How to Make a Modern House Numbers Plaque

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.

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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. 

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What You Need

  • Handsaw
  • 1x8 cedar board
  • Sandpaper
  • Brad nailer
  • 1x1 square dowels
  • Wood sealant
  • Painters tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Metal house numbers
  • Clear silicone
  • Ledger board
  • Screws

Step 1: Trim Board

Using a handsaw, trim the board to desired width. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Editor's Tip: We cut our board so there was about 1 inch on all four sides of where the numbers were centered.

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. If desired, paint the metal house numbers. We painted both the edges of the plaque and the house numbers teal. 

Step 4: Mount Numbers

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.

Step 5: Attach to House

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. 

Editor's Tip: 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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