Monday, July 9, 2012

Hanging magnetic Scrabble board.

You would think we were doing some major DIYing with the length of time it took us to complete this project.  Seriously, this little guy has been sitting on our dining room table in various stages of completeness for months.  Yep, months.  Yet somehow Adam and I both felt productive at the same moment and made a pledge to finish this project this past weekend!  And just in time for the summer edition of the Pinterest Challenge hosted by these amazing bloggers:

Sherry from Young House Love
Katie from Bower Power
Michelle from Ten June

So, without further ado, here is our new project - a hanging magnetic Scrabble board.




I was inspired by this image on Pinterest from The Twice Remembered Cottage:

via The Twice Remembered Cottage

And thought how cool it would be to have something like it that we could build on each day and have this ongoing casual game - enter our new hanging (and magnetic) Scrabble board complete with chalkboard mat (for notes or score keeping) and shadowbox frame giving us a perch for the letter holders.

Here are all the details on how we made it.  First, the supplies:


Supplies:

  • 20.5"x20.5" shadow box photo frame from Ikea
  • Scrabble board game (we used the board from an older game because we liked the vintage look, but purchased a new game for the letters so that we didn't need to permanently alter any of the pieces of the vintage game)
  • (100) super strength magnets
  • epoxy
  • drawer knob
  • 19.75"x19.75" piece of sheet metal (Adam had it cut to size at a local metal shop, Access Metals, for under $10)
  • chalkboard paint
  • 3M removable adhesive strips (to attach the game board to the sheet metal)

Step 1:  Paint border of sheet metal with chalkboard paint.



Step 2:  Glue magnets on letter tiles.


Step 3:  Attach drawer knob to upper left side of the picture frame to hold the bag of letters.


Step 4:  Attach the game board to the sheet metal using removable 3M adhesive strips.


Step 5:  Place sheet metal in frame, replace backing and secure.

Step 6:  Season chalkboard border by rubbing side of chalk against chalkboard paint to fully cover and then erase.

Step 7:  Hang frame on wall and pull out the dictionary so you can confirm that words like "sey" are real  (yep, that was one of Adam's first moves).


So what projects did you work on last weekend?  Anything that you've been meaning to accomplish for months and finally made it across the finish line?  Thanks Pinterest Challenge for the extra push!

22 comments:

  1. I'm so in awe of you right now - I too fell in love with the pin you saw for inspiration, but wanted it to be a real Scrabble game rather than a paper back, like they did. This is amazing and I can't wait to make one! Thank you for sharing this on Ten June...you saved me hours of trying to figure out something not even half as good as your idea.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! So glad that it will save you a few steps! :) We love it and it's so fun to have an ongoing game that can literally just hang out until we feel like playing.

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  2. This is amazing, your finished product looks great!! I too saw the pin from the Twice Remembered Cottage and wanted to recreate that but with the original game board. I've been trying to come up with a way to do it and just came across your blog and project. It never occurred to me to just lay the whole board over metal. Do the magnets really stick to it even through the game board?
    Thanks, Melissa

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Yep, the magnets still work through the game board. We did buy extra strength magnets though, just to be sure. These are the ones we used: http://www.rare-earth-magnets.com. They were a little more expensive, but they work!!

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  3. Hey there -
    Can you tell me the specific sized magnets you used?
    I went to the website you reference, but it appears they offer many sizes!
    Thanks
    Alexis

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    1. Hi Alexis! It's been a while since we ordered them, but I believe they are the .25" disc magnets at this link: http://www.rare-earth-magnets.com/p-24-nsn0601.aspx. I know they came in packages of 50 and these are the only option that comes in that quantity, so I'm 99% positive they are the ones! Hope this helps!

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  4. I tried three hardware stores today and none of them would cut sheet metal for me. Any recommendations for what else I could use or where I could get the sheet metal cut?

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    1. We had ours cut at a metal supply company that specializes in all types of metal and accepts small orders. It is definitely a tough item to find. Another idea would be to call a local sign company, such as Signs by Tomorrow or another sign chain. They may be able to provide you with a sheet of metal that they use for sign applications.

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  5. I havee been wanting to do something with my mothers Scrabble Game that was handed down to me. I wanted to use the board to. I am wondering one thing, you said you used the vintage board game but not the letter tiles. Is it just because they are as well vintage and it would ruin them? Also, do the tiles also easily attach to the magnetic part of the chalkboard you created for keeping score? I was wanting to do something that had the tiles all around the game so it would be easy to grab some to use. My purpose with this is just for display for memory keepsake purposes. Although, when we would play a game we could put them back in bag as you do. This is absolutely a treasure and I want to do something with my mothers treasure with was both of our passions.

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    1. I used the letters from a new Scrabble game because I didn't want to ruin the vintage tiles by gluing them to the magnets since it was handed down to me. If I had purchased the game it wouldn't have had the same sentimental value to me so I would not have been concerned about ruining them. The tiles with the magnets easily attach to the perimeter of the Scrabble board, so you would have no problem displaying them around the board when you're not playing to keep score. Would love to see photos of your final product! :)

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  6. Thanks so much. I don't know what I was thinking, of course the magnet tiles would attach to the metal sheet. I will share my picture when accomplished. I have the magnets on order but could not get the same frame you used from IKEA as they do not ship and I do not have IKEA near me so I am going to just use a picture frame I was also handed down to me. I will be so happy to one of my moms games memorialized. She & I loved scrabble and she would be so proud. Thanks for your very unique idea and help. Patti

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  7. i love on what you did..scrabble lover huh!. i do love scrabble but i haven't tried making like this..i wanna try making like this so it could add some attraction in our home..

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  8. David Goldstein, Alexandria, VAApril 23, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Do the strong magnets cause any problems with the tiles attracting or repelling each other when rearranging them on the rack or when placing them on the board, or with the tiles sticking to each other in the bag?

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    1. Hi David - Great question! Yes, they do tend to attract to one another in the bag, but we haven't had an issue once they are on the board. If you put them too close together on the letter stands, they can attract to one other, but it hasn't been too much of an issue. When we draw the letters from the bag, we just separate them in the bag to keep it fair! Hope this helps.

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  9. Hi,
    I posted earlier regarding doing this project aftering seeing yours. Yours really inispired me to use my mom's old game I inherited. I could not get the frame you used as I could not order from Ikea and I do not have one local! I posted and pinned my finished project to pinterest. I am going to submit the link here(if it lets me)! Thanks again for your inspiration and the great tutorial. I want to keep working on projects whenever possible instead of procrastinating after I realized I see all these projects but I rarely do them. I am feeling great about it after finishing my moms magnetic scrabble board. I know she is smiling down at me!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/156640893262169930/
    Thanks so much Patti Brodie

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  10. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am making this for our 8th anniversary on Tues. I am almost done, but have one last question about how you attached the drawer knob. I bought the exact same IKEA frame and as near as I can tell from your picture, you took out the inner black square that provides the support for the cardboard backing/picture (or sheet metal in this case!) and then attached the knob directly to the outer square frame. Is that right? Did the inner square fit back in okay over the screw head? Or am I looking at this wrong? You can also e-mail me at jehovahsdaughter @ gmail.com if that is easier. Thank you so much!! You did a wonderful job!

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    1. Congratulations on your 8th anniversary!! I'm so glad you like the Scrabble board and are making one of your own! We attached the screw for the drawer pull exactly as you described and did not have any issues with the spacer square fitting back in, so it shouldn't be a problem. The spacer is also flexible enough that it should give slightly if you need to accommodate for the screw. Thanks!

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  11. Do you know what gauge or type the sheet metal was? I can't get the rare earth magnets to stick through the game board, but maybe I need stronger magnets? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lilly! I'm sorry for the delayed response. Unfortunately I don't know what gauge the metal was, but it is approximately 1/16" thick. I do know we needed extra strong magnets to have enough strength to work through the thickness of the scrabble board. These are the magnets we used: http://www.rare-earth-magnets.com/p-24-nsn0601.aspx. Hope this helps!

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  13. I just finished mine, except for my fancy knob and letter bag. Thank you for your great tutorial! I pinned it on Pinterest!

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