Scrabble Board Turned Accordion Album

Tonight is a special Ladies Night at Sinclair Tractor in Ottumwa, and we'll have our Stuff From Trees booth there to join in the fun! One of the new pieces we'll have to share is our upcycled accordion album created from an old Scrabble game board.

Scrabble boards are usually hard to find because people are reluctant to give them up. I always prowl thrift shops to find some good used ones, but it's one of those classic games everyone still plays.

When I do find one, I cut the board into four pieces with the band saw and smooth the cut edges with the belt sander.

Now for the inside of the album. I cut 12x12-inch card stock in half.

Each of those gets folded in half to make 6-inch squares.

Then I put them in an alternating pattern to make the accordion. I use double stick tape, but you can use whatever your favorite adhesive is.

When I have a long chain of paper pages, I attach them to the front cover only.

On the inside of the back cover, I attached a wide piece of ribbon with double stick tape. This will be the closure for the album, and it needs to run underneath the back page.

This way, when the pages are attached, the ribbon wraps them all together.

Lastly, I cut 5.75-inch squares of decorator paper to mat on each page. Now the green shows around the edges and the patterned paper copies the squares on the Scrabble board. It can be used for pictures, a journal or whatever else you have in mind.

Stuff From Trees will be at Sinclair Tractor on Madison Street in Ottumwa for Ladies Night from 5-7 p.m. tonight. We'd love to see you there!


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