Craft­ing let­ters

5 ways to use Scrab­ble pieces in your Christ­mas dé­cor

Flea Market Décor - - P.s. - BY KRISTIN DOWD­ING PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET GUM

OVER THE YEARS, SCRAB­BLE LET­TERS HAVE VEN­TURED OUT OF THEIR GAME and be­come a tool for cre­ative minds to use while craft­ing home dé­cor. Blog­ger Les­lie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home uses her col­lec­tion of lit­tle let­ters to spread hol­i­day cheer and com­mu­ni­cate with her kids. “I’ll find zip-top bags of Scrab­ble let­ters at flea mar­kets,” says Les­lie. “I used to leave mes­sages for my kids when they were younger, and they’d leave some back for me.”

TO CARRY ON THIS FUN TRA­DI­TION, HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOU CAN IN­COR­PO­RATE SCRAB­BLE LET­TERS INTO YOUR HOL­I­DAY DÉ­COR THIS YEAR. 1. LEAVE A NOTE.

Just like Les­lie, gather your let­ter blocks into jars or bowls, and let your guests spell out sea­sonal greet­ings or mes­sages for you to read once they’re gone. You can also at­tach mag­nets to the let­ter backs and keep let­ters handy near your re­frig­er­a­tor.

2. LA­BEL A GIFT.

For a unique gift tag, spell out the re­cip­i­ent’s name with Scrab­ble let­ters rather than us­ing a pen.

3. FRAME A SYM­BOL.

Form shapes with your let­ter blocks such as a Christ­mas tree or a star and frame them to use as wall art, or you can glue the let­ters onto the frame it­self to la­bel a spe­cial pic­ture with a name or place.

4. SAVE A SEAT.

Glue the let­ters onto a place card to des­ig­nate seat­ing at your din­ing table. If you glue them to a flat ornament, your guests can take them home as sou­venirs.

5. MAKE AN ORNAMENT.

Sea­sonal say­ings such as “Let It Snow” and “Joy to the World” can be glued to­gether and hung on your tree for a

DIY ornament.

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