Finding myself the proud owner of several vintage scrabble games, I pondered what creative idea I could do…obviously, I could challenge all my family members to a giant scrabble round robin (the 1986 version of Words with friends!)


But maybe, just maybe, there might be a way to use the game boards for superior scrabble domination preparation, also known as…


(said with echoes and a guy flying over it with a flapping cape)

 IMG_5725SO the flying cape won!

I grabbed some 16″ MDF blocks I had in the studio and started base coating them, one red, one bright blue.

Pulling a stencil from the lot stacked on my shelf, I quickly stenciled a pattern in one shade deeper around the edge.

Perfection is not the goal, for so little will be seen, so just let the brush & paint fly (you know, like that cape!)


I then grabbed the boards, and liberally applied glue to the backs, pressing down centered on the board.


A first coat of chalkboard paint was applied freehand to the board, followed by two more coats for great coverage.


For a good finish, I added two coats of Decoart’s Americana satin varnish all over the board and the edges


Out came the carpet tacks as decoration and a little extra staying power for the board, then distressed all over lightly

…added a hanger (and a secret-flying-word-learning cape)


Happy & I know it, so I clapped my hands and hung it up for lots of fun!

Stay tuned for the next post to see what I did with the box top!!

If you are actually using your scrabble boards & don’t want to stop your awesome game, I did list a couple in my etsy shop!

Check out other cute Thursday Inspirations at all things with purpose and Creative Thursdays!