Our play room needs a little decor and not to mention some serious organization. Lets start though with decor. I want to have a big gallery wall with a little more than just pictures in frames. I liked the idea of really labeling the room with a sign that said “Play.” In our house we have devoted our living room/formal dining space to the kids and all their toys. I kinda love that they have a huge space to run and jump and play and be kids in. That time passes all too quickly. I hope that in the future when they are grown, that they can look back and think upon their childhood home fondly.
I have great memories of playing scrabble with my mom growing up. I’d get the urge to play at times, and she would reluctantly go along as our games would take forever and a half to finish. My kids don’t really know what scrabble is right now as the are a little young for the game (4 and 6), but I hope when they are ready they will want to play with me, and I will reluctantly give in and we will have games that take hours to finish.
So I feel a little bit like I cheated in this DIY project because I used premade wood panels/canvas’. My original intention was to go buy a sheet of wood and cut my own panels, but I came across these 10″x 10″ wood canvas’ and they were only about 5 dollars each so I picked them up and saved myself some time.
I took to my computer and created the templates for the letters. You are free to download mine if you wish. They are sized to fit the 10″ x 10″ panels. Please be aware these are only intended for personal use only. Thanks.
I am only putting the letters for the word “play”. If you want to write something else and are computer friendly, the fonts I thought worked best were News Gothic Std for the letters and Arial regular for the numbers.
Click on each letter below to download PDF:
- print out of each letter you need on regular printer paper
- 10″ x 10″ unfinished wood canvas
- black craft paint
- gloss Mod Podge
- a thin paint brush and a wide paint brush
1. Print out the PDFs and be sure they are at 100% scale when printing. The top and bottom rule should line up with the top and bottom of the panel.
2. To transfer the letters to the panel I use a simple and inexpensive technique. Turn your print out over to the backside and using a pencil, color over the letter and number. Flip it back over to the right side and line up on your panel. Then just start tracing over the outline of the letter and number and it will transfer to the wood.
3. Now comes the fun part, paint. Get a couple of nice small brushes and start filling in with black paint. It’s good to have a nice steady hand here. It is important here not to get your paint to watery as it will cause some bleeding in the wood. This happened a little on my first tile that I painted. It wasn’t too bad but worth noting. You can’t really tell from far.
4. Let your paint dry for at least 24 hours. Then put on 2 coats of modge podge. You can get the glossy kind to give it a little bit of shine similar to the original scrabble tiles.