In my opinion, bails are ridiculously overpriced. I looked for them EVERYWHERE. I figured at $1 each at my local bead store was a bit much, but I was wrong. Even Oriental Trading (remember when they used to be cheaper than other places?) let me down. I finally bought some at my local craft store using a coupon so that I could finally make some of these.
A quick note about pricing. DO NOT buy scrabble tiles on Amazon. I checked out Amazon thinking I might buy some more, but they are crazy overpriced there! They want 20 dollars for 100 tiles. This is more expensive than the entire game! I saw a comment that suggested buying them directly from Hasbro. You can get replacement parts for many of their games HERE. The cost of 100 tiles on their site? $6.50!! Plus you get 4 racks and a tile pouch in case you want to craft something with those too. :) BTW- I totally am trying to think up some other crafts I can make with board game pieces. Monopoly money origami maybe?
The fun part of this project was picking out papers. I found most of the the papers I used in my Christmas/holiday stacks, but there were a few cute finds in the American Girl paper pack as well. The tutorial tip about making a template card is really helpful & makes the process of picking out papers lots of fun. I also used the template to trace out the piece I wanted on the back of the patterned paper and then glued the scrabble tile where I had drawn the outline. That helped me to line up the pictures a lot more accurately.
This was an easy project to do in stages (10 minutes here, 10 minutes there- perfect for toddler watching) but I'd definitely recommend making them in bulk. Don't expect perfection, though. As with any project, there is a bit of a learning curve. Several of my tiles have bubbles or mistakes, as you'll see. Anyway, enough talk- here are my finished scrabble tiles!
Slightly misaligned- this was before I tried the template technique
Love this one
Some mistakes- didn't get the glossy accents right on the top of the polar bear
Too bad about the bubbles on the owl. I tried to fix it, but too late. Too bad, because I love owls.