I made this advent calendar last year, so I do not have in-progress pictures. Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it. This project can be made with letters from 1 scrabble game. I had some tiles that were burgundy on one side. I used those to give an antique feel. You could create the same effect by painting the back of your tiles before beginning this project. I would do one thing different if I were to do this project again. I would place the “Merry” line over a space or forgo placing the tiles within the squares on the board completely. I like things to be symmetrical, so this bothers me a bit. It is still cute as is however, so I try to get over my OCD.
- Drill a small hole (front to back) through each scrabble tile. Come in far enough that they won’t split the tile, but don’t go over the letter.
- Print out the numbers on printable labels and then cut them into shape with a circle punch. Stick them on the back of the tiles. Make sure you have them in order! I used a blank tile for the top and used a star sticker. The bottom three tiles are just glued directly onto the board.
- Use a small bit to drill holes for the brads to go through. For each tile: run a string through the hole of the tile and then put the ends through the hole in the board with a small brad. Tie the strings to the same length and open the ends of the brads to keep them in place. I added a piece of tape on the ends of the strings as an extra precaution.
All done! I seem to be making myself a new advent calendar each year, so maybe I’ll get next years posted sooner!
Have a Merry Christmas!!