Lay It On the Lawn: A Life-Sized Scrabble DIY

It’s the height of summer, and you know what that means. Picnics! Backyard bashes! Enough barbecues to attract a wild Guy Fieri! With this tidal wave of summer activities upon us, however, how’s a gal to make her gatherings stand out from the crowd?

We got two words for you: Life-sized Scrabble. Read on to bring your favorite wooden tiles from the game room to the backyard with this party-pleasing DIY!

Pictured: Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric, I Believe We’ve Meadow Picnic Basket, Prickle Me This Travel Pillow, Succulent Surroundings Pillow, Hello, Crewel World Pillow

What You’ll Need:

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  • Twenty 12″ x 50″ pieces of plywood
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding Tool
  • 2″ Black number stickers (2 zeroes, 70 ones, 7 twos, 8 threes, 10 fours, 1 five, 2 eights)
  • Scissors
  • 8″ stencils of letters A-Z
  • Black 3-D Fabric Paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush

Step One: Measure for Measure

Measure 12″ x 10″ rectangles and mark using a pencil and a straightedge.

Step Two: I Came, I ‘Sawed’, I Conquered

Saw with downward, diagonal cuts along your penciled line. Sand the edges of your 100 successfully cut tiles for smooth and safe handling. (Don’t have a saw handy? Opt for cardstock and scissors instead!)

Step Three: Get Your Fill

If needed, cut your black number stickers out and place them in the lower right-hand corner of each rectangle. For a guide on how many points each letter is worth, click here! Next, trace the outline of your letter stencils with 3-D fabric paint. This will provide a foolproof raised border for easy painting!

Once your fabric paint has dried, fill in the entirety of each letter with black acrylic paint.

Step Four: ‘Letter’ Rip!

Pictured: Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket in Geometric, I Believe We’ve Meadow Picnic Basket, Prickle Me This Travel Pillow, Succulent Surroundings Pillow, Hello, Crewel World Pillow

And, there you have it. The process is lengthy, the materials are many, but the results are oh-so worth it. Tactfully arranging your life-sized Scrabble tiles across the yard not only gives your brain a workout, but it gets your heart pumping, as well! (Seriously. I was panting through my smile by my third turn.)

Good luck, and game on!

+What’s your favorite lawn game?

About Katie

Catch Katie perpetually stressing about finding the time to see every movie on her growing to-watch list. Some of her favorite pastimes include car-belting to ᗅBBA, using her dog as a pillow, and just makin' sure everyone's having a good time.

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