Not only are we bloggers (albeit newbies), but we also follow a few other blogs. One of our favorites is Young House Love, which is how we found out about this challenge. Sherry (and John by proxy) over at YHL teamed up with Katie from Bower Power, Lana from Making a House a Home, and Emily from Style by Emily Henderson, and the ladies threw down a challenge. A Pinterest Challenge. And we have accepted. The parameters were pretty wide open to let the creative juices flow. The idea is to act on all of that eye candy we peruse for hours on end by creating something inspired by Pinterest. In full disclosure, this is only our second attempt at making something that we’ve seen on Pinterest (the first being our brickends). So thank you to our fellow bloggers for giving us a much needed kick in the pants. We owe our crafty new wall candy to them.
If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest, it is a website that allows you to have virtual pinboards where you can copy (or “pin”) all of the inspiring things you find on the web, whether it be design images, jaw dropping photos of vacation spots, future gift ideas, or crafty projects that you want to tackle (or just ogle over). It is A. MAZ. ING. In case you didn’t know. So what do we peruse on Pinterest? Things that make us laugh is probably number one. Because I know a little person who could rock a shirt that says “I am why we can’t have nice things,” and I have a friend who needs a poster (made by us of course) that says “I hate it when I’m making a milkshake and boys just show up in my yard.” We’ve also been pinning a lot of cottage/guest house ideas, but since this challenge was thrown down last Tuesday, we couldn’t quite fit that into our schedules. So we decided to go slightly smaller scale and make a piece of art for our frame wall. Enter Scrabble. As in Scrabbilicious definition, make them peeps go loco. Us being the peeps in that Fergie remix. People are into those little Scrabble tiles. And so are we. There are tons of ideas on there (like Scrabble tables, pillows, and coasters), but we especially liked these shelves made out of the scrabble ledges (originally from here).
And framed Scrabble tiles (most of which say Love You). This one (originally from here) was very nicely done.
So this is why we scoured Goodwills over the weekend as we mentioned here yesterday. Because…gasp…we don’t own Scrabble. We had a wtf moment ourselves upon realizing this. And sadly, we couldn’t find a nice worn-in version the thrifty way so we settled for a new one from Target. It happened to be on sale which was pretty much a sign from God that we were meant to rock this challenge with our own spin on these little wooden tiles. We played around with a few ideas, and we finally decided on using a shadow box that we already had and some fabric that we picked up from Joann Fabric on sale that we thought would compliment the color of the tiles.
I came up with a bomb idea for a saying, and Dain made it happen. Because that’s basically how we roll with a lot of our crafty projects. Dain is one crafty mother. He started by spray mounting the shadow box board to the fabric.
Then he expertly cut away the excess fabric around the board.
Next, he sanded the back of the Scrabble tiles to remove the varnish finish so that the wood glue would adhere. I hadn’t even considered how to do this, but it was a no brainer for Dain. Left to my own devices, super glue would have entered the scene.
Luckily, Dain was smart enough to use wood glue because he knew the tiles were wood, the board was wood, and the glue would be able to soak through the fabric creating a strong adhesion. Duh. I guess.
Then he glued the tiles onto the fabric.
All that was left to do was to wipe away the excess glue.
And boom goes the dynamite.
Check it out in its full glory.
Love. Love. Love. It. So much that we promptly made room on our frame wall for it.
In all, it was an incredibly easy project. Once we had the supplies ready, it took less than 30 minutes. We had a lot of fun trying to come up with a saying. So much that we couldn’t stop there. We ended up adding another Scrabble inspired piece to the frame wall thanks to a shelf we picked up on sale at Target over the weekend (and a cone flower from our yard). So here is the more sentimental version. Quite the dichotomy from some of our other ideas (which I won’t print lest you judge us for throwing down f-bombs with Scrabble tiles).
And here’s the self promotion version thanks to a custom heart on a blank tile, which I colored while Dain wasn’t looking since he typically doesn’t let me use the Sharpies or the scissors. Joking. Kind of.
The best part about the shelf is that we can take the ledge out or switch it up with new phrases to follow our moods. And we might not have them right next to each other permanently, but it was easy for now.
We will now probably be forever on the lookout for old Scrabble games so we can make more of these for gifts. The possibilities for phrases are endless. How about you? Have you ever made anything inspired by Pinterest? We are excited to see what everyone else made for this challenge and thankful for all the inspiration out there. Keep on pinning on pinners. We need your pins for our repins.
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