DIY Craft | Family Tree Scrabble Style

DIY Craft | Family Tree Scrabble Style


For our 25th wedding anniversary my oldest daughter presented us with this family tree wall hanging. I absolutely LOVED it and wanted to share in hopes it might help spark a creative (& fairly simple) gift for a loved one in your lives!


You will need:

  • Scrabble letters to spell the names/words you choose
  • 2 pieces of contrasting scrapbook paper
  • scissors or razor blade to cut the heart
  • adhesive for the letters
  • shallow shadow box frame

She positioned the Scrabble letters until she had a layout she liked and then positioned where she wanted the heart.

This is where you can either do it the way she did (cutting the heart out with a contrasting paper underneath), or do a “floating” heart with a heart shape cut from contrasting paper, reinforced with a stiffer paper that you can then “float” with a double sided adhesive pad.

Then install in a shallow shadow box frame… you’ve got a keepsake gift that will be cherished for years to come!



  1. Jenn says

    What a fun idea. Thanks.

  2. Michelle Lee says

    I’m going to use this idea to make a gift for my best friend who is expecting a baby in November. Thanks for the inspiration! I think I’ll post on the local yard sale FB pages to see if anyone has any Scrabble letters laying around.

    • Paula Rengers says

      I think you can buy them on Etsy or check Save On Crafts. They will give you double the letters you need
      So maybe you can make two. Happy crafting!

  3. Elisabeth says

    This is definitely going on Pinterest!

  4. courtney b says

    im in love with this! my moms favorite thing in the entire world is scrabble so this would be a great gift for her… affordable too!

  5. Carrie Phelps says

    I love this, what a beautiful gift idea!! Thank you.

  6. I think this is very neat–plus I like scramble!!!!

  7. marissa lee says

    what a nice and creative ideal..thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. Jessica says

    I love this idea!! I think I’m going to give it a try. I would love if scrabble pieces came in different colors. hmm… like pink for our daughter, purple for me, blue for my hubby! Maybe I can find a way to give them some dye?? Not sure. I’ll let you know how it works out!!

  9. That is really cute,I will have to make some.Those would make wonderful gifts for family.

  10. Rosie says

    how cute! esp if you can get it to work with parents, kids, aunts, etc! looks like a fun family challenge to do together on snowy weekends!

  11. Julie Wood says

    I just love this idea of a Scrabble Family Tree! I like that I can make this with my families names! This is an awesome craft project to do! I like that it is used with scrabble board letters.

  12. Taryn Pasco says

    This is such an adorable idea! I love it!! Thank you for sharing. This is the next DIY project I will attempt.

  13. Sandy VanHoey says

    Your daughter has talent. Who would have thought this, what an awesome gift.

  14. Jean says

    I love this! I would be very happy with this if someone made it for me. I’m the crafty one in my family though, so I guess I will have to make it for myself!

  15. Jean says

    I had to come back and tell you that I pinned this project yesterday and had well over a dozen people repin it. Where did you get the Scrabble letters? Are they from an old game or can you buy them on their own?

    • Paula Rengers says

      You an get them at Save On Crafts.

  16. judy gardner says

    i LOVE this idea! we have an old scrabble game that is never used anymore, i may give this a try!

  17. Rebecca Parsons says

    This is really neat. I had a garage sale a couple weeks ago and my scrabble game didn’t sell, probably because it was missing pieces. I am so doing this now. LOVE IT!!!

  18. Michelle F. says

    such a cute idea!

  19. Sue H. says

    I LOVE this Scrabble idea! I can see my daughter doing this already. ha

  20. maryann says

    As a Scrabble and Words With Friends fan I really like this idea.

  21. gigi n jimmy borden says

    oh my goodness this is the cutest idea EVER! thanks for sharing, i will definitely be doing this!!! 🙂

  22. Alpa Ash says

    wow i love the DIY idea a must try it looks very creative and a unique idea.

  23. Cherilyn says

    What a cute idea! I love that its easy enough to have the kids help too.

  24. krista grandstaff says

    I think this is an amazing idea… and the best part is that we have 4 or 5 scrabble boards and tiles that I have been meaning to toss because of missing pieces – I was just going to combine them, but this is DEFINITELY going on my list of unique gifts for this year..!

  25. Stephen says

    That’s a great concept for the use of scrabble pieces!

  26. Christina Strapp says

    This is a really neat ideal. I will have to see if I can try this.

  27. this is something i could do with my grand-kids names–it is nice..thanks for sharing!!!

  28. Tanya Holland says

    I love it. I have old scrabble tiles and didn’t want to get rid of them.

  29. Nicole Dziedzic says

    This is a clever and fun idea, would be a great gift to give to my mom and dad. I love this!

  30. Yolanda says

    It says you need adhesive for the letters, but I’m not sure what type. I’ve been looking on Amazon and they sell epoxy stickers, but is that enough or do you still need some type of glue? I’m not very crafty, but think I should be able to handle this type of project.

  31. Laura says

    What’s the best way to stick them down?

  32. Carolyn says

    Awesome! This is one I am going to do with my grandchildren for the PowPow’s office. He will love it as much as I did when I saw it.

  33. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    This is so creative , especially for anyone who loves the game of Scrabble. I would have loved to receive one of these as a gift.

  34. katie says

    What a cute idea! I would love to make this as a gift too.

  35. Laura says

    This is so lovely! What a sweet idea!

  36. G K says

    This is such a cute idea!

  37. Tracie Cooper says

    I would love to make this for my mom for mother’s day!

  38. Elisheva Mayerhoff says

    This is such a cute idea and a great project to do together!

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