial is great. I pretty much want to make one for our house. Tried to Pin it but Pinterest is being stubborn!

Have you linked up with Creative Me Monday? It's open all week long and I'd love to have you! You can link up as many projects as you'd like! The link is:


Hope to see you there!

At October 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

What a fabulous idea for a bedroom! Darling.

At October 21, 2011 at 11:48 PM , Blogger mommynursearmywife said...

Cute, I really love it!

At October 22, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Francine said...

Love how this project turned out ... thanks for sharing!

At October 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Jaime said...

Oh my goodness! My SIL would love this, and I think I might have to create something awesome for her for Christmas with this idea. Thanks! Oh, and I voted for you, but only because you said my eyes were lovely with my shirt. ;)

At October 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Jaime said...

and because I'm totally copying your idea for the holidays. Thinking this would be fun for a holiday saying of some sort too. Anyway, Thanks again.

At October 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Deborah March said...

OH. MY. GOSH. What a FABULOUS project!! Umm...twenty eight hours...NO...but I'll sure VOTE for you!

Deborah (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you'll drop by and say hi!)

At October 22, 2011 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Ruth said...

This is such a great idea. I love Scrabble tiles!!

Good luck with the competition. You should make it to the next round with this great idea.


At October 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

this is amazing! great work!!!

At October 23, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I love your wall - it's got just the right amount of whimsy!

At October 23, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Sara said...

I haven't seen this before---terrific turn out!!! Love your letters;)

At October 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Elaine said...

LOVE it! And, since it is Scrabble, I guess you could switch the letters around when you tired of the same old words!

At October 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

We are Scrabble lovers at our house, so this project really appeals to me. AND I'm so impressed that you cut all your own wood squares! Great job.

Warmly, Michelle

At October 23, 2011 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Donene said...

What an adorable wall, Love it! Thanks for your nice comments!

At October 23, 2011 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

I love this! Thanks for the inspiration!

At October 24, 2011 at 1:14 AM , Blogger L' officina di un sogno said...

mamma mia sei assolutamente f a v o l o s a!!!!!! Brava! Grande tutorial. I'll vote for you.

At October 25, 2011 at 8:27 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

Looks great. I would love for you to stop by and link up your scrabble wall to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to link up.


At October 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Jenni said...

AMAZING! I am in awe, complete awe! I love it! The words you chose are perfect! It is such a cute idea for a girl's room ,too!....I think I MUST have 28 hours somewhere to put toward this project! ;)

I am heading over to vote for you now!


At October 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I love this idea! I have blank walls in our kids room, this would be a great solution! I'm voting for you! Good luck!

At October 29, 2011 at 7:29 AM , Blogger freckled laundry said...

That is awesome! Thank you for sharing with air your laundry friday. I'll be featuring this today!

At October 29, 2011 at 7:15 PM , Blogger Ross said...

Que hermoso te quedo, esta genial la idea.
Gracias por el tuto

At October 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay Charlie!!!

At October 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Susan Hemann said...

I love it! I always played scrabble with my children. Now I have the iphone app Scrabble

At October 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome idea-- I'm thinking about trying it as a way to decorate my classroom.

At November 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Pyslepia said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks!

At November 9, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

This is awesomespice so I totally featured you at my Hookin Up with HoH party! Yay!

Feel free to stop on by and snag a button if you'd like.


Allison @ House of Hepworths

At November 10, 2011 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Awesome! I love this. I'm pinning it for our basement toy room!

At November 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a Fantastic project, I may have to find a wall for this, thanks for sharing!

At June 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM , Anonymous Deborah said...

I want to do this in my school library. I was thinking of using foam core board...do you think it would be thick enough?

At October 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM , Blogger daisymae315 said...

How do you know you can print on fabric with you printer? Does it matter if it is a inkjet or laser?

At October 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Charlie Attemptingaloha said...

My printer is just a regular old inkjet. I did use the rear tray to load it, and that made it easier to feed through. :)


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