A DIY project – Scrabble Coasters

IMG_3982 A Few months ago for our wedding, Andrew and I spent hours putting together scrabble name place settings for all the guests at our wedding. They were an absolute hit and we loved how they added a fun, personal touch to our reception. Scrabble name setting While we were putting together the place settings, I thought it’d be really cool to also make some coasters to use after our wedding with the leftover tiles – and believe me there were A LOT of leftover tiles! The hardest part was choosing the words or phrases to put on the coasters, we quickly figured out that even though there were tonnes of left over tiles, the letters were still limited. Alas, without further a due, here’s my guide on how to put together your Scrabble coasters! What you’ll need:

  • A couple of sets of Scrabble tiles (we got ours on eBay from a supplier in Thailand), they come in sets of 100 and for 8 coasters you’ll use 128 tiles, so I recommend getting two or three sets.
  • 1 300mm x 300mm x 2.7mm sheet of cork – for 8 coasters you’ll only need one sheet (All good craft shops should sell this)
  • Super sharp scissors or a Stanley knife.
  • Hot Glue gun & glue

IMG_3978 What you’ll do: 

  • Spend some time figuring out a theme for your coasters – this is seriously the best part as the opportunities are endless. We went with a food and drink theme, with some coasters just having words, and others having phrases. Size wise, the coasters work best in a 4×4 formation, you can use words of three of four letters and just use the blank tiles to fill in any three-letter words.
  • Line up your words in the formation of a coaster and measure the dimensions. TIP: you’ll need to do this for each coaster as the tiles are sometimes not perfectly square so the dimensions may change slightly.
  • Cut your pieces of cork to size. I tried doing this with both scissors and a Stanley knife, both options worked quite well. For the best result use the Stanley knife but ensure it’s super sharp and do it gently, running through the cork multiple times for each cut.
  • Use the hot glue gun to glue the tiles to your cork squares. Be fast with your application as the glue sets quickly and you’ll want to make sure all the tiles line up nicely. I used a reasonable amount of glue so that it came up the sides of the tiles a little and gave the coasters a bit more strength. HOT GLUE GUN TIP: each time you apply the glue, make sure you wipe the nozzle of the gun onto the tile to stop strings of glue getting in the way.
  • Allow to dry as per your glue instructions.

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