Scrabble Tile Pendants – Frugal Hobby

Instructions can be found, here.

My daughter has eczema. Mainly due to a Nickel allergy found in the buttons of blue jeans (and she is jeans and tshirt kind of gal). But, it also flares in intermittently during the summer months and the winter months (dry skin months?). I feel sorry that she is plagued with this condition. I hope that she will grow out of it. So what does this have to do with Scrabble pendants as a New Hobby?

She can’t wear necklaces. If a necklace contains any trace of nickel then she breaks out in a very itchy rash. The necklaces usually have to be sterling silver or gold. A nine-year-old with that type of jewelry on? Uh, no. LOL. And she love to wear jewelry. What little girls doesn’t love to wear it? So, I had to come up with an cheaper alternative. Tada! I found one!


My daughter and I love playing Scrabble! I once scored a 150 pointer on the game! Oh ya, this isn’t about me. *chuckle* But, the two of us like to play it on my phone when we are sittin’ around in the car. She’s pretty good at. It’s a great way to teach kids how to spell and how to use their brains in complex thinking. So, of course, this hobby caught my fancy.

Scrabble tiles: $6.50
Tacky & Super Glue: $6.50
Aanruaku Bails: $10.00*
JudiKins DG3 Art Gel Glaze Water Based Adhesive (4 Ounce): $10.00
Scrapbook Sheets: $0.50 – $1.00 ea

Total Approx. $35
Tiles you can make: 100
Price per pendant: $0.35 ea.

*These bails do not contain nickel

Of course that doesn’t account for your time or creativity. But let me tell you… THEY ARE SO SIMPLE AND FUN TO MAKE! And that Art Gel is really neat to work with! I am having fun rediscovering my creative capabilities.

Instructions can be found, here.

The Bird was my first one to make, the irregular-shaped funny skull my second. Now the daughter and I are off to find small peace signs and flowers to adorn with shiny rhinestones!

Do you have a frugal fun hobby that you partake in? Share, share… please do!

11 thoughts on “Scrabble Tile Pendants – Frugal Hobby

  1. dinah

    I love those tile necklaces. you should think of selling them on etsy!

    my frugal hobby is unraveling sweaters. i love buying sweaters from used stores and then unraveling them. it’s an inexpensive way to get your hands on more expensive yarns.

    thanks for the comments on my blog. i like the looks of the new place.

  2. admin

    @ dinah: Thanks! I may just think about that along the way.

    I never thought about unraveling sweaters for their yarn, but I really think that is a cook idea. There are so many second hand sweaters in the world that could great benefit from this frugal idea!

    And it took me alot of indecisiveness to get this look. LOL. Thanks for updating you feed. πŸ™‚ And again, have a blast camping (jealous I am).

    @ Over the Cubicle Wall: Its hard when you 9 year old is catching up to you in strategy play. LOL. Thanks.

  3. Saver Queen

    Wow, that is such a great idea! I love it! They are really cute.

    Another idea would be to make your own beaded jewelry – I’ve done it before using that elastic string, which works great.

  4. Rosie

    Hi there, thanks for your comments on my blog – I love your necklaces – my niece suffers from the same problem and is allergic to both nickel and lanolin!

  5. Money Funk

    @ Saver Queen: Thanks! I just ordered some more prints and supplies… can’t wait to make more. πŸ™‚

    @ Rosie: I feel sorry for people who have eczema… And nickel is contained in so many products. And as for your blog… you produce some beautiful pictures that give me a momentary vacation. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer

    I love Scrabble pendants! I actually wrote the tutorial that you linked to. πŸ™‚

    And I sell my pendants in my Etsy shop. I love it! And I’ve earned some nice extra money that has helped us on our way to Financial Peace!

  7. Jerry

    I like cubicle’s idea for a pendant with a regular Scrabble tile on it! You could clear-lacquer it to make it more durable, and everything. I think this is a great idea that could lead to something. If they were even smaller you could do a charm bracelet with Scrabble letters to spell out someone’s name, etc. Hmmm… could be insurance for a side business?

  8. shtinkykat

    I’m impressed that you didn’t use your daughter’s allergy as a reason to give her expensive jewelry! Those Scrabble pendants are ADORABLE! And the fact that you can personalize them are great.

  9. admin

    @ Jennifer: Tis you are right! I didn’t even relize that. thanks for the tutorial. I am thinking of selling on Etsy, too. But all mine are vintage and/or Halloween. I just ordered a 1-inch x 1-inch paper punch and some collage sheets. Can’t wait until they arrive!

    @ Jerry: maybe generate some extra income??? I’m am all for it! Like you ‘insurance’ clause on it. LOL.

    @ shtinkykat: Thanks. And my daughter likes to sneak my diamond earrings from my box. So, she does like the expensive stuff, too. LOL.

  10. RML

    These are really cute! I think its lovely you found a way to still allow your daughter to wear jewelry and be creative as well!

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