I recently decided to change the mudroom coat rack/ frame. I was ready for it to say something besides “Home” and Something more like: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Totally original, I know, but numbers are so classic and timeless.
I mean, they’ve been around forever. 😉
I really didn’t want to spend any money on the project, so I grabbed a couple of pieces of left over cardboard and got to work.
Here’s how I made them:
First, I opened a Word document, picked a font, chose my number size and printed them on heavy card stock. I cut the numbers out and placed them on the cardboard.
Then I traced each number on the cardboard.
I grabbed a sharp pair of scissors and started cutting out each number.
Note: to cut out the middle part of number 4, I used a razor blade. Worked like a charm. The scissors worked for everything else, but they need to be sharp!
The numbers will lay flat once they are painted…
With all the numbers cut out, I starting painting the face of them with acrylic black paint.
I waited for it to dry, then painted the sides of each number.
Painting the sides is very important. If you don’t, you will absolutely be able to tell the numbers are made from cardboard. If they are painted, you can’t tell they’re not expensive letters from a home improvement store…
I love the way the black numbers look against the burlap… and a couple dabs of hot glue secures them in place.
(It’s totally weird that the 5 looks offset… I used a tape measure and each number is equally spaced on each side… Must be the angle.)
And they just happen to pull everything else together too… which I’ll show you a bit later… I know, I know…
I am totally digging how EASY these were to make, and how big of an impact they had on the room.
Plus, they’re free. AND you can pick your own font! Double bonus!
I can’t wait to show you more of our mudroom… it’s come such a long way.
P.S. You can see the cardboard “Home” version here.
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