I don't mind dishing out $20 or so for a brand new game of scrabble. I've done it on more than one occasion throughout my life. One for home, one for the road...
A friend is visiting for a couple days and Scrabble is one of the games we both like, but we needed a board.
We headed over to the local supermarket and checked out the prices - 450 dirhams - about sixty Canadian dollars, for a game. I've never spent that much on a board game in my life. In Canada, if I searched around, I could probably find it for a quarter that price.
So I decided to improvise. Similar to the guys playing draughts with bottle caps on a painted piece of cardboard, I made my own. It was certainly better than dishing out a weeks salary for the typical Moroccan and cursing every time I opened the box.
Step one: Find the image of a scrabble board on the internet.
Step two: Increase it to a good size so it prints half on one page, half on another - print it.
Step Three: Cut it up and glue it to a folding piece of cardboard.
Step Four: Find images of letters on the internet. Print them so they are the same size as the squares on the scrabble board. Cut them out.
Step five: Cut out pieces of cardboard to the same size as the letters, in my case, 1.5 centimetres.
Step six: Glue the letters onto the cardboard pieces.
Step seven: Put scotch tape over the glued piece so they aren't all sticky.
And there you have it. Your own Scrabble board! Happy Scrabbling.