>> Tuesday, September 20, 2011
While searching for a birthday gift for Nudgie, I came across these at Lakeshore Learning....
I LOVED the concept, but didn't love the price ($34.95). I started searching for a cheaper version, and in the end, decided that I would make my own.
I was lucky enough to find some scrap wood at a local garage sale for free. (I'll admit that it was actually in a paint bucket that she was using as a trash can. So does that make me an official trashpicker now??) We had the paint already and the only thing I ended up buying was a bag of golf tees for $3.
My Marine graciously cut the wood down to size for me and then I pulled out my favorite power tool (my sander!) and got to work!
Once sanded and all cleaned up, I then put on a couple coats of paint. It was a nice day, so fortunately, they dried pretty quickly too!
After they were dry, I started to put the numbers on, but the stencils I had were too big. So I went online, found some numbers and printed them out. I then reduced them on my copier, cut them out with hubby's Exacto-Knife and then painted them on the boards. (I apologize because for some reason, I don't have a photo of these being painted!)
Once those were dry, I pulled out my second-favorite power tool - the drill - and drilled the holes in the board. My Marine did a great job of setting up the drill bit so that the golf tees fit perfectly. (And I only drilled completely through about 4 holes!)
And that was it!!! Now it was time to play!!
Total Cost to Make: $3
Wood - Free
Paint - Free
Stencils - Free
Golf Tees - $3
Much better than $34.95 (plus shipping!), I'd say!!!