“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”

I needed wanted to replace the old faded, non-matching address numbers on our mailbox post, and after looking at several options at Home Depot and spending a day at a craft fair I came up with this:

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RAM be creepin’
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After seeing custom signs being made from old license plates and realizing that I had a bunch of plates from old cars I once owned, I had an epiphany.

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I COULD GET DO THAT FOR OUR ADDRESS.

Plus I had never seen one made for a mailbox, so I decided to make one. Then I realized I did not have ANY plates with a 0 in them. Back to the craft fair.....

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I paid a couple bucks (literally, they were $2 each) for the 4's and 0's on the left, and mated them with a pair off the wife’s old Cutlass Calais since it was easier to get all red numbers than the newer black number’d plates.

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I thought of using the yellow and black plates from the 70's and 80's, but I didn’t think it would look as nice outside our house, which is grey with red & white trim.

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Using the tin snips I cut them up, trimmed the edges, and formed them to be rounded on the tops and bottoms to contour around some old wood siding from the house I had lying around.

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Using some self tapping screws I attached them to the wood and cleaned them up

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And test fit it on the mailbox pole

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Before:

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After

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I will be staining/repainting the pole AND the faded mailbox (or replacing it with a nicer metal one) but for now I like how they turned out, and they’re nice and reflective so my house is easier to find in the dark!

Bonus!

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