Whether you just need to replace a missing tile, want a whole new set for travel or are looking for a fun crafting project, you can make your own Scrabble tiles out of paper, wood, fabric or even food. Consider the conditions in which you'll be playing with the new tiles to choose what method to go with. For an English classroom, make giant paper tiles to attach to a grid on a chalkboard. For a Scrabble enthusiast party, square cookies iced with letters or crackers decorated with squeezable cheese could be just what you need. Travel Scrabble tiles are lightweight when they're made of bottle caps and played on a fabric board; good old-fashioned wood is the best choice for replacing missing tiles in a set.
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Things you need
- Large sheets of paper
- Letter stencils or stickers
- Long, thin piece of hardwood
- Hand plane
- Hand saw
- Wood stain
- Wood varnish
- 100 bottle caps
- Permanent marker
- Fabric paint or pens
- Drawstring bag
- Sheet cookie dough
- Square crackers
- Squeezable cheese product
Make paper tiles. Cut 100 squares of paper to any size. Label each square with a letter and a point value, referring to Scrabble websites or a Scrabble game to know how many of each letter to make and what point value to assign each. Make a 15-by-15-square grid, with each square the same size as the letters, and label the grid to resemble the Scrabble board, colouring the squares for double and triple letter and word scores. Print letters and numbers using a computer for a neat appearance, or use stencils or stickers.
Make wood tiles. Select a long, thin piece of hardwood and shape it into a rectangle with a hand plane, using a Scrabble tile as a template. Cut a slice off of the end of the wood to create a flat face for a new tile. Mark the width of the Scrabble tile on the wood and use this line to cut the new tile. Sand the face and reverse of the tile, write or paint the letter and point value on it and finish with wood stain. Allow it to dry completely, then varnish it.
Make bottle cap tiles. Collect 100 bottle caps. Write letters and point values on each cap with a permanent marker. Draw the Scrabble board grid with fabric paint or pens on a square piece of fabric to make a lightweight travel set. Store the bottle caps and the fabric board in a drawstring bag.
Make edible tiles. Bake sheet cookies and cut them out using a square cookie cutter. Make black icing to emulate the look of real Scrabble tiles. Ice the cookies with letters and point values using a pastry bag outfitted with a fine tip. Make kitschy savoury tiles using square crackers iced with a squeezable cheese product. Playing Scrabble with these tiles is not impossible, but it might be more fun just to eat them at a party of Scrabble enthusiasts.
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