You may have seen my recent Scrabble picture idea on Facebook? And if you bought some Scrabble tiles to make one, you probably have a fair few Scrabble tiles left over?! Fortunately there’s loads of other creative things you can do with them. And with Father’s Day approaching at lightning speed, these Scrabble Coasters are the perfect quick and easy project for using up some of those tiles! And of course make a fun, quirky present for dad.
here’s what you need for your scrabble coasters
- Scrabble tiles. I bought mine in our local The Range shop, but Amazon do them too here
- Cork backing, I used this one here
- A good craft glue – I used E6000 which is brilliant for DIY and craft projects
- Some varnish or polyurethane spray to protect the coasters
- Sharp craft knife or Stanley blade
How to put the scrabble coasters together
Decide on what words you want to have for your coasters. There’s a variety of different options – from football words, drinks or family names. The choice is totally yours! As I wanted to make these ones for Father’s Day, I decided on some phrases that suited that theme. However, there’s loads of different ideas on Pinterest if you need some inspiration.
Once you’ve decided on your wording, lay out the tiles as you want to glue them on. For some reason me and the “H” of the Scrabble tiles do not see eye to eye. I always end up having it upside down, so it’s just a good way of checking out your design before you glue them down permanently!
Next you grab your cork backing and glue. Add some glue to the back of the tiles and just start gluing them down. Use enough, but not too much glue as it will seep from underneath the tiles. I started gluing down the tiles in the very corner of the cork. This just makes it a bit easier when it comes to cutting around the edges when it’s all dry.
Continue this process until all the little tiles are glued down. The glue will stay pliable for a while so you will be able to push them closer together until you’re happy with the design.
letting it set
This all needs to set until the glue is dried and of course you want the tiles to stay flat! We don’t want any drinks falling off – I mean, that would just be a waste, right? Grab yourself a heavy, flat object. A few heavy books are perfect for this. I grabbed 3 large books and placed them flat onto the scrabble coasters. Set aside somewhere where no one will be bumping into them. Because of course they will NEED to read the book that’s been in the bookcase for the last 3 years! NOW they want to read it .. sound familiar?? Just leave the whole lot to set overnight.
Once everything is completely dried you will need to cut around the tiles to get the shape of the coasters. This is where your sharp craft knife comes in. I didn’t take any photos of this part of the process but you get the idea. Fortunately it’s pretty easy to cut the cork around the tiles. You really don’t have to apply too much pressure for it to be cut. If you need to you can use a ruler to get a completely straight cut.
Finally, all you need to do to finish off these cute little coasters is to protect them with some protective varnish. I used this polyurethane spray from Rustoleum, which comes in a matt or gloss finish. It will just help you to protect your project from condensation and make them wipeable. However, the coasters will not be completely waterproof so don’t leave them out in the rain.
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If you did want to see the whole process in action, you can check out the video when I made these Scrabble Coasters on one of my regular Facebook Lives here
I’m super-pleased with the end result and I think they will look great fun on our garden table. Let me know if you’ll be making them? If you do, don’t forget to tag me on social media as I’d love to see your results!
Oh, I nearly forgot – on the photo below you will see that the word “one” obviously only has three letters. To get the blank on the right hand side of the word I just picked a tile and glued it up side down. I would recommend going for a letter that you’re not likely to use in the future. Like “Q” or “X”.
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