So, I made them some personalized ceramic mugs.
And a set of those scrabble coasters floating around Pinterest.
I made mine totally different than the typical idea. You see, my brother-in-law is something of a math genius and when I say math genius, I mean all-around genius. I knew that if I sent him a scrabble coaster with four vertically-spelled words that didn't combine to make real words in any other direction, they would drive him crazy. So, I found a site that lists every possible 4x4 scrabble square (or "magic square") and created a replica in scrabble tiles. Check it out HERE.
Along the way, I figured out a few things that must be mentioned if you wish to make some scrabble coasters of your own.
The How-To Gal Tips on Making Your Own Scrabble Coasters:
- Build your squares row by row. Don't try gluing all of the pieces together at once. Make one row of words at a time, let dry and then glue the rows together. You will end up with a much more symmetrical product.
- Coat with a water-resistant finish. Scrabble tiles are made of wood, and because of this, getting them wet is NOT a good idea. They will expand and your square will end up a rhombus with water rings. Kind of pointless if you want to use them as a coaster, right? To prevent this, you need to coat the tiles with a water-resistant finish. I applied four coats of polyurethane to my set. The poly will protect the scrabble tiles' wood and they will be easy to clean. PLUS it makes them really shiny.
- Back the coasters with something substantial. At first I thought I would simply back the coasters with a fun colored felt. But when you put the tiles together, you'll notice they feel very light and insubstantial. I decided to back them with cork (I found mine at Wal-Mart in the office supplies) and the cork really gives them a more "solid" feel.
I hope my sister and her husband love my hot cocoa inspired gift!
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