Craftworks: Boardgames as Arts & Crafts!
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So not that long ago I started thrifting games -- it's quickly become a bit of an obsession. Mostly what I see is trash, but occasionally I come upon a hidden gem (Niagara, I'm lookin' at you!)

I also seem to be finding lots of Scrabble games -- six now, all told, four regular, two deluxe, all complete. I'm not a big fan of the game, and everyone and their dog seems to have one...

So, I got to thinking -- maybe I should make some neat stuff out of them. I got some pin backs and turned my surplus letter tiles into nifty little Scrabble letter pins. They've been a huge hit!

At first -- before I actually made them -- I felt bad essentially destroying a game. I can't say I approve of destroying games for the sake of destroying them. This, however, feels different -- I'm making enduring things that people enjoy... especially the same people who enjoy Scrabble!

It got me thinking about what other ideas people have had -- and maybe even implemented -- regarding boardgame bits. Maybe it's collages, or beer coasters, or who knows what. I'm curious. I want to know!

We're talkin' arts and crafts here, so simply porting bits to other games isn't really what I'm talking about, while print n' play using boardgame pieces / boards technically is. So if you've got a favourite use, or a good story, please, share!

Cheers!

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1. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1505]
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As stated, I've turned Scrabble letter tiles into nifty little lapel pins. The Js, Ms, and Cs seem to be most popular, somewhat surprisingly. I suspected the Xs and Zs would go over the moon, but not so much. Still, fun craft project!
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I've been meaning to frame and hang the map for Civ for a long time. We received a copy at the store that had a damaged board (the one I have), and our distributor sent a replacement. With no use for the damaged board, it was destined for recycling... so I rescued it. I love overland maps of all sorts, so this one was definitely welcome!

I haven't found a suitable frame as of yet, but when I do it's going up on my wall for sure! (And I've never even played the game... just love the map!)
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Two Isle of Lewis knights have made their way into a wall-mounted shadow box along with some antique dice, an antique globe (non-game-related), and some old playing cards. They were extras to a game board, and nobody seemed to want them... so, they're mine now!
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I think my next project is going to be to turn Settlers tiles into laminated, reuseable coasters. Good idea? I don't know... it just popped into my head! And I figure that, even though they'll be coasters, they'll still be Settlers tiles... thus, still useable in-game!

Dual purpose! Wee!
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