It’s take a poll day on thistlewood.
I tried something new and I’m curious if it made a difference.
My brother made me this wood tile scrabble board for Christmas and wrapped it up and tucked it under the tree. It might look cute here, but it is even cuter in person. And helpful. And useful. I have a lot to say and a short time to get there and I need more message boards in my life.
I’ll show you how he made it and then show you how you can make one with supplies that I randomly found at Hobby Lobby.
I need an opinion.
In the spirit of 2019 and goals and trying to make myself the very best person I can be, I’ve started listening to classical music. I found a classical music online radio station and I turn it on whenever I’m on the computer in an attempt to spark creativity and inspiration and brilliant words flowing from my keyboard.
It’s playing right now. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp minor. The piano keys are leaping and jumping and dancing with joy.
And I wonder?
Did all that classical music inspiration make the post cuter?
Creative minds want to know. 🙂
Here’s the close-up of the message board.
And what a message.
Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.
Leave a little color and joy and personality wherever you go.
(total aside: For some reason I thought there was a D like this in pidgeons. There’s not.)
My brother started by making the entire board himself from scrap wood.
Here’s a look at the back.
There are 11 pieces of scrap wood held together by two boards fastened in the back.
Next, he routed out these smaller pieces of wood.
There’s a small lip in each piece.
He created seven pieces like this.
Then he simply used wood glue to attach them to the board.
Here’s the edge of the pieces so you can see the routing.
And you can see a little bit of the glue in the middle of the picture.
I found these over-sized scrabble tiles at Hobby Lobby.
You can see them here.
I’m not sure if it’s the classical music, but they are SO MUCH cuter than regular scrabble tiles.
And so much more messagy.
I bought two packages and created a message.
(total aside: Scrabble messaging tip. If you don’t have all the letters you need, just flip them over and draw them with a sharpie marker. I did that for four of these tiles. Can you tell which ones they are?)
I love my brother. I love this Christmas present. But just in case you didn’t find one of these under the tree I have the EASIEST DIY for you.
I found all of these reclaimed wood boards at Hobby Lobby.
Here’s one of the larger ones.
They are pieces of wood held together in the back, just like my brother’s.
They come in tons of sizes.
Here’s a smaller version.
Most of these boards are in the wood part of the craft section in the back.
And now for the message part.
This is balsa wood. I used to make doll furniture out of it. It’s super soft wood and you can cut it with scissors.
These are smaller pieces that you could cut with scissors and glue together with wood glue to create the message holders.
Or even easier.
I found TONS of scrabble tile holders on Amazon. You could just buy the wood board and glue on the scrabble tile holders—maybe two across to make longer message boards.
It’s such an easy project.
If you use the pre-made board and the scrabble tile holders it might only take about an hour.
And the best part?
That leaves more time for classical music all the wisdom you have to say. 🙂