Whether you’re a fisherman, you have a cabin in the woods, you live near a lake, a pond, a stream, the ocean, you love the great outdoors…this is the project for you.
…and not just because of all the aforementioned items, these little fishies are cute, functional, easy to make, and most importantly…free. Using found driftwood and free pallet wood (or any other scrap wood you may have laying around the house) these little guys can be yours.
Start with a few pieces of pallet wood, about a foot (more or less) in length. Draw a fishy shape directly onto the wood.
With a handheld jigsaw or table top scroll saw, cut out your fishy shapes. Fins are optional 🙂
Paint your fish any color that would match your decor. We’re not looking for realism here.
I used stencils to add numbers but you could just as easily hand paint your numbers or screw on metal numbers (but then it wouldn’t be free).
To make it not look quite so stencily, I filled in the breaks of the 2 and 8 with black paint and a small paintbrush.
With a palm sander, the fish were then sanded.
The edges of the fish were finished off with a dark wax, and the fronts with a clear wax. The wax is painted on, then buffed off with a rag.
Holes were drilled in the tops of the fish and in the driftwood then attached with jute.
Luckily my driftwood has lots of holes, so you don’t quite notice the drill bit that broke off and sits in the hole all the way to the right.
If you like the idea but don’t need house numbers, leave the numbers off and they make great cabin decor. Could also add a child’s name for a kids room.
If you like pallet wood and fish and would like to see one other house number idea, you may like this spotted guy.
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