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Happy Holidays: Distressed Scrabble Tile Decorations

Hi Everyone! It’s SUCH an honor to be here at Tatertots and Jello sharing a craft for the upcoming holiday season. I don’t know what it is but I am just itching to bring out the Christmas décor this year!

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I’m Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers, a place where I share DIY projects and tutorials, seasonal crafts and easy recipes.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make these Distressed Scrabble Tile Decorations for your holiday décor this year. And in reality, they could probably work year round as well, making them a great gift.

Easy tutorial on ow to make these DIY Scrabble Tile Decorations via @tarynatddd

You can personalize them by choosing different words related to the holidays or something meaningful.


DIY Scrabble TIle Decor- great for the holidays or year round! Via @tarynatddd


– (3) 5 1/2″ Square Blocks

– 120 Grit Sand Paper

– Minwax Early American Stain

– 4″ Vinyl Letters and 3/4″ Numbers

– White Paint

– Satin Wood Sealer

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I am the type of person that saves all of my wood scraps from various projects and this is one of the many times when I am glad that I do! For this project, I used left over wood from our Garden Slat Wall , cut them into 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ pieces and then sanded down the edges.

If you don’t want to cut your own pieces you can buy ready made blocks at your craft store.


Next, I gave them one coat of Miniwax Early American Stain. I always prefer to apply my stains with a soft cloth but you could also use a foam brush or roller.


Using my Silhouette, I created my vinyl letters and numbers in Arial font. If you don’t have access to a machine, you can just as easily purchase 4″ vinyl letters and 3/4″ numbers at a craft store.

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Using transfer paper to apply the vinyl to the blocks makes the job that much easier!


At this point, if you like what you see you could easily stop here. The stain with the black letters give them a real vintage look. But I decided to take them a step further for a different look.


I am a really big fan of tone on tone and decided to make these blocks another victim of my obsession. I covered the blocks in a coat of white paint and let them dry. The trick to painting over vinyl is to apply a really thin layer of paint so it doesn’t bleed underneath.

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Then, using a sheet of 120 grit sand paper, I gently distressed the blocks and the edges. And to finish them off I gave them a coat of satin polyurethic sealer.

DIY Christmas Decor - Distressed JOY Scrabble Tiles via @tarynatddd

A really simple project that can make a fun piece of décor or a great gift for the holidays.

And a huge thanks to Jen for having me over today!


Thanks Taryn! I just love those tiles, don’t you? The possibilities really are endless. You could even do a different word on the opposite side to use it for two different holidays! Hop on over to Design, Dining, and Diapers for more great crafts and tutorials!

Here are a few of my other favorite projects of Taryn’s:


This Modern Bird Inspired Nursery she put together is so adorable, bright, and fun.

The color combination she used, mixed with the white is just beautiful!


These Tissue Paper Pumpkins would be such a unique addition to your Thanksgiving table this year!!

I love the rustic leaves mixed with the delicate white tissue paper.


  This 3D Noel sign is so simple to make, but will add such beautiful color to your Christmas decor!

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  1. I love this idea! I am thinking about trying to makes these with my last name!!!
    Stopping by from http://www.sparklesandglue.com
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  2. I love them! So creative!!
    Amy Huntley recently posted…Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe–Christmas Gift

  3. I just love the scrabble tiles, and anyone can do this. I like the simple stuff with purpose.

    Good job to both of you.

  4. So cute, Taryn! I am a real scrabble nut- love these!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie recently posted…DIY Super Easy Opaque Glass Painted Ornaments {Blue Christmas}

  5. Those tiles turned out wonderful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  6. Love this idea!
    Desiree @ The36thAvenue recently posted…Mint Oreo Cheesecake Bars Recipe

  7. Taryn I love these so so much! My game loving family would be all over this! Can’t wait to make this project! Thanks so much.

  8. LOVE!! Taryn is so talented!! Great job, girl! XO

  9. These are too cute! LOVE them!
    Jessica recently posted…Change Ceiling Fan Direction in Winter / Summer and Save Money and Energy

  10. These are so cute! I love the scrabble idea!

  11. This is so creative! Great post

    xoxo Zoe
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  12. These are so cute! Definitely pinning. :)
    Lisa at Mabey She Made It recently posted…The Thankful Tree (and a Printable)

  13. I always love Taryn’s projects, and this one is no exception! Such a simple idea, but so pretty. :)
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  14. This is adorable Taryn! I love it : ) I am totally bringing Christmas stuff out already : )
    Ashley recently posted…DIY Christmas Joy Sign Tutorial

  15. So cute! I love scrabble art everytime I see it! love the Christmas themed one! Emily

  16. Oh my word- I SO LOVE THOSE. But then again- I love Taryn & everything she does. :) Happy to see her over here today Jen. This is the most fun holiday sharing ever!
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  17. Ahh, these are super cute! I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

  18. Love the scrabble tiles. Great job!
    Marie recently posted…DIY Pallet Entryway Table

  19. Taryn, great tutorial on the DIY scrabble letters. So cute!
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