For over the crib in Trent’s nursery, we decided to make large Scrabble letters that spelled out his first and middle name.
First, we purchased a 6 inch wide piece of oak wood. Then, using a miter saw, Brett cut ten 6 inch by 6 inch square blocks.
Since most of the letters in Trent’s name are worth 1 point in Scrabble, we thought that would look redundant, so we decided against making your typical Scrabble letters with the points on the bottom corner. Instead, we chose to find an image of something that started with that letter. We also thought this was more fun AND educational than just a bunch of one’s.
Here’s what we used:
T – Train
R – Rabbit
E – Elephant
N – Ninja
T – Tree
H – House
O – Octopus
M – Moon
A – Apple
S – Snail
Brett made sure to find silly, quirky images to use.
To make the letters and pictures to affix to the wood, Brett bought full sheet labels of removable adhesive.
Using Photoshop, Brett made a new 6×6 document, typed the letter to the size he wanted that would fit in the center of the Scrabble block. After finding an image for each letter through Google, he added the image to the Photoshop document, then printed each letter onto an adhesive sheet.
He then used an X-ACTO knife to cut out the letters and images. Some of those images were pretty detailed and tedious!
He affixed each letter and image onto a block of wood, then sprayed each block with Valspar clear coat.
The ninja is my favorite!!
Then, he hung them on the wall! Make sure you follow Scrabble rules and make the second word branch off of the first with the same letter!
View some of our DIY Projects from Trent’s Nursery!