Make It Monday – Scrabble Photo Frame

I know it’s been a while since I posted a Make It Monday, but I just had to share this easy personalized Scrabble Photo Frame project with you!

I usually hate gift giving. It is my least scored of the 5 Love Languages. Finding just the right thing on demand stresses me out. But every once in a while I come up with that perfect gift for a special somebody. My Aunt’s 70th birthday was last week and since we’ve moved closer to my family we were able to attend the celebration. She told everybody she wanted memories, not gifts.

What I made for her checked both boxes.

For as long as I can remember, she has been beating the pants off me (and everybody else) at Scrabble, so I turned a Shadow box and an old Scrabble game into a personalized photo holder.

Scrabble Photo Frame

What You’ll Need

One Shadow Box Frame

A Scrabble Game (thrifted would be best)

Box Cutter or Craft Blade


Adhesive (Mini Hot Glue, or E6000)

1 Mini Clothes Pin

What You’ll Do

  1. Use the inside of the shadow box to trace onto the game board the shape and size you’ll need for the background.
  2. Carefully score along the lines, then cut using the box cutter or craft blade. Be careful not to damage the word surface below.
  3. Choose your Scrabble letters to create words. Make sure you have enough letters to spell all your words before you start gluing them down. Think about how the words might intersect at the corners, too. ProTip: Pay attention to the orientation of your words and frame. If you have a picture in mind for the frame, check to see if it is landscape (wider than tall) or portrait (taller than wide). If you’ll be taking a picture at an event, make sure you snap it in the right direction.
  4. I chose to put her first initial and her last name (It conveniently added up to the 7 letters used in a Scrabble game) on the letter holder, but you could spell another word here or just add random letters.
  5. Glue the letters to the letter holder. Be sure to check the packaging for your adhesive of choice and follow directions, especially ventilation if necessary.
  6. Run a thin line of glue along the back side of the letter holder where it will connect with the game board. Put the letter holder in the bottom center of the shadow box.
  7. Place the cut game board into the shadow box so it connects with the line of glue on the back of the letter holder. Put glue all over the back of the game board, then fit the back of the shadow box into place, closing the clasps.
  8. Carefully turn over the shadow box. Glue down your mini clothes pin at the top middle of the shadow box frame.
  9. Line up your words along the edges of the frame. Glue into place. Less glue is better. If your glue seeps out around the edges, you can use the corner of a piece of card stock to swipe it away.
  10. Wait to dry. Clip a favorite photo to the front, wrap it up, and then go make someone’s day a little brighter!

Make It Monday - Scrabble Photo Frame

Let Me Hear From You

Do you have a friend who would appreciate this gift? What words would you make from the letters? If you make one, I’d love for you to share a pic in the comments!

Make It Monday - Personalized Scrabble Photo Frame

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