Monday, February 13, 2012

Recycled Packaging Scrabble Tile Charms

You all know how much I love to recycle various goodies and turn them into something to be loved.  Well today I wanted to share my idea on how to recycle the chipboard header cards you get on lots of embellishments.

This is what I'm talking about....these header cards are usually made from a nice weight cardstock perfect for crafting. The packaging from some spring die-cuts packaging ~ images originally 2-5" are usually small enough to fit onto a scrabble tile perfectly!

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Don't worry if your package photos are too large for scrabble tiles, they also work great for use on ATC's or Gothic Arches as well!! That's what I am going to do with these...micro-mini flashcards!!!!

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This is a perfect way not only to recycle what would other wise be trash but you can make loads of charms for pennies a piece! Think about it...buy an old Scrabble game at a garage sale for .50 cents, use recycled packaging for your main images, a bit of glue and ink and a bail or eye screw. The bail may end up being the most expensive part of the whole charm. I like eye screws for scrabble charms because it works nicely with the wood of the tiles and you can purchase a package of 100 for about $1.50 or so at Hobby Lobby....less if you hit it on a half off sale!

When using the packaging you could simply cut squares out of the chipboard and glue it on, you could trim select images and mount them on bits of pattern paper or pair the images with leftovers from special inky background paper you have made.

This photo is a selection of all three of these ideas....

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Mount these inchie type bits on the scrabble tiles with your favorite liquid glue and add any additional embellishments as desired. I cut out letters from a book page to make the words and used left-over bits of Dresden trim for a couple of the tiles.

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Sand off the edges of the paper around the tile once the glue has dried, add ink around the edges if you'd like and either a bail or eye screw for the hanger.

Note: it's a good idea to pre-drill a hole in the tile if you are using the eye screw. It could split the tile in two if you don't.

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Finally I add a layer of Glossy Accents to the tile. I do this AFTER I attach the bail/eye screw so I don't mess up the finish on the Glossy Accents.

(these haven't had their GA added yet.)

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So there you go...
a super way to recycle and make some awesome charms in the process!!

Now would you like to win one of these spring-y charms?
If so, simply post a comment here and I'll toss your name into the drawing for one of 5 charms
(I have to save one for Mom...
she'll kick my butt if I don't - lol!!)

You have until 2-21-12 to enter.

Good Luck Everyone!

49 comments:

  1. I love your Scrabble tile charms. I need to dig mine out and make something!

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  2. What a wonderful idea! Thank you!

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  3. Well aren't you the clever one? I don't have any packaging that would work but will keep the idea in my notebook for future use. Would love to win one...a better reminder to make more! thank you!

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  4. these are awesome! I love those flower ones!!

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  5. This is a great idea for the images- fun idea!

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  6. Hi Roni...oh how I have missed your creative posts while I have been away keeping hubby company while we help a dear friend whose husband died of MS just before his 60th birthday. You are super clever and these Scrabble tiles are fabulous. Happy Heart Hugs to you Dear...

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  7. always luv your charms lady! say HIYA to mom..they are pretty cute...clever idea as always! tyvm

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  8. Hi Roni -

    These are just so adorable. I love them, please include me for the drawing. I think that's its great you recycle, thank's for the awesome idea. Today I received a package from someone and it had washi tape all over it for decoration. I was able to peel of the gorgeous washi tape, put them on wax paper and now I have some free decorated tape!
    I think you are rubbing off on me - LOL!

    Elaine Allen

    P.S. Thanks for the great tutorial also.

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  10. Thanks so much for the tut and they are soooo adorable! Winning one would be awesome... :)

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  11. That is fabulous! Such a good and cute idea ... include me in the drawing :)

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  12. This is so cool! I will be looking for a scrabble game on my next garage saleing adventure!

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  13. These are just adorable! I would love to win one of them.

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  14. That is such a great idea! Now to paw through the stash!

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  15. How adorable. Were the images from packaging? Such pretty pictures. :)

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  16. These are lovely - I've got a scrabble set from a charity shop (thrift store) already, now I know what to do with it, thanks.

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  17. I look forward to your posts each day........I have yet to work with tiles or dominoes, but this sure has inspired me to look for some.

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  18. Great, Roni! I need to go garage sale-ing and quit throwing away the packaging!

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  19. Those are great! I pick Scrabble games at garage sales. Now I have another idea of what to do with them!

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  20. Great...have some old tile I was going to discard. Now I can give them new life as a charm. Thank you for the idea.

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  21. WOW... those are awesome charms Roni!! Thanks for sharing them and such a good idea to use leftover packaging. :o) Crossing my fingers I'll be one of the lucky ones to win one of these beauties!

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  22. I love this idea! I love charms! I am definitely going to try this!

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  23. These are awsome!!! Love this idea..soooo many possibilities! Now I'm going to have to save more "stuff"...lol.♥Happy Valentines Day♥

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  24. I love this idea and I think I could actually do this. I hate throwing away packaging that an be repurposed and you made some great suggestions! Thanks for the chance to win one of your tiles. Anne, yourmainestamper

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  25. Beautiful scrabble charms! Love them - THANKS FOR THE HOW-TO.

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  26. How creative!!! I am going to look through my stash of bits and pieces to see what I have that would work. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the opportunity to try to win some of these gorgeous charms!

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  27. Those are adorable! I would love to win one. I am now looking for my old scrabble game.

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  28. the scrabble charms are really great, Happy Valentine's Day and the chance to win a charms.

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  29. So cool! Thanks for sharing Roni!

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  30. Love these Roni! I recycle a LOT of packaging...but I have to say I never find packaging with images like the ones you have in your tutorial! (what are they from anyway?)

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  31. I really love these charms! You are so clever and very creative! I love following your blog.

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  32. Great way to recycle & create some lovely charms! Would love to win one of these to add to a charm bracelet I'm making. Plus it's handy for reference then too!

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  33. Love your tiles Roni! They look really fun to make too!
    DeniseB

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  34. What a great idea. I'm going to be on the look out for scrabble tiles this Summer. The bird with the nest is so sweet.

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  35. SHUT UP!!! THese are fantastic!! I really love these! I want to try and make some now. Time to go to my local thrift store and buy some scrabble games. haha!! Thanks for the neat idea. I would love to win one of yours.

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  36. Awesome idea, though I won't ravage my Scrabble game for the tiles. Will start looking for a used one that's not complete. Love the bird pendant mostest.

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  37. It's been a while since I've stopped in, WHY!? And once again I was inspired and surprised to see this great gift give away! They look stunning, and thanks for sharing your how to make secret!
    I would absolutely love to win one, thanks for the chance!
    Stop by and see what I've been up to @ http://mischievouscrafts.blogspot.com/
    I've been making some cool stuff, and am doing a monthly trade on my blog too, would LOVE it if you would check it out! ~Elysia

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  38. Simply adorable! Great idea for the next charm swap!

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  39. I love the scrabble tile charms and the recycling of the packaging to use as images. Thanks.

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  40. I love, love, love these. So cute - I'm going to start looking for used games at garage sales. :)

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  41. Great idea Roni! You are always such a clever girl!

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  42. Great ideas to recycle and make beautiful charms for pennies a piece!

    Too bad, over here in Singapore, we do not have the chance to get an old Scrabble game at a garage sale for .50 cents, neither do have we have great scale hobby stores like Hobby Lobby.

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  43. How the heck did I miss this post?!? I can kick myself right to the curb!

    In your email you asked if I'd be interested in a charm swap -- I guess this is what you are talking about? I happen to have picked up a scrabble game at the thrift store a year or so ago..... so yes, I'm up for it!!!

    I can see your mom would kick your butt if you didn't give her one! hee hee

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  44. too cute..i love the scrabble tile, know what i have made a necklace that has a scrabble pendant..

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