DIY Custom Scrabble Tile Zipper Pull

Adding customized elements to my kids’ backpacks always proved to be an ice-breaker when they were getting to know their new classmates. This one was one of my sons’ favorites; they kept them on their backpacks all year long last year. Not only does it one spell out their name, but incorporates a hot topic my kids love: games!  The process of making this Scrabble tile zipper pull is easy enough that my kids made their own in an afternoon. Here’s how:



  • Scrabble tiles
  • Popsicle stick
  • Binder clips
  • Glue on bail
  • Lanyard clip
  • E6000 glue (or other heavy duty glue)



Step 1:  Begin by measuring and trimming the popsicle stick so all the tiles will fit.  


Step 2:  Add an ample bead of glue to the stick.


Step 3:  Arrange the tiles so they are straight and spread across the stick evenly, leaving enough room at the top for the bail.


Step 4:  Carefully clamp the binder clips to the tiles and let set for 2 hours.


Step 5: Apply the bail to the back of the using the glue.


Step 6:  Clamp the binder clip and let set for another 2 hours.

2-8Step 7:  Attach the lanyard clip to the bail, and clip it on your backpack.