I still had a bunch of scrabble tiles left from last project, and found a way to make perfect use of them – connecting the names of our small family in a DIY Scrabble Name Frame. Luckily for us none of us have the Norwegian letters Æ, Ø or Å in our names, thus I could use the same set of tiles not having to steal from grandma’s actual Scrabble game
Supplies: Scrabble tiles to spell out the names, E-6000 adhesive and a frame. I ordered the tiles from eBay while I used is the small version of IKEA’s “Ribba” frame.
1. Start with trying out different ways to combine and connect the names. Hopefully you have names with at least one common letter. If not you will have to add short words like “and” or “love” or whatever you think fit. If you are anything like me you also want to make sure that the art is balanced.
2. Assemble “the art”, by adding glue to each piece and allow it to partially harden for a couple minutes before pressing them together. I started with “Albert”, then “Elise” and finally my name “Erlend”.
3. Frame the names! I used some double sided tape on the back to make sure the letters stay where I want them to stay – in the middle. And of course the tiles are pressed towards the glass from behind.
This I’ve wanted to try for a long time but haven’t really got to the point of ordering tiles and magnets. Now I have and with some glue these letters are perfect for writing messages to each other or learning new words: This is how you make Scrabble Fridge Magnets.
You’ll need the following: Scrabble tiles, small rare earth magnets and E-6000 glue. I bought both the tiles and the magnets here. Fasten the magnets to the tiles with a small drop of glue and use your thumb to press them together. Let the glue dry for at least 24 hours and you are ready to fasten them to the fridge.
I used super strong magnets. That’s not recommended if you want your children to be able to move them around and make words
Back in 1997 I was visiting Tokyo, Japan for one month. I lived with a family, the Watanabes, and got an amazing experience of Japanese culture and family life. One thing I learned, was how to fold origami. One of my favorites is the origami balloon. These small balloons make perfect lanterns if attached to a LED light. Here’s how to make an origami balloon LED garland from a newspaper.
Supplies: A newspaper, a LED garland and a paper cutter. If you’ve never folded a balloon before, you might wanna practice two or three times first. Folding instructions can easily be found if you google origami balloon.
- Fold two or three balloons in different sizes and try them on a LED bulb. You attach the balloon to the LED garland using the hole in which you blew up the balloon. No tape is necessary if you get the right size.
- Make balloons for every bulb on the LED garland. If you’re making this from a newspaper that means cutting a square, folding a balloon and blowing it up – again and again until you have your number. My LED garland had 35 LED bulbs so I made 35 balloons.
- Attach the balloons to the LED garland. I made this for a Norwegian newspaper (VG) and made sure that their logo was on every fifth ballon. Here it might be a good idea to think about whether you want an order or pattern before you start.