Words with Family – Magnetic Scrabble Board

Have you ever had a project that when you’re finished with it, you just adore?  I love making things for others and actually don’t keep much of it for myself.  This project was different.  I knew exactly what I wanted, where I wanted it to be placed, and the colors I wanted it to be.  This project incorporates something new and something old, a family favorite game, into a Magnetic Scrabble Board.

I’m so excited to share this project with you!  This is my most favorite one to date.  I love it because it looks nice in the home, promotes reading and spelling, it’s not electronic, and the entire family can enjoy it together.  I’ve made similar magnetic boards with Scrabble letters, but used vintage dictionary pages.  I waited and waited on one to make for my house, because I wanted to have it in our main hallway.  When I found this awesome round frame at Home Goods, the process began.  While other projects stand out to guests, the Family Scrabble Board gets the most attention.

I wish I could tell you that this was a fast project, but it has many, many steps.  I worked on this project over 6 months due to life, kids, weather, commitments, etc.  I know you understand!  It really could be done in a weekend.  I think if I was making this to give or sell I would have worked faster too.



  1. Frame – I looked high and low and found this round frame at Home Goods.  It had nice art work in it too.  I carefully cut it out in case I want to use it for something else in the future.
  2. Metal – I used metal cutters to cut my sheet of metal to fit the frame.  Then I spray painted it with white primer.  This just helps to dull the metal so it doesn’t shine silver through the fabric.
  3. Linen Fabric – I used Spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the metal.  Make sure you’re downwind of the spray glue.  I’m speaking from experience.  Then I used a Glue Gun to attach it into the frame.  No one sees the back, so I didn’t do anything fancy with it.  If you’re giving it as a gift, cover the back with brown kraft paper.
  4. This is what it looks like now in my house.  Picture #1 is the before and picture #4 is the after.
  5. Use E6000 glue to attach your Rare Earth Magnets to the Scrabble Letters.

Game Directions

  • Use as many letters as you can!
  • No limit on the length of word.  Go for a big one!
  • Don’t remove someone else’s word until it’s time to clear the board.
  • Sometimes we do themes.  Right now it’s Thanksgiving.  We’ve done Halloween, sports, school, knights, birthdays, holidays, and LEGOS… whatever we’re into at the time.  Most of the time we just walk by and add a new word if we have time.  Above all, have fun!

If you’re looking for a smaller board, I made a knock-off Ballard Designs magnet board too.  I’ve also used Scrabble Letters to make cool ornaments, check them out here.

This would retail for around $100, so if you make it as a gift, don’t underestimate the value of your work. I’d love to know if you make a Magnetic Scrabble Board too.

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About Kristen

Kristen is a Reading Specialist who currently works with children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. She is the blogger behind Busy Kids Happy Mom, a site dedicated to fun, practical, and purposeful activities to do with your kids. Follow Kristen on Facebook, Pinterest, and subscribe for updates.


  1. What a great use for those letters. I keep hoping to find a scrabble game at a yard sale to do a fun project like this, but no luck so far. Love it! just pinned!

  2. Such a fun idea! Love it. Great job.

  3. Oh I like this. What a fab idea :)

  4. So clever! Great gift idea.



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