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Looking for a personalized and inexpensive Christmas gift?  These are so simple and cost effective you can make them for your neighbors or co-workers.  I am a big word nerd and so is my mom.  Growing up, she would kick my tail at Scrabble all the time.  It never made me give up though, and to this day, I love any word game – even though my hubby won’t play with me because he loses.  🙂

DIY wood scrabble tiles


Vinyl (if you don’t own a digital cutting machine you can get the vinyl here)

Square pine board (I used a 1” x 8”)


Optional: stain and pre-wood conditioner


1.  Cut your boards to a square.  I used a 1” x 8” from Lowes so I cut mine to 7 1/4” square.  You can get 10 out of a 6 foot board.

making scrabble tiles

2.  Sand all the edges smooth.  Go over the front of the board with a 120 grit sandpaper so it is ready for your vinyl to stick.  Wipe clean.

sanding scrabble tiles

3.  Using a digital cutting machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo machine) cut out your letter/number combo.  If you don’t have one you can order the vinyl here.  I used Arial for my font.

4.  Adhere the vinyl to the front of the wood square using transfer paper/sticker. Burnish the vinyl onto the wood firmly so it has a nice seal.

vinyl letter scrabble tiles

diy scrabble tiles

5.  If you choose to stain it then make sure to use a pre-wood conditioner first and then stain it the color of your choice.

staining scrabble tiles  

You can add saw tooth hangars on the back or purchase some stands at the Dollar Tree to display.


I tried to find wood that had a lot of grain in it because I liked the way it looked.

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If you are looking for more handmade gift ideas check out Lowes Creative Ideas and see what my other blogging friends are up to this month.

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  1. fun project Beckie! I love scrabble too! 🙂 Not sure why I haven’t made these.

  2. What a great project! My oldest daughter would LOVE these in her room! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  3. Great idea! And, thank you for including where to buy the vinyl. (I don’t have a vinyl cutter.) I enjoy your blog and fun projects.

  4. Question: If I don’t stain it, should I seal it with something? If so, what do you recommend? Thanks. Great project – I already ordered my vinyl.

  5. So glad you like it! It isn’t necessary to seal it, but you could clear coat it with Krylon’s Clear Glaze if you are worried about the vinyl sticker coming off.

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