Have you ever gone to a party at a house you haven’t been to before and driven slowly up and down the street squinting at all the front porches trying to spot the right house numbers? I always appreciate visible house numbers in situations like that, but I figured there must be a better way to display your address than the standard format. I came up with this house address DIY and tried it out on our studio space. Now we have the cutest address on the block (at least in my opinion…)! Ready to add a little personality and fun to your front porch?
-house numbers (I used these)
-faux grass (I bought mine at Michael’s but this is similar)
-3/4″ wood* (you can also use a shadow box display case of the right size instead of making your own box)
-2 1/2″ wood screws
*Like I mention in the supply list, you don’t have to make your own box from scratch for this project. A shadow box with the glass removed will also work, but I’ve been practicing my woodworking skills, so I wanted to make the box myself too.
If you are also into making the box yourself (yay!), you’ll want to cut your wood into the dimensions above to create the back panel and sides of the box. These dimensions worked perfectly for the size of my house numbers, but you’ll want to adjust the size of box you make (or shadow display case that you buy) to fit the numbers you want to use.
Once your wood is cut, put some wood glue on the bottom inside edge of each of the side panels, place them up against the appropriate side of the back panel, and nail into place (either with a nail gun or with a hammer once the glue is dry).
Once your box is put together, fill the nail holes with wood filler. Sand flat when the filler is dry. Now you can paint your box your desired color. I would suggest using an exterior paint since this is an outdoor project, but if your house numbers will be under a deep porch like ours are, you could probably get away with interior paint instead. If you bought a shadow display case, remove the glass and paint the frame at this point if you want to.
Arrange the house numbers on top of the grass and drill screws into the box that correspond with the holes on the back of the numbers. You want to use screws that are long enough to be just a bit shorter than the height of your grass when screwed in so that the numbers will look like they are nestled into the grass when you hang them on the screws.
Once your numbers are in place, you can either place hangers on the back of your box and hang the house number sign using vinyl siding clips (or use brick clips on a brick house), or you can place screws directly through the box into the siding. We had several holes in our spot already from an old mailbox that used to hang there, so we figured we may as well add two more since they would all get covered up by the sign anyway.
If eyes are the “window to the soul” of the face, then front porches are something equivalent to that for the rest of the house. Porches really show the personality of those inside, and I think these house numbers are the perfect compliment to our bright teal door. They let the outside world know that this is a fun house on the outside and inside too. Think you’ll spruce up your home numbers as well? xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.