Scrabble Pendants For School Fundraising

Hi Friends!  Hope you having wonderful week so far.

Since we're heading into the back-to-school season (and fundraising time), I wanted to share a project with you that was a hit at our school last year.  

Pawprint1Supplies Needed:  

  • Scrabble Tiles (in addition to thrift stores and garage sales, ebay is a great source for these)
  • A file (you can use a nail file or if you're making a lot of tiles, it might be worth buying a metal file from the hardware store)
  • Decoupage 
  • A Foam Brush
  • Scissors
  • Diamond Glaze (Here's the deal: Diamond Glaze is non-toxic.  You can also use a resin product, which can give your a thicker, clearer coat. Resin is a toxic product that requires a mask and ventilation when applying.  Based on the crowd (kids) I was making this for, I chose Diamond Glaze.  It's not waterproof but it is non-toxic and looks great too).
  • E6000 glue
  • Jewelry Bails
  • Straight pins or Q-Tips for taking care of bubbles
  • Optional:  Stickles (Liquid Glitter), Gems, White Cardstock
  • Artwork

For your artwork, you'll want the school mascot/colors or something similar. Scrapbook paper is an option. You can also take a piece of artwork to the copy shop (make sure you're not violating any copyright laws) and have them shrink the image and create a jpg/sheet for you of the image you want to use.  (Of course some of you will be able to do this on your home computer).  The size of each image should be approximately 1 inch by 1 inch.  So you should be able to fit around eighty-eight on a piece of White Cardstock.  Print them out and you're good to go.  


Step 1:  Sand a little on the non-letter side of your Scrabble Tile.  Cut out your image, leaving some border.  


Apply Decoupage on the back of your image.  Hold the image and tile up to the window to get proper placement on the non-letter side of the tile.  Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles.  Set aside a let dry for a couple hours.


Step 2:  When it's dry, gently sand off the "border" around the tile.  Add another coat of Decoupage on top as well as on all four sides.  Let it dry.

Pawprint7Step 3:  This is the fun part.  Decorate with glitter glue and/or gems.


Step 4:  Apply Diamond Glaze.  Take your time with this.  Use a pin to poke a hole in the Diamond Glaze nozzle.  Using a steady flow of the glaze, go around the outside of the four corners first, and then continue filling in to the middle. You can gently nudge the glaze in.  Don't put too much glaze on.  If you get some bubbles don't panic.  Use a straight pin to pop them or use a Q-Tip to gently touch them and take them off.

Pawprint9Step 5:  Let your tile dry on a flat surface.  I like to leave them overnight.

Pawprint10Step 6:  Use the E-6000 glue to attach a bail to your tile.  Let it dry and you're done.

Pawprint11Notes:  As for cords/necklaces to use with these, there is a wide variety of options out there.  When I did them, the most economical option I found was a faux leather-looking plastic cord at my local craft store which was .29 cents a yard.  A standard size for a necklace (and a size that easy to trim down) is 24 inches. Some of your customers will probably be parents who want a pendant for themselves, so 24 inches is a good length.  

PendantsPricing:  This will depend on your market and your fundraising goal. Linking up to these fun parties.

Have Fun + Happy Fundraising!  BIG Hug… Malia



  1. says

    That is such a great idea! My school would really go for something like this. Unfortunately, I am the most uncrafty person on the planet…

  2. says

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  3. says

    I have been wanting to make some of these, I have most of the supplies except the bail. Have you tried using liquid arcylics? I saw someone liked that stuff better but it’s toxic and harder to work with. Also, you have to make large batches.

  4. says

    That is awesome! I love your tutorial and will be making some for my daughter for school. However, their mascot is a Falcon…hmmm..a bird footprint would look funny! Thanks for sharing at It’s Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&Fishscales!

  5. Michelle says

    I have a question! I’ve been trying to make scrabble pendants for a couple weeks, and I keep having the same problem: I put on the diamond glaze, and it looks like a perfect little “cap” over the picture. But as it dries, the middle sinks like a sad souffle. Even when I add more than I think I need, the middle is always sunken. Any ideas?

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  7. says

    Love scrabble tile projects and your necklace is gorgeous!
    I am stopping by from the Answer Is Chocolate link party where I’ve linked up too.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

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