Nailed! Our New House Numbers


A few months ago, I saw an awesome post from Daily Danny about artwork made with tacks.  I immediately starred it on my Google Reader and filed it in the forefront of my brain.  I needed to do this for our house numbers (well, technically, our “fence” numbers, as this is on a fence you go through to enter our apartment). A long time ago I painted the house numbers on an old tile and haphazardly tied it to the fence.  It looked terrible, and I wanted something much nicer.

I actually started this project about a month ago.  I got the “42″ done, then procrastinated.  I’m happy to say that I finished it this weekend, and I think it looks great!


The secret to getting the numbers (or letters, if that’s your bag) perfect is to find a font you like and print it out on your home printer, then tack it to the fence (or wood, or wall).


In order to get the tacks in the correct place, use needle-nose pliers and a hammer.


Then rip your paper off!  I actually had kind of a problem getting all of the paper out of my 5.  It’s going to rain this week, though–once the rain comes, the rest of the paper will disintegrate.

The 4 and the 2 actually started to rust during my procrastination phase, which looks really cool (far cooler than I expected).  I’m looking forward to seeing how it changes with time.

What do you think?


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13 Responses to Nailed! Our New House Numbers

  1. Nadine says:

    Very clever. It looks great!

  2. That’s such a cute idea! (but my fave part is the “1/2″)

  3. StefK says:

    Wow, neato!! I like it!

  4. Mom Olsher says:

    Sari: That looks great and I see your bougainvillea in the background. Wonderful.


  5. walletpuppy says:

    Awesome. I’m sure the pictures don’t do it justice because I can imagine approaching and having that voila moment of realizing they’re tacks.

  6. Jen says:

    super cute! Love it.

  7. LOVE! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE IT. It turned out so amazing!!

  8. shannon says:

    Yay! I totally love it!

  9. Huckleberry Karen says:

    Once again I am amazed. I need to find a wall now so I can hammer a bunch of nails in to it and make a number just to try it.

  10. Stinkerpants says:

    @mrs.csunsweetie: the 1/2 is my favorite part too!!!!

    @Mom: The bougainvillea says thank you.

    Thanks you guys!! walletpuppy is right–the pictures don’t really do it justice. I think it’s really cool. Whomever thought of this is a genius!

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