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DIY Magnetic Scrabble Game

The word game Scrabble has been around since 1938 when the first version was invented by architect Alfred Mosher Butts. It didn’t become a household item until 1952 when, according to legend, the president of Macy’s discovered the game while on vacation and ordered it for his store. Now, the game can be found in one out of three American homes and is even available electronically. And, with this simple tutorial, you can repurpose an old Scrabble game and make a magnetized version so you never lose a piece again!



  1. Find a metal baking sheet or piece of sheet metal roughly the same size as the board game.
  2. Use really strong glue to attach the board to the metal sheet.
  3. Glue one small neodymium disc magnet to the back of each letter tile. An English-language Scrabble game should have 100 tiles.
  4. Glue the bar magnets to the back of the tile holders. You can use one or two bar magnets per holder.
  5. Once the glue is dry you’re ready to play!

You can follow the usual rules and regulations of Scrabble with your new magnetic game. Because the pieces are magnetized, it’ll be easier than ever to play wherever you want. You can take your magnetic game on road trips or even let it sit for days without worrying about the tiles getting mixed up.

Over the years, Scrabble has become a popular and highly competitive game with official tournaments and organizations. For example, the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) hosts a National Scrabble Championship every year. This tournament consists of five days of competitive one-on-one Scrabble games and attracts about 500 players each year.

The highest Scrabble score ever occurred in 2006 during a game that broke three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America. A carpenter named Michael Cresta achieved the highest score ever of 830 during his game against Wayne Yorra, who worked at a supermarket. The two earned the most total points in a game at 1,320 and the most points on a single turn when Cresta played the word ‘quixotry’ for 365 points.

What’s your highest score in Scrabble?

Image by Camille Gévaudan