Oooooh, I pity you! We bought, oh, about 80 of them to surround our little fish pond. We had previously wanted to put the pond underground, but there's no diggin' through Alabama red clay, so we got some landscaping bricks to surround it. The heaving and the toting and the transporting! Misery! Make sure you take a big ol' truck. We just barely made it home in the Ford Ranger with the ones we had to take in. But once they get in place, they look really nice.
Are the ones you're talking about the number tiles on the metal stake? I would think you could buy plain white tiles (dirt cheap), paint your house number on them, and make a wooden frame to put them in. You would have to route a groove in the frame to set the tiles in, and put a back on it so they won't fall out. Then, you could paint the frame black so it looks like wrought iron, and attach it to some kind of metal stakes, or use some of your wood to make some stakes. If you are pretty good with wood (ha ha) then this project would be pretty easy. If you're not (I'm not, but my husband is, ha ha again), you might just buy a picture frame and put the tiles inside that. I don't know how you would affix the tiles inside the frame, perhaps some kind of grout? Then you could buy some of that fancy tile border to fill in around the edges of the tiles; it's a little more expensive than the tiles, but you wouldn't need very much.
This is a cross-post of my original decoupage plate picture frame (sort of) since I got a response from someone about making one as a wedding gift. I'm offering up a picture of how my invitation plate worked out that I made for my sister-in-law last month. It's not a great picture, but you get a good idea.
Since I made her invitations for her, I just printed out one of the invites on a regular sheet of computer paper, and trimmed it to fit the middle of the plate. The edge of the plate is pink & gold scrapbook paper I found at the Dollar Tree. The back of the plate is painted pink, and then sealed with Krylon Triple-Thick Glaze (I just love that stuff). All in all, I probably have a dollar invested in the whole thing. It turned out to be a really nice addition to the cake table.
Thanks so much. I have made a couple of decoupage plates as wedding gifts. I took the invitation to my sister-in-law's wedding & put it on a plate for her just last month. Everybody thought it was so cool, and had no idea it was just paper & glue on the back of the plate. If I can find a picture of it, I'll post that as well.
I use the Krylon Triple-Thick Glaze, which dries with a nice finish. I wouldn't say that it's matte, but I used it to seal my wooden box purse, and after some use it doesn't really appear shiny anymore. I got it for $5.99 for a good sized container at Hobby Lobby. If you put 2-3 coats of the stuff on, it would protect your decoupage from most anything.
Well, I personally would not submerge it in water, as I have not tested the glaze for that sort of durability. There is some product you can use to seal decoupaged plates for regular use as food receptacles, but I don't know what it's called; I think it's sort of a secret or something. But I have used a damp cloth to dust the fronts of my plates many times, so you could probably eat a piece of cake off one, as long as you didn't get anything on the back.
I hope these pictures work for y'all as I just got them posted to my webpage on my ISP, which I hate and am convinced they are out to make my life miserable. Anyway, the first one should show & you can click the URL's for the other two & see them yourselves!
Anyway, I have made many, many a decoupaged plate, and I figured that I would try something different. When I did the plate, I left a 3 X 3 inch square blank in the center by simply taping a piece of paper in that place so I would know where to stop gluing pictures. When I finished gluing the pics (I used watered down Elmer's, you could use Mod Podge, etc.), I painted the back (except for the taped-off square) with acrylic paint. I let that dry & then coated it with Krylon Triple-Thick Glaze. I cut a piece of clear cellophane to fit the edges of the open square, and then glued it on, and glued some grosgrain ribbon around that to seal the rough edges. Then, I found a picture of a cute, cute nephew & cut it to fit, with a little extra at the top so I could easily remove it & change it out if need be.