DIY Scrabble Coasters

My internet went out last night, so catching up on the parts I missed of The Bachelor season premiere was not an option.

Thankfully, I remembered that I had ordered some Scrabble pieces a while back because I thought I could make something fun out of them. Alas, Scrabble Coasters were born!

This is an easy project that you could do if you wanted to keep yourself, or even the kids (with supervision of the hot-glue gun, of course) busy for a while.IMG_0254

What you’ll need:

– X-Acto knife or sharp kitchen scissors

– Cork tile

– Hot glue gun

– Scrabble pieces

**You can order Scrabble pieces in bulk online! I used tiles from CleverDelights on Etsy.**

How you’ll make them:

  1. Start with brainstorming some ideas for words you’d like to use. I think it’s easier if you come up with a fun theme for your coasters. I chose four letter beverage words that I could think of. However, you can also switch it up and make five letter words and achieve the same look.
    • In hindsight, I would’ve actually done this before I ordered my pieces, because I had a shortage of some letters that I wanted to use and now I’m waiting for another shipment.
  2. Pick a corner of your cork tile to start with and hot-glue the first piece there. You’ll build off this piece to create a 4 x 4 square. IMG_0249
  3. Then go down vertically from that first letter to hot-glue the rest of the starting letters of your words.
  4. Repeat this with all of your other letters until all of your words are completed. You can also add a dab of hot-glue in between the letters to make sure that they stick to each other as well.
  5. After, you’ll take your X-Acto knife or scissors and cut right along the two sides of your coaster. This is why we used the corner — two less sides to cut.

These coasters may be easy to make, but that’s the beauty of it. A simple, clean project you can do with your family on cold days like today.

Have fun and until next time,

C. Brooks

DIY Cork Letter Art

IMG_0234Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of cork art amongst my fellow vino loving friends, so I thought I’d try my hand at it.

I was recently scrolling down my Pinterest wall and saw a picture of a letter made of cork, but it was for sale at $30.00. I loved the way it looked, but knew I could make it for less.IMG_0256

Turns out, I could make it for about half of that! With all of the supplies together, it was about $15.00 to make.

It was fairly simple to make and was a fun way to spend a quiet night in, watching Friends and sipping on a glass of riesling.

What you’ll need:

– X-Acto knife

– About 35 – 40 wine corks (you can find them online or you can use your own, so now you have an excuse to drink another glass – you’re welcome)

– Wooden letter

– 1 Cork Tile

– Hot glue gun/sticks

You can find all of these supplies at your neighborhood Michael’s.

Directions:

  1. Take the wooden letter and place it on top of the cork tile.
  2. Trace the wooden letter with your X-Acto knife. You’ll want to do this on a cutting board to make sure that you aren’t going to harm the surface you’re working on with the knife.IMG_0239
  3. Start placing corks on your cork tile to try to fit them together like a puzzle. I used whole corks and also cut some in half and then some in quarters with my X-Acto knife so that I could cover as much of the letter as possible.
  4. After you’ve got some of them placed, you can start hot gluing them into place.IMG_0241
  5. Keep doing this until you have the whole letter covered.
  6. Once the cork tile is completely covered, put hot glue all over the wooden letter. Then quickly place the cork-covered tile onto the letter.
  7. Voila! You’ve got your very own cork letter to showcase.

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Keep sipping, for the sake of your art, and until next time,

C. Brooks