Scrabble Tile Maps
After buying a bag of scrabble tiles for another project I had done, I had a bunch of tiles left that I had no idea what to do with. So, as I normally do, I asked Pinterest what other scrabble tile projects are out there. I found scrabble tile wine charms (which I’ll show in another post!), and scrabble map tiles. Basically, you can take scrabble tile sized pieces of maps that you probably have laying around the house (my parents had tons of maps, and let’s be honest… no one will ever use them anymore because of our smartphones and GPS!). But, the design and print of the maps is what makes it unique.
What you’ll need:
- Scrabble tiles
- Modge Podge – matte finish
- Modge Podge – dimensional magic clear
- Sand paper
Step 1: Cut out a piece of the map that you want on the tile (cut out a square that’s bigger than the tile).
Step 2: Mark where you want the map to be exactly on the tile. I normally bend the edges so when I apply the glue to the tile it’s easier to go right back to where you wanted the map on the tile.
Step 3: Modge Podge – matte finish, use the glue to apply to the back of the tile and press the map to the tile. Once I do this, I take the sand paper and sand off the edges of the map that overhang. I’ve used many different grits of sand paper but the finer you can find the better the map sands off the tile.
Step 4: Make sure you let the modge podge completely dry before you go to step 5! Super important. I have made this mistake before and it has ruined the tile! At the bottom of this post I added a “what not to do” section and you will see what happens when you don’t let it try!
Step 5: Once the modge podge has dried (COMPLETELY!) you can now add the modge podge dimensional magic. This stuff is pretty cool, and will give your tile a nice curved, clear, tile look that you really can’t believe you were able to do yourself with a modge podge product. The way that I have found to work the best is to start placing the dimensional magic on the outer edge of the tile and then fill in the middle. Sometimes you will get some air pockets (totally normal because of the way the glue dispenses) and it’s easy to get rid of them. I’ve actually just popped them with my finger as soon as it’s still wet, but you can use a toothpick or any other small tool to get the air bubble out.
The other thing I did not realize the first time I tried this was that the glue while it’s on the tile is still very loose and easily able to be moved. When I had tried to move the tile to a different flat surface than the one I had applied the glue on, it had moved all over the place. I would recommend whatever flat surface you will dry the tile on, should be it’s final surface.
Finished product after drying:
What not to do:
This is what happened to the tiles when I didn’t wait for the map + mod podge to dry before applying the dimensional magic glue. If you wanted to speed up the drying you can use a hair dryer if you are super impatient!
or, if you’d rather not make them yourself, I have them available on my shop link here: