• Fri, Jul 11 2008

Fingerprint Mini-Mosaic with Scrabble Tiles

red cufflink-scrabble.jpgLaura, better known as TheScrabbleGal, is going to share with us a fun DIY project involving some re-purposed Scrabble tiles and a few other household materials.

She started creating handmade jewelry and crafts from recycled Scrabble tiles while in college. Now she’s a full-blown Scrabble tile addict. Well, perhaps I should refer to her as an artist instead! That’s her Scrabble tile cuff link to the left.

TheScrabbleGal offers an entire line of E-Book tutorials on how to make more than 77 Scrabble tile jewelry and craft projects, many of which incorporate recycled or re-purposed materials. Check out her Etsy shop — TheScrabbleGal.etsy.com.

Now, a guest post straight from TheScrabbleGal:

This is a project I love teaching, because it’s easy, fun and great for kids! We’re going to make a fingerprint mini-mosaic using Scrabble tiles. All you need are some old Scrabble tiles, an ink pad and a little bit of white primer or paint.


Step 1: Set aside the tiles you’re going to need to spell out the words “Hand Print”

Step 2: Take 11 tiles (any letters will do) and prime the non-letter side so they are completely white. Add a second coat if necessary, and allow to dry completely.

Step 3: Using your old ink pad (be sure to use non-toxic ink) – one finger at a time, cover your fingertip in ink and press your fingertip on the white side of your tile to create a black-on-white fingerprint. Be sure to use one finger per tile. However, in the finished example, I’ve used two tiles for my right thumb. Also, I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of paper first, because getting just the right amount of ink can be a bit tricky. : )

Step 4: Arrange your tiles like the example above.

Step 5: From here, you can do a whole bunch of things – you can transform this into a refrigerator magnet, create a tiled-mosaic, or transform this into wall-art that can be framed and hanged – great for kids’ rooms. (I teach each of these techniques in detail in my tutorials, as well as how to use recycled papers instead of paint.) But there’s no reason to stop there. I’ve had a few Moms tell me that they’ve done a “baby’s first prints” scrapbook project using this idea. The options are endless.

Happy crafting!

Images via TheScrabbleGal.

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  • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com Eileen

    Neat ideas! I’m sure I have an old Scrabble game with missing tiles (i.e. no good for playing the game anymore) around here someplace. I need to go search for it.

  • Peggy

    Eileen, Hi. If you decide to make it, please let me know how it goes : )

  • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

    I can never resist buying old scrabble games at yard sales and second hand stores. Those tiles are just too perfect….

    BTW… the kids could also spell their names with tiles, too….

  • http://www.kidizmo.com Paula Philbrook

    Is there a place that you can actually just buy scrabble tiles or do you have to rely on purchasing old games?

  • Peggy


    Hello. You might have some luck on Etsy. Some crafters there sell them.

  • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com Eileen

    You can order the tiles directly from Hasbro (the manufacturer). They’ll send you 100 tiles, along with the pouch and four plastic racks for $6.50.

    Just go to Hasbro.com. Click on replacement parts; then S; and select (plain) Scrabble (not one of the special editions).

  • Peggy

    Thanks Eileen! No place like directly to the source I guess… : )

  • Denise

    There’s a website I found that sells Scrabble tiles by the piece – http://www.silysavg.com – So if you need just one particular letter you can buy it for like .50 cents. I know I needed like 7 S’s and a bunch of T’s and I could buy just those. Denise