The DIY Scrabble Wall Project. Who knew the classic game of Scrabble could provide the answer to our decorating dilemma!

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The first part of the big wall decorating is complete – the scrabble wall is up!

A few weeks back, we asked readers to help with decorating ideas for what we now call the “Big Wall” in our new home. See: A Decorating Dilemma 

The wall spans 24′ across the main living area, and reaches to a height of 22′. It is covered with white shiplap siding, with a bank of 2 lower double window sets, and a triple window bank up top. 

Most agreed that a rolling library ladder to reach the triple window bank above would be a great start. And we absolutely loved the ideas of putting family and farm pictures above each set of lower windows hanging from a metal rail. 

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The tiles would even make a great window top decoration.

But that still left the big section in the middle of the wall wide open. We had a lot of ideas from readers about adding some type of a”family tree” to the middle space. We loved the idea of using a family theme – but really wanted to make it totally unique for the space.

And then the idea came. Why not make our family tree from an over-sized version of all-time family favorite board game to bring it all to life. And the Family Scrabble Wall Project was born.

We decided to start with the main word of FAMILY and then connect all of our name Once we had the sketch – all that was left was to make the letters!

Creating The Scrabble Wall

We wanted to make the alphabet tiles look as authentic as possible to the real game, right down to including the point values for each corresponding letter.

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We used the table saw to create a bevel on the top of the tile pieces

To make the wood “tiles,” we cut 27 individual 7 x 7″ pieces from 3/4″ thick pine boards. Then,using the table saw, added a beveled edge to the top of each piece. 

For under $10, we used inexpensive 4” black vinyl adhesive peel and stick letters for the individual letters. You can find online here : 4″ Vinyl Letters. For the corresponding point values in each corner, we used 3/4″ black adhesive vinyl numbers.  

You could easily stencil in letters and numbers as well, but the vinyl really gave the pieces a crisp look.

To complete, we applied 2 coats of urethane to permanently seal the letters to the tiles. 

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The scrabble tiles up close

Installation was a breeze. We used 1 and 1/4″ brad nails and the nail gun to attach directly to the shiplap walls. One of the many benefits of having shiplap walls – it’s easy to attach anything, anywhere. The total cost of the entire project – $24!

With the scrabble wall centerpiece complete, we can now finish off the wall in the coming weeks with the rolling ladder and family picture bars. Slowly but surely, the Simple House is nearing completion – Scrabble Wall and all!

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The DIY Scrabble Wall! The $24 Idea That Solved A Decorating Dilemma
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4 thoughts on “The DIY Scrabble Wall! The $24 Idea That Solved A Decorating Dilemma

  • November 14, 2016 at 2:00 am

    That is so cleaver. What a great solution. I wish we had a wall like to do our own on. Great

  • November 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Very fun! What a great idea and it looks terrific!

  • November 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

    What a wonderful and unique idea. Please post more photos as the photos go up and more of the final touches are completed,
    Something I tried this fall you may be interested in. I got a box of Fuji apples that were HUGE. I measured one of the mid sized ones and it was 4 1/2 inches high and 11 3/4 inches around. I dehydrated most of them and it took about 2 apples to fill all five trays on my dehdrater. I store the dried apples in the Food FreshSavor bags so they stay nice and crunchy. I had fifteen apples left and just didn’t want to spend another week drying apples so I cut each apple in half and put them in my Big chief Smoker. After they were smoked I just cooked them, put them through the food mill to remove cores and peels and canned the smoked apple sauce. No sugar needed. I ate some on yogurt and it was delicious. I shared some with friends who put it on vanilla ice cream and now we will all be making this again next year. Your blog is a highlight of my week.

  • November 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    That is fabulous! I love that idea so much. Thanks for sharing it, Mr. Jim!

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