Friday, January 20, 2012

Craft of the Week: Valentine's Day series #1

If you know me, you know there is nothing I hate more than tacky holiday trinkets and decorations (especially of the Halloween and Christmas variety...and we'll throw Valentine's Day in there as well because I don't love the color red). 

But you also know that I lovvvvvvve homemade gifts...both giving and receiving! 

So this week I thought I would launch a 4 part "Craft of the Week" series of cute and creative Valentine's Day crafts to bring a little love to your home or to give to a loved one!!  Nothing tacky here, I promise!

Part 1- Scrabble L-O-V-E

Nate and I have been busy cleaning out our house and putting away some things in storage to de-clutter our living space and randomly, I found an old game of Scrabble in the garage.  I knew at once I could use the letters to make cute personalized gifts!  Perhaps in a frame?  So I went to the craft store in search of a small shadow box and happened to find one on sale for $7 that was filled with sea shells.  Worked for me!

Supplies Needed:
  • Scrabble letters
  • Shadow box (the length of your message will determine how large or small you should buy your box; mine is 5.5"x 5.5" matted to 4"x4")
  • Hot glue gun
  • Card stock
  • Tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paint (if desired)

1. First, if you're going for a certain color scheme, now is the time to paint your frame.  So, disassemble the shadow box (save those sea shells! they will be great for another craft!).  But, I liked the white and sand colors as it went well with the colors in our house so I kept it as is.  I'd imagine a nice pale pink would look cute and a little more girly, or a black frame might play well with the color of the letters.

2. Cut down your card stock to match the size of the matting or inside of the frame.

3. Place two pieces of small tape on the back of the matting.  Tape the card stock to the back.

4. Next, spell out your message with the Scrabble letters however you want them placed.  I measured to find my exact centers and then eyeballed the tile placement.

5. Hot glue each letter to the card stock one at a time.

6. Pop into your fame!

The great part about this craft if that you can create any color scheme or message, making it as good of a Valentine as it does a housewarming or baby shower gift!  Or maybe to give to your Words With Friends enemy friend?

Engagement present?

Baby Shower present?


  1. this would be especially sentimental b/c we play a LOT of scrabble!