DIY: Letter tiles
Personalization can make an art project more fun and unique. One easy way to make your decorations fit your family or home is by using letter tiles.
The alphabet pieces can be swiped from Scrabble or other games, but don't worry -- you don't have to destroy your favorite word game to use the pieces. Letter tiles also are available at craft stores.
Those typically don't come with the point values, though, so if you want the look of the Hasbro pieces you could write the numbers in with black pen or ultra-fine point markers.
If you want the real thing, scour garage sales or thrift stores for the game or find pieces online. Typewriter keys or other letter items also work for letter-themed projects.
To echo the game's sentiment in your decorations or art projects, try spelling out a set of words that share letters -- such as family members' names.
The letter tiles also can be used in jewelry or functional art such as coasters, to decorate a refrigerator or for basically any personalized project.
Colored cardstock or fabric
Share letters to make a Scrabble-style art piece for any room. Some suggestions: Use "daddy" and "daughter" with a shared "d" to frame a photo of the two together, spell out family members' names or assemble a phrase such as "love you."
You can use words or phrases that fit with a specific room, such as words like "grate," "stir," "roll" and "eat" in the kitchen.
Decide on some of the words you would like ahead of time and pull out the letters you want. Simply cut the paper or fabric to the frame size and glue on the tiles.
Pick your words first and find the right tiles to make sure the words fit together and you have all the necessary letters.
Pre-cut the fabric or paper and lay out the tiles before gluing them to make sure they will fit the frame size.
Pick a longer word with a lot of vowels or different letters to put horizontally and build the rest from there.
The glass might not fit back in the frame depending on how much space there is and the thickness of the letter tiles.
Thick cardstock, cardboard, cork or rubber
Sealant, such as clear nail polish
Rubber bands, if using paper or cardboard
Spice up a bar area or kitchen with four-by-four letter tile coasters. There are plenty of drink-related words to use, including stir, java, diet, beer, iced, cold, lime, salt, wine and brew, just to name a few.
The four-letter words make a perfect size for most glasses, but you can make them as big or small as you want.
Lay out your tiles and cut the paper, cardboard, rubber or cork to size. Glue on the letter tiles.
If you use cardboard or paper, cut rubber bands into strips and glue to the bottom for some grip on the table.
Seal the tiles with clear paint, glue or nail polish so they won't be damaged by liquids.
Again, decide on the words for the set of coasters and pull out all the letters before gluing anything to make sure you have the right pieces.
If using rubber bands for grip, make sure to use enough to be sturdy, not wobbly, and that they lay flat.
Magnet circles or strip
Hot glue (if magnets are not pre-stick)
Alphabet magnets aren't just for kids. The grown-up version made from letter tiles can be a fun way to keep a family game of words going, spell seasonal phrases or double as labels for photos on the fridge.
You also can create your own board for the tiles. Just spray paint or cover old baking sheets or other magnetic board, attach ribbon or rope and hang.
Assembly is simple: Cut magnet strips into small squares and stick to the back of the letter tiles, or stick or glue small magnets on the tiles. Magnet strips or pieces can be found at most craft stores.
Bring a letter tile with you to the store when picking out magnets to make sure they are the right size.
If you are using magnets with sticky backs, make sure to firmly attach to the tiles. They can come off, especially when removing the tiles from the magnetic surface.