How to make a simple DIY house number sign from an upcycled piece of pallet wood and aluminum numbers.
When I bought my house it didn’t have a house number sign by the front door.
I get lots of packages delivered (hello Amazon) so I definitely needed a sign out front to confirm my address!
First, I looked at custom house number signs on Etsy but was disappointed to find they would cost me at least $50 and take weeks to arrive.
So I decided to make one myself!
Here’s a short tutorial if you want to make a rustic DIY address sign like mine.
I made it for around $10 in less than 20 minutes, so it’s a quick and cheap solution if you’re looking for DIY house number sign ideas.
DIY House Number Sign Materials & Tools
Here’s what you’ll need to make a DIY address sign.
- aluminum or plastic numbers (I bought these numbers from Home Depot)
- a piece of upcycled wood (I cut mine from a pallet)
- picture hanging hardware (I had some leftover from another project)
- string or wire for hanging
- nail or screw to put into the house from which to hang it
Next, here are the tools you’ll need:
- saw (if you don’t already have a piece of wood the correct size)
- drill (if you need to put a screw into the house)
There was an existing screw in the side of my house I could hang the sign on, so that eliminated some tools and materials for me.
How To Make A DIY Address Sign
I had some old wooden pallets lying around that I decided to repurpose for my sign.
I used my handheld circular saw to cut a piece right from the middle of the pallet without having to take it apart!
Taking a pallet apart is not fun, so it was great to avoid this step and get a piece that would work for my sign.
The height of the piece of pallet wood was already about 6 inches, which was perfect for my sign.
I cut the length to 14 inches which was perfect for the spacing of my house numbers.
I used a bit of sandpaper to smooth out the edges after I cut it.
If you want a more polished look, you could also finish the wood with stain or paint it.
If you don’t have access to pallet wood, you can also buy a piece of wood at Home Depot and they will cut it to size for you!
This 1 in. x 6 in. Poplar Board would work perfectly for this project.
They will cut the length for you and you’ll just pay for what you want, which will definitely be less than $10.
The next step was to align my numbers and attach them to the board with the included nails.
I just eyeballed mine but if you like to be more precise you can measure of course!
Next I needed some way to hang my DIY house number sign on the house.
I had these small D-ring hangers in my toolkit from a picture-hanging project so I didn’t have to run out and buy them.
But if you don’t have them you can buy some from Home Depot for just a few bucks.
I found that if I attached the hangers to the top of the sign it hung funny and you could see the wire above the sign.
So I recommend attaching the hangers closer to the middle of the sign as I show in the picture above.
I used jewelry wire to hang the sign since I didn’t have picture hanging wire, so use anything you have hanging around the house (pun intended).
Hanging Your DIY Address Number Sign
The previous owner of my house had a basket hanging by the front door, so I was able to reuse the screw from that for my sign.
But if you need to put up your own screw, don’t be intimated.
It’s easy to drill into brick with a masonry drill bit like this one.
It will only set you back a dollar and you’ll be surprised at how much you can use it.
Then you’ll be ready to hang your DIY house number sign!
I hope this tutorial was helpful. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions!
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