Unique Address Sign




About: I am retired and have been for 13 years. Love to fix bikes, golf, play pool, fish, bike ride, travel and build things. I have been married, to the same woman for 41yrs, have three boys, and three grandchil...

I have place in Yuma, Arizona, where I spend my winters.  When I bought the place it had a tin garden type shed. The shed is 10 X 12' which is a great size for a small shop. The problem was it was too short and I kept banging my head going in and out.  Now I can not afford to many blows to the head.  I decided to lift the shed 1'. (I will do an instructable on the shed lift later.) As a result of the shed lift, the metal sliding doors would no longer work.  I had to replace them with a single plywood door.  I thought, being in the desert, it would be a neat idea to cut out a cactus on the door, put green plexi-glass behind the cactus cut out and light it from behind at night, it does look pretty cool at night. I saved the cactus cut out. 

I know, I know, when is he going to get to the address sign.  Well here we go.  We bought a second place a couple of doors down as a rental unit.  It did not have an address sign, so here is what I did.

I took the cut out of the cactus and painted it green.  I then went to Mexico, which is about 10 minutes away and bought some ceramic number tiles.  you could also get them from most big box hardware stores.  I laid the ceramic tiles on the cactus and traced around them.  I then cut that out of the centre of the cactus.  On the back side of the cactus I screwed on a 1/4" piece of plywood as a backing for the ceramic ties.  I then glued the tiles into the hole I had cut and put clear calking around the tiles.  

In the bottom of the cactus I drilled two holes and friction fit two pieces of round steel about 8" long.   I then bought a cheap plastic plant pot and put the cactus into the pot, filled it about 3/4 full of sand to hold the cactus and covered the rest with rocks.  It turned out way better than I thought it would and have had a ton compliments on it.

You can use your imagination and use a theme that fits the area you live in.  Hope you like the idea.




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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice job! I love the design. This would make an awesome step by step instructable with pictures corresponding to each step. Let me know if you need any help and thanks again for sharing this with instructables!

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