Thursday, December 13, 2012

DIY Nordstrom Inspired Oversized Scrabble Letters

First of all, what inspired this for Lexi's bedroom 
was when I saw them being displayed in Nordstroms kid section as "wall art" 
sometime back in September.. 
I browsed online to get the basic know-how 
of how to recreate this look and this is what we came up with! 

Supplies you need:
I decided to take this little project to our local Wood Supply store 
and have them size down and cut the wood for me:
What you need to tell them:
You need 1, 1x8 Pine Wood board -cut into 4- 7.25x7.25 squares.
if you can go with them to check out the board,
 make sure to grab a board with as little knots as possible
-or ask them to try to avoid using knots for your squares.
they will give you the remainder of your board as scraps.
cutting charge: $3.00
Sanding Sheet: $1.99
Exacto Knife, Painter Tape, Black Paint Pen
step 1:
sand the edges to make them have a soft round edge.
Don't focus on making it all even, the inconsistency will add character.

step 2:
print out the stencils below- then use painters tape to align them on the board.
Painters Tape won't leave sticky residue behind.

step 3:
use an exacto knife and trace the letter as you see it on your stencil.
(when you get to P & A -do the center of the openings first)

step 4:
use a black paint pen to color in the letters & numbers-
be careful to watch where you "paint"
- because the paint will bleed out on certain directions of wood.
The line you engrave with the exacto knife,
will help tons on making a barrier for the paint to not bleed out.
I mainly just ran into the paint bleeding when i got to my numbers.

Inspiration drew from here - with tweaks to fit our setup.

I went ahead and made you a cleaner version printable
of what I originally used for my 7.25x7.25 scrabble letter stencils.

If you would like to make your scrabble letters in the size I made
(appropriate shelf size 7.25x7.25)
then go ahead and grab these FREE printables:
Click on image- Right Click- Save Image As- then save to your desktop,
Then print them on your home computer- on a 8.5x11 sheet (your normal size)!
If you are wanting to do this process yourself for another size scrabble letter or saying
(I debated about going with "PLAY" or "READ" and kept with play)
I used this font to help make my print out-
Although i did a lot of altering in photoshop sizing them
& getting them to align correctly with one another.

I also decided to have my husband put together this shelf for me-
which made for a nice little "scrabble tile rack" look.

I used this tutorials direction on what sizes I needed cut and then stained it in Walnut
I had our local wood store cut them the same time I did the scrabble letters wood
and the entire cost for the Shelf & Scrabble Letters
wood, sanding sheet, nails, & cutting charge:
only cost $20!

this did not include:
black paint pen & stain
I already had the stain & paint pen you can snag for around 2 bucks



  1. This is precious! I love it! It would also be cute to do for your child's name... you may have just been an inspiration to a summer project for Wyatt's name.... (:

  2. What a great idea! Looks fantastic!

  3. Hi Lindsey!!

    Love this DIY- so creative and you make it look so easy! I am definitely going to try this one at home :-)

    ps- I had your button on my blog but for some reason the link wasn't working!!?

    XO Jenna

  4. why do i spell your name wrong. every. time. hahaha

  5. I love this DIY tutorial, our family loves scrabble! I am also excited for the inspiration for trying to make a shelf like the one your hubby made. I have been wanting to make a mantel type shelf but seeing as how easy that one looks I may opt for that instead!


  6. This is such a cute DIY!! I'm a new follower from The Wiegand's group giveaway! Can't wait to read more of your blog. Have a wonderful night!

  7. I love this - what a wonderful idea!! :) I just found your cute blog through The Wiegands and am so happy I did. Now following via GFC, lookin' forward to coming back :)


  8. What a great idea! So simple and creative, and there are so many things you can do with it! I might have to steal this idea!

  9. what a great idea! i just came across your cute blog! following you now =)


  10. Did you stain before or after you wrote out the letters? I plan to use paint to avoid any bleeding from a paint pen, but I haven't been able to find anyone who's done this project before that spells out whether they paint or stain first. Thanks for sharing your project! I'm excited to get mine up on the wall in our game corner!

  11. Hi, I love this idea. Can you tell me the brand of the pink owl?


  12. can you tell the brand of the owl?

    1. i went and looked and could not find a brand on it anywhere.. sorry!

  13. Hi - I write freelance for a Danish magazine called 'Hendes Verden' (Her World) and I'd love to use the top photo for a piece I'm doing on DIY letter projects. There will of course be a link back to the post and a short presentation of your blog - would that be okay with you? And would you be able to mail me a high res photo : - ) Best wishes from Astrid


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