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Giant Scrabble Board

Good afternoon! This will be a bit out-of-the-blue, but I am making a giant scrabble board for an event on my campus (I work at the school newspaper at a university in Vancouver, BC), and turned to google for some ideas on how to get started. One of the images came from your website, and I thought I'd ask for some general information on how it was made! Many of the other ones I saw online we made with wood, and ingenious carpentry skills - two things which I do not have! Yours looks almost exactly like what I'm hoping to make. Any information or tips you can send along would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time, Freya Promotions Coordinator


Brad B.
Tue, 2013-07-16 09:19

Thanks for inquiring about our scrabble board!

We made our giant board out of 8 pieces of construction paper which we laminated and then taped together (only so much could fit through our laminator at one time). The double word scores, etc., were made with colored paper, and the grid lines were made with thin black duct tape. We printed the letters on paper with a fake wood grain background (found in MS Publisher) and then glued them to cardboard squares to give them the 'look' of wooden tiles.

Our board itself is a little over 10 x 10 feet (perhaps closer to 11 x 11), and our letters are roughly 8x7 inches. We looked at the proportions of a regular scrabble board and then fudged it a little to fit our needs. If you want to make this it’ll all depend on what size paper you have, what size grid lines you will be using (this is more of a factor than you think!), and how you are going to do your laminating.

I should also add to that that a laminated board works best if you are playing on a harder surface (in other words, carpet that isn't too squishy) since people will need to walk on top of the board.

The most difficult part is drawing out the straight lines and making stands. Our stands are also made out of cardboard (covered with black duct tape). They are basically a triangle wedge with a lip (another, smaller triangle) at the bottom to hold the letters up. We used some cardboard bracing underneath and a lot of tape to hold it all together.

Thanks for your question! And, good luck making your own scrabble board. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.