Flea Market Décor

Crafting letters

5 ways to use Scrabble pieces in your Christmas décor

- 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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