I’ve come up with another (potential) Use-Up-That-Scrap-Wood project!
Of course, you may be thinking that the first step in reducing scrap wood might be, perhaps, to create less scrap wood to begin with?
But that would involve the dreaded accurate measuring and the even more terrifying planning ahead!
Actually , you’ll be proud to know I did that recently. For the last round of coaster-blank cutting I measured! I optimized! I planned!
And I’m happy to report that after jumping through all the hoops I ended up almost zero scrap! Genius! Perfect!
And after I did the third most dreaded thing: Math I discovered that I had saved exactly .005 cents per piece.
As you know I kinda have a thing for letters.
I’ve been making letters of various sizes and styles since I started Cheltenham Road.
I could go on……
As you may not know The Borrowers was one of my favorite books as a child and I think it messed up my sense of scale. I always seem to think “wouldn’t it be cool if I made a giant version of X?”
Recently I saw a magazine that used old game tiles to spell out the titles of each article. You know, scrabble tiles, anagram tiles…stuff like that.
And I thought “wouldn’t it be cool to make an oversized game piece letter alphabet?”
To make them all different this became an “every tool you got” project: stencils, image transfer, mod podge – you get the idea
- Scrap wood cut to varied sizes: 4.5 squares, rectangles, a few circles
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paints – various colors
- Folk Art Stencils and poncing brushes
- Polycrylic (not pictured)
- Small Wood letters (on sale at Michaels)
- Matte Mod Podge (not pictured)
- A scanned print of a Scrabble tile
- Sanpaper (not pictured)
- E6000 glue (not pictured)
I painted all the wood blank tiles different colors using Folk Art’s Home Decor Chalk Paint. They come in a great range of colors, go on beautifully and dry quickly (key for Mr. Crafting-in-a-Hurry). When everything was dry I sanded them for a distressed look.For some of the letters I used Folk Art Stencils for letters and numbers.
For others I used my polycrylic image transfer technique (details here)
* I used Matte Mod Podge for this but only had a bottle of Gloss Lustre when I went to take photos – either will work.
I discovered as I did my research that there aren’t many super-identifiable vintage game pieces. Once you get past Scrabble tiles they are pretty much just, well….. letters.
So my question is – would you know they are game pieces? Does it matter?
My thinking was to make all the letters in the alphabet and have a nice display box where people could pick out what they wanted. They would be fun and easy to make. They would use up all those leftover supplies and bits and parts etc.
But do you think it would appeal? (not rhetorical – I’m honestly asking for your opinion).
OK, back to Halloween planning…..
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Plaid Ambassador program. Most of the materials used in this project were provided to me by Plaid – makers of Mod Podge, Folk Art Paints, brushes and stencils. Other than the supplies I receive no other compensation. Links are provided just for convenience and the opinions expressed are totally my own.