My husband Jason and I bought our home in 2013 and we just now got around to hanging an address sign by our front door. It only took four years. 😉
I have wanted to hang an address sign for awhile now because the address numbers on our mailbox are tough to see. I really need to do a complete makeover to my mailbox area, and the number upgrade will happen then, but it’ll be a more lengthy project so I’ll need to plan some time for that.
In the meantime, I am glad I hung this sweet little DIY address plaque by our front door. Not only does it help guests and mailmen navigate better, but it also looks nice. I think the plaque’s wood tone will also be beautiful as an accent to my upcoming fall displays. I am obsessed with fall, and I have already started planning my fall displays with these super cute decor items.
After making this DIY address sign, I wondered why I didn’t make it sooner. It was so easy to make, and I only spent $5. How did I do it for so cheap? I bought the $7.99 address plaque from Michael’s with a 40% off coupon. I didn’t need any other supplies because I had everything else in my home project stockpile. If you do DIY projects fairly often, you probably have most of the items needed for this project already, too!
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A DIY ADDRESS SIGN THAT YOUR HOUSE GUESTS WILL LOVE:
1. GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
For this project, you’ll need:
- Black paint
- Small paint brush
- Paint brush
- Sand paper
- Screwdriver (just to open the paint and polyurethane can)
- Something to mount it/hang it on your house (I used a picture hanger back and screw)
2. PREPARE YOUR PLAQUE BY SANDING IT
It just needs a light sand to smooth out any rough edges.
3. PRINT OUT ADDRESS SIGN NUMBERS
I am super frugal and I wasn’t going to go out an buy stencils just to paint numbers on my sign. I don’t think I will need to use stencil numbers anytime soon, so I didn’t think they’d be a good investment. Not to mention, I would have to find exactly the right size stencils for my plaque which I knew would be challenging.
Instead, I used things I already had to make the numbers. I decided to print out my numbers and make stencils from those. I used Calibri font for my numbers, and sized each one 350.
4. CUT OUT THE NUMBERS & TRACE THEM ONTO THE PLAQUE
You can clearly tell that my cutting skills are not the greatest. Don’t look too closely at the “6.” 😉
It doesn’t matter too much though. As long as you’re pretty close to cutting out the number, you’ll be fine. You can correct any inconsistencies while tracing or painting, or both.
After you have each number spaced out the way you want it, trace it onto the plaque with a pencil.
5. PAINT YOUR NUMBERS
This project does require some hand painting. If you’re not the best painter, make sure to go slow. It can be challenging to keep inside the lines and you don’t want to mess up! Fortunately, there aren’t many numbers on an address sign so you should get through it relatively quickly.
5. LET DRY, THEN APPLY POLYURETHANE
Polyurethane is my best friend. It makes everything beautiful. Simply apply one coat of polyurethane with a paint brush.
6. LET DRY, THEN INSTALL MOUNTING HARDWARE
I had some of those cheap picture hanger backs lying around, so I hammered one in on the back.
7. HANG & ENJOY
And here she is in all her prettiness.
I love the way it turned out. So simple, pretty, and necessary!
My husband later asked if I could paint the wood plaque white. He loves everything to match 100% and our trim and door are obviously white and black, so I get it. But I like to mix things up and have different elements, and fortunately he still likes this version, too.
To that point, you can definitely modify this tutorial in so many ways. You could stain the plaque before painting it to give it a different wood tone. Or you could paint it a solid color and then paint on the numbers. There are so many variations, so go with what works for you and your home!
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