I don’t know what I did before Pinterest. So many fantastic ideas in one place, I finally have a motivation to get things done. I have Pinterest and Young House Love to thank for today’s post inspiration. YHL offered up a Pinterest challenge, so I thought I’d take part. What did I make? Thread house numbers, inspired by this pin. We have house numbers on our mailbox, but we’ve been told they’re hard to see. To remedy that situation in a stylish, non-traditional way, I thought a DIY thread project was in order.
To start, I painted a scrap piece of MDF and created a template in Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop, you could print large numbers and make dots with a pen to mark the nail holes.
Then, gather tons of one inch nails and pound them in. Here’s a tip: to keep the nails the same depth, use a 1/2 inch piece of scrap lumber to pound against. Here’s another tip: if you are terrible at pounding a nail in straight, try this around your husband. If he’s anything like mine, he’ll get annoyed with your
stupidity struggling and help finish pounding nails for you, at a much quicker rate, too.
Because the nails I used were white, the hammering scuffed up the surface.
With the nails in place, spray paint your MDF and nails for a crisp white look. This is what happens when your three-year old steals your camera. Apparently my spray painting is pretty interesting to Vincent and Jack.
Now, use a heavy-duty thread to wrap around. If you’re keeping this inside, plain thread would probably work. Start by cutting a long piece, tying one end to a nail and working from nail to nail in a criss-cross pattern. I waited to wrap the edges until I had filled in the center.
Once wrapped, tie the loose end around another nail. I wrapped several numbers and propped the board up to see if they showed up well. I decided to add a second layer to darken the numbers. It helped to make an even more random cross pattern to fill any gaps.
Much better. It was time to hang my masterpiece. I attached a picture hook to the back. To keep the numbers from getting damaged, I placed several 3/4 inch thick pieces around the edges while hammering. A three-inch wood screw holds tightly against the house.
I like the interest the depth adds.
The price wasn’t bad, either. We had all the supplies on hand, making this project completely free. MDF from our basement trim, white paint leftover, thick thread from Ben’s leather sewing machine and tons of nails left from the previous owners.