Say good-bye to cheap plastic numbers stuck to your mailbox. This easy DIY project adds curb appeal and modern style to your home's exterior in minutes.

August 01, 2017
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Blend style and function with this DIY modern house number plaque. Guests will know they've arrived at the right house, and you'll avoid the cheap look of stick-on plastic numbers. This easy curb-appeal project takes only an hour to make (not including dry times) and requires only a handful of common materials. 

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 5 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Painting, Sanding

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Trim Board

Using a handsaw, trim the board to desired width. To find an appropriate size, you may want to lay down your metal number first and see how you want everything spaces. We cut our board so there was about 1 inch on all four sides of where the numbers were centered. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and wipe with a clean cloth.

Step 2

Attach and Seal

Using a brad nailer, attach 1x1-inch square dowels around the back perimeter of the board to add dimension, as well as a place to hang the plaque. Seal the front with wood sealant; let dry. 

Step 3

Paint Sign and Numbers

Protect the front of the sign with painters tape, then paint the edges with an accent color. Let paint dry and remove painters tape. If desired, paint the metal house numbers. We painted both the edges of the plaque and the house numbers teal. 

Step 4

Mount Numbers and Hang

Using the templates provided in the manufacturer's instructions, drill holes for the metal house numbers. Apply clear silicone in each hole, and insert the numbers. Let dry completely.

When dry, install the plaque by mounting a ledger board to the side of your house. Use lag screws to attach the board to your home's exterior, then install the plaque by driving screws through the top. You can also hang this plaque by securing D-ring hooks to the back of your plaque, driving screws into your exterior, and hanging plaque from D-ring hooks.


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