How To Make A Scrabble Tile Pendant

by peachy on September 16, 2008

Scrabble Tile Pendants are charming pendants made from recycled scrabble tiles and decorative paper. They are fun and easy to make. You can see a variety of these charming pendants for sale in my Etsy shop, Peachy Pendants, (where you can also purchase A Make Your Own Scrabble Tile Pendants Kit), or you can follow the instructions below and make one of your own!

I will also be giving away a free Scrabble Tile Pendant to one lucky Craft Tutorials reader. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by Saturday, September 20th at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, September 22nd. The winner will get one free pendant of their choice from my shop.

Good luck and happy pendant making!

To begin making your own Scrabble Tile Pendant you will need the following supplies:

- Scrabble Tile (from an old game or eBay)

- Silver Plated Bail (called aanraku bail)

- Decorative Paper (scrapbooking paper)

- Diamond Glaze (craft store)

- E6000 Jewelry Adhesive (craft store)

- Scissors

- Pen or Pencil

- Paint Brush (optional)

Step 1: Select the paper you would like to use for your pendant. You could use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even a greeting card. Simply trace around one of the Scrabble tiles and cut out, making sure to cut the paper just slightly larger than the tile.

Step 2: Next spread a small drop of Diamond Glaze adhesive onto the blank side of a Scrabble tile. You can use a paint brush or just spread the glaze around with the tip of the bottle. Then place your cut out paper onto the tile. (Make sure the letter on the back isn’t upside down.) Let it dry for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 3: Once the adhesive is dry, hold the Scrabble tile so the letter faces you and the paper is on the other side. Use scissors to carefully trim the excess paper off so that the paper fits the tile exactly.

Step 4: Next, apply a generous coat of Diamond Glaze to seal the paper and give your pendant a glossy glass like shine. It’s best not to use a paint brush for this step but to just spread the glaze with the tip of the bottle. If any bubbles form just pop them with the back of your paint brush or slide them off of the tile. Now let it dry for at least 4 hours.

Step 5: Apply a few drops of E6000 Jewelry Adhesive to the silver bail and attach it to the back (letter side) of your Scrabble tile. Make sure that the bail is exactly centered.

Let the bail dry for a couple of hours and you are ready to enjoy your handmade Scrabble Tile Pendant!

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Teresa Petrino September 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I absolutely love SCRABBLE so when I came across what you do with the tiles, I was thinking how clever you are in making pendants out of them! Of course, we have tons of extra tiles in my house, but only because the spares may come in handy in case we misplace a letter or two. What a creative idea this is!!

trish September 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm

I love the pendants!! and what a great prize it makes :) I have my fingers crossed!

Michelle September 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Beautiful. Off to find some aanraku bails now! Thanks!

Sara September 16, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I have BAGS of those tiles, now I can use ‘em HA! thanks ;)

Janice September 16, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I love the pendants. What a great idea.

Oh2122 September 17, 2008 at 2:10 am

I have been trying to figure out how to get the bail on harder solid materials for the longest time.

Now I know! E6000.

I can’t wait to try this!

KZ Originals September 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Wow I always wondered how these little guys were made! way cool.

thanks again!

K September 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Those scrabble tile pendants are so cute. I would love to add one to my collection. The tutorial is great and very easy to understand.

:) Hope to win.

You can convo me at:

Aimee September 18, 2008 at 12:46 am

These are gorgeous – I’ve been admiring them for a while and have them bookmarked as a teacher idea. Thanks for sharing the tut and for the drawing!!

Diana September 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Would love to win or make one of these– thanks for the great info and the chance to win one!

Angie September 19, 2008 at 3:56 am

Thank you for posting how to make these. Now I know what my kids teacher will be getting as a Christmas gift this year. :)

Claire September 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm

These look great and would make a great gift! I’d love to win one.

Cara September 19, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Ooh those pendants are so cute! What a great idea! I have my fingers crossed as well for winning one :)

danelle September 20, 2008 at 7:02 am

What a great contest, and a great tutorial. I may have to go get the supplies I dont have and try to make some for presents =D

MamaMay September 20, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Soo cute! I am glad I found you! I am adding you to my google reader!

Shayla September 21, 2008 at 5:42 am

That’s what I was thinking…they will make great Xmas gifts ! My daughter loved all the scrabble pendants on Etsy Shop and I decided that I wanted to make one myself.
Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these with us. Lovely blog by the way!

janet September 21, 2008 at 11:14 am

thank you so much for sharing your tutorial I am new to these scrabble tile pendants but i adore them they are fab

artbyjan(at)googlemail(dot) com

sandy September 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

these are adorable- but you know I would still rather order- love the instructions but somehow someway mine look odd- well I have not done these but with alot of crafts and just don’t have that talent- come eat in my kitchen, thats where my talent is..evidence is full bellies and an overstuffed hubby

Angela September 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Great instructions! Thank you so much!

Nuts I missed the deadline by 12 hours :(

Judy September 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Wonderful idea! I will try these asap.

KZ Originals September 23, 2008 at 2:43 pm

YIPPIE! I was so thrilled to find out I had one. I picked out a really cool cherry blossom one. I can’t wait to get it in the mail!!!! Thanks again for your generosity.

NAOMI September 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm


kittyanydots September 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm

i’m too late for the contest, but thanks for the tutorial! i design images for scrabble tile pendants :)

meaghan mountford October 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I just ordered some Scrabble tile pendants from elsewhere (if I had found you first, of course…) and love them and thought, I’d like to make these for gifts. So I’ve been searching how to make them (ie what kind of glaze and glue?) and voila! Your tutorial. Thanks SO much for the info. I’ve tagged your etsy store for future purchases, as I doubt I’ll fit too much pendant-making myself in my days. (my etsy store sells cookie kits). thank you! You do great work.

nikki February 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Now, I use a inkjet printer and it bleeds with I apply sealer. If I were to get the images printed professionally (say a kodak machine or something like that) would those fade? Would they be usable? Thanks for any input!

Jennifer February 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

nikki – you can try using a spray fixative such as Krylon (available at any craft store) before applying the sealer. Also, make sure that you give the ink enough time to dry completely before applying anything (overnight is best). Certain colors like red tend to bleed more than others. Good luck!

Shalimar June 24, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I feel a new obsession forming!!

jill July 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Hi, I live in the U.K. and often look on the net for new craft idea’s. These pendant are fantastic and I will definately be having a go at making some, one problem is that the scrabble tiles in the U.K. are plastic! I will have to search the charity shops to see if I can get some of the older sets of scrabble made from wood. The tutorial is great, easy to follow and a big thank you for showing me how.

Best regards from the garden of England – Kent


susanna July 15, 2009 at 2:50 am

what a creative and cute idea!! amazing!

jill July 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm

thank you have ordered the tiles from you and looking forward to receiving them and will pass your details on to all my friends. Think you are going to get us in the U.K. making these thank you so much

best regards

Kim August 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

When do you apply the jewels that you have on the pendants in the picture? Do you put them on before applying the Diamond Glaze or after applying the Diamond Glaze and it is still wet or do you glue them on after the Diamond Glaze has dried?

Allie September 1, 2009 at 1:36 am

I saw one of these in a store for $30. Thought it was the cutest thing ever, but there was NO WAY I would spend $30 on it when I knew I could easily make it. I’ve decided these will be my 2009 Christmas gifts for my friends!! I’m thrilled I found your instructions on how to make them. Tonight I went out and bought everything I need. Now i just need to order some scrabble pieces, and i’m set to go :D ! Thank you!

Christina September 9, 2009 at 1:06 am

What a GREAT tutorial! I am going to try my hand at these and add them to my autism awareness jewelry. I would love to win one of your tiles! :)

Pamela Townsend September 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Hi, I’ve been looking for an easy craft for a group of girls to do that would be fun to make and functional enough to keep. Your beautiful scrabble tiles are perfect. Thanks so much!

Sazzy September 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I have been looking for some instructions as I want to make some for my granddaughter robotic club. There are 5 gals and 10 boys in this group so it will be easy for me to do a one of a kind tile that will fit all of them. Thanks for a great word and pictorial instrutions. Good luck on etsy. I am there too. great site.

Dawn Savoia September 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for sharing the “how to” on these wonderful scrabble pendants! I have been wanting to do something creative with my art work other than painting on canvas! Now I can create mini art! :)

Carolyn November 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Love the scrabble tile pendants! I plan to really simplify it, however, since I can see granddaughters wearing their initial – leave the tile just as it comes from the Scrabble game.

Jenni January 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I’m so glad I found this tutorial. Thank you.

I have a question, though. I live in Kansas and they don’t sell Diamond Glaze in any of the craft stores in my town. I looked online to see if I could purchase it that way but everywhere I’ve looked the shipping is more than the bottle. Is there something else I can look for that can replace the diamond glaze?


Chrissie :o) January 25, 2010 at 4:16 am

Hi! I love your pendants. I’ve been trying to learn how to make them as well. The only problem that I keep running into is that on some tiles the glaze is drying with wrinkles. Any suggestions?

Jennifer February 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm
Jennifer February 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Chrissie – if you are having a problem with wrinkles, try sealing the paper with Mod Podge first (and let it dry) before applying the Diamond Glaze.

Good luck!

Geraldine February 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hi!! I sell designs for scrabble pendant and many of my clients ask me for the best way to do the pendants. I think your post is simple awesome and next time somebody ask me about it I will refer them to your blog.

Jennifer March 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Thank you Geraldine! :)

Diane May 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm

What a great idea. It is simple and a great gift — very lively piece of jewlery and is loved by all!

demonica May 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Love the pendents!

pendant craft connection July 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm

E6000 is great stuff, and the ModPodge sealing tip has helped us out a lot :) Thanks for sharing

Kath August 21, 2010 at 6:47 am

This is such a clever idea! I love how you’ve added a bit of bling to your flower pendants – my little girl is going to LOVE making these. I think we’ll try to do a bunch for her school friends for Christmas (gotta start early!!). Thanks for the clear tutorial and inspiration!

YumYum Scrabble Pendants August 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Great scrabble pendant tutorial! I just love them when made with cute papers like that.

Newcloudy September 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Wow your pendants are beautiful, and so creative at the same time! I was looking for some ideas to make farewell gifts for my classmates, and this is really inspiring! :D

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