There are several ways to repurpose game boards and their pieces, including wall art, frames, ornaments and even purses! I’m always watching thrift stores and garage sales for old game boards and actually had four different Scrabble game boards to choose from when I used one as wall art in my family room.
Repurpose Game Boards as Wall Art
Don’t discount the inside of the Scrabble box lid either! The instructions for the game are there and if the box is old enough, it has a great vintage feel to it, which was perfect for my newly decorated family room.
I also save Scrabble tiles, and they aren’t all the same. Some are darker than others, and some have rounded edges while others are square. I keep a jar of loose Scrabble tiles in my studio to use at any time and there were three different varieties in there!
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There wasn’t much prep work here. I simply used Command Strips to hang the board on the wall. A little forethought would have gone a long way however, since I hung the board first I found myself standing at the wall attaching the Scrabble tiles.
It was easy enough to do though. I used Aleene’s Instant Tacky Adhesive Dots, though Glue Dots would probably work as well.
I would suggest attaching the tiles before hanging the board on the wall to make it a little easier.
Tip: use your phone instead of your memory
When choosing which words to use and laying out your tiles, use your phone to snap a picture of the finished layout. Then when you are attaching your tiles to the game board you will have a photo to reference. This is assuming of course that you aren’t just building your tile layout directly on your game board.
Recap: game board wall art
- Choose words and create layout
- Use adhesive dots to attach tiles to board
- Use Command Strips to attach game board to the wall
I also hung a Clue game board on a different wall. The colors from the game board play nicely with the colors in the rest of the room. I don’t have any pieces from the game of Clue, but i’m sure I’ll add more to this display as I find things. I’ll be revealing the room in a few days, so stay tuned for that!
Meanwhile, here’s some other ways to use game boards and pieces:
- Scrabble Tile Christmas Ornament – attach tiles in a fun holiday saying and dress it up with fake snow.
- Scrabble Tile Magnets – turn individual tiles into a fun, perpetual word game that can be played on the refrigerator!
- Game Board Storage Art – this is actually pretty nifty. Beckie from Infarrantly Creative uses these game boards as wall art, but the game pieces are in a hidden place so you can play the game any time you want!
- Board Game Jewelry Box – turn an old Monopoly game board into a unique jewelry, treasure or keepsake box.
- Board Game Journal – an old board game becomes a usable journal, great for keeping score while playing other games!
- Scrabble Tile Acronym Magnets – This is a fun way to turn scrabble tiles into something for the younger generation.
This post originally appeared here on March 15, 2016.
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I did that in our game room!
How did you do the dots one?
Amanda Formaro says
Hi Nette. I bought the Dots sign at Hobby Lobby.
Jenny Bychowski says
what about the purses you mentioned? Thanks
Amanda Formaro says
Here you go http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf94148782.tip.html
Cindy deRosier says
I LOVE this!