Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Homemade Gifts - Scrabble Magnets

Sisters Guild is more than a boutique its a place to come to for a new idea, a home of creativity and a place of discovery. When we began to build the boutique we knew we wanted to create a place of imagination and a place that will bring inspiration. Be it through discovering a place to visit, learning a little bit more about the story behind each designer we house or enjoying one of the many crafts and recipes we share in our Monday makery Sisters Guild is a boutique that believes imagination is contagious.

We're readying ourselves for Christmas and in doing so we are busy preparing a guide to gifts in which we also want to share with you some ideas in which you can create your own gifts and decorations. We've already begun with our first paper decorations and here is a great idea for a childs gift.

With quite an aversion to the usual brigthly coloured fridge magnets I decided to recycle some old scrabble tiles and create a more gentle and old fashioned version of alphabet magnets.  With two young children; the eldest busy at school with her reading and writing and the younger beginning to learn her letter sounds or rather her 'phonics' I know these will get a lot of use and they'll make a great stocking filler too. 

Making them is really very simple.
Here's what you'll need:
  • A collection of wooden scrabble tiles, we found an old scrabble game in a charity shop but the board had seen better days so I kept the tiles and threw away the board. You can probably find scrabble tiles on ebay if you don't happen to have spare scrabble tiles in a cupboard!
  • Self adhesive magnets
Here's how:
  1. Peel the self adhesive magnets off their sheet and stick firmly onto the back of each tile. You can use the blanks for games of 'guess the missing sound/letter' or write onto them explanation marks, question marks or other symbols and punctuation.
There you have it, a great gift made in minutes that will keep young minds and hands busy for hours. Handy too for putting reminders on the fridge.

This is part of our Christmas guide, helping you choose the perfect gift and creating some yourself. 

We know that sometimes the craft isn't about the final finish but having created something together and we want to encourage everyone to have a go. I am certainly a 'newbie' when it comes to making things and trust me I'll leave all baking recipes to my sister, you see the thing is my girls love it, they feed me with inspiration and I love that our home is a constant and evolving state of creating and creations.

Christmas is coming and we've been busy putting together a little inspiration to help you through. We're helping Father Christmas with his lists and guiding you though our selection of gifts and decorations.

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