Next up on my list of quick, easy, coaster crafts are scrabble coasters. These are another extremely easy and customizable gift for any special occasion. More importantly, they are really hard to screw up and anyonewho can spell can make them. The most challenging part is trying to come up with phrases that are approximately the right length to fit on a coaster.
Cost: about $10 for 4
Time: 20 Minutes plus time for the glue and coating to dry
Materials (list contains affiliate links – if you buy any of these items you are supporting my coffee addiction)
- Scrabble tiles (disclaimer: I bought three packs of the tiles I linked to and they worked great; however, each set of 100 had different letters in it so there’s no guarantee you will get the letters you need)
- Cork sheets
- Acrylic coating
Step 1: Pick Your Phrases
This time I stuck to wine and happy hour themed phrases which would work for anyone who enjoys the occasional cocktail. One of the advantages of this craft is that you can customize it to say whatever you want. Here’s a few more ideas:
- Holiday greetings MERRY – XMAS – HAPPY – NEW – YEAR
- Movie quotes YOU – DONT – SMELL – LIKE – SANTA
- Song lyrics ALL I – WANT – FOR – XMAS – IS YOU
- Inside jokes
- Personal notes (thank yous, congratulations, apologies, etc.)
I also think these would make an adorable gift for a teacher. You could use something like WE – LOVE – YOU – [ TEACHER NAME] or THANK – YOU – [TEACHER NAME].
Once you’ve selected the phrases you want to use, lay out the tiles to make sure you have the letters you need. I ended up rearranging some of mine because I ran out of Ws.
Step 2: Glue ‘Em On
To glue the tiles to the cork sheet I just coated the sheet with E6000 and started sticking the tiles on. For blank tiles between words I simply selected letters that I had a surplus of (I’m lookin’ at you – O) and flipped them over.
Once I was done I had one sheet of six tile coasters. At this point I let everything dry overnight before I started cutting.
Step 3: Cut ‘Em Out
After the glue dried I just grabbed some scissors and started cutting. I tried to get as close to the edge of the tiles as possible. To quote Forrest Gump, “that’s all I have to say about that”.
Step 4: Spray with Acrylic Coating
Once the coasters are assembled, spray them with acrylic coating. This will help protect them from condensation. I shook the can first and held it about a foot above the coasters while spraying.
Step 5: Enjoy some Red-Wine Sangria!
Once your scrabble coasters have dried, reward yourself with a glass of sangria.
Red Wine Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 cup club soda
- Whatever fruit you have. I’m a fan of citrus fruits and berries.
- (Optional – I usually skip) Brandy
- (Optional – I usually skip) Juice or lemonade
I recently came across this great DIY sangria gift idea which would complement these coasters well.
12 Days of Coasters
Looking for more DIY coaster ideas? Check out my earlier coaster crafts:
- 12 Days of Coasters Day 1: Melted Peppermint Coasters
- 12 Days of Coasters Day 2: Wood Photo Coasters