I buy scrabble games from thrift stores whenever I see them. I use the tiles for a variety of projects, but the boards themselves I have a harder time finding a use for. I decided to cut one into the shape of a shamrock and make a St. Patrick’s Day decoration. The collection of scrabble boards I have come in quite a few different colors. I chose one that had a slightly green tint to it.
On the back of the board, I put blue painters tape and sketched out a shamrock. I used the tape so that I would get a cleaner cut. My husband then cut the shape out with the jig saw. The edges were still a little rough, so I used a file to smooth them up.
The back is not pretty, but I wanted to show you how to stabilize the board so it does not close on you. At first I tried duct taping it. This worked okay, but gluing the jumbo popsicle sticks across the back did a much better job.
I bought 6 yards of 1 inch gold ribbon at the craft store. I threaded a needle with gold thread and made a running stitch through about 4 yards of the ribbon. Leave a knot at the end, so the thread does not just come out when you start gathering. When I was finished, I pulled on the thread to gather up the ribbon.
I used a glue gun to attach the gathered ribbon around the edge of my shamrock shape. I only worked with about an inch at a time so the glue would not harden too quickly and I had more control over how much gathering I wanted. I mapped out Saint Patrick’s day words with scrabble tiles onto my board and used the hot glue to attach them. I cut an 8 inch strip of ribbon and glued it to the the back of the shamrock to form a loop. The remaining ribbon was used to tie it to the knocker on my front door.Pin It Now!