DIY house numbers

Part of having a garden space is also recognizing that curb appeal adds to the value of that space… in other words, you want to show off your garden stuff to the world going by! One of the greatest ways to enhance your  garden is to up the ante on the style factor for your home and garden curb appeal. Long story shorter, time to replace those outdated house numbers! We have a bunch of great tutorials on DIY house numbers for you. Making this a project instead of running down to the hardware store pays off in two ways… First you don’t spend $20 a number! Second, you get something that represents your family and it’s personality, not just some generic vinyl letters. (Ick!!!) So here are TGG’s top choices for DIY house numbers for you to try this weekend! (Our featured image above is from Curbly, and you can find the DIY tutorial here.)


We love this more contemporary frosted glass looking house number set. You can find instructions here, and it’s pretty easy! Note: You can find the Lexan (acrylic sheet) at most home improvement stores, and they will cut it for you if necessary.

DIY frosted house numbers


“Hit the nail on the head” with this easy project! Pick up a piece of wood of the right size from the scrap bin at the hardware store. Stain or paint if desired. Print out your house numbers in a bold font of the size you desire. Make sure to tape it to the house where it will be displayed, then step back and make sure it’s large enough to be seen from the street. Now tape the paper over the wood base. Starting in the center of each number and working your way out, tap nails into place within the printed number. The closer you can comfortably space the nails, the easier it will be to read. Use a needle nose pliers to hold each nail as you tap it into place. Try to get them straight! When finished, tear away the paper. This look would look great on both a more modern home, or if you are creating a more rustic feel.

Nail house numbers


My Wonderfully Made has a great tutorial for you more traditional gardeners, with these bucket house numbers. Simple and charming!

Bucket house numbers


I had to include this as a project… This image is a purchased house number set, but how hard would it be to stencil and cut out the numbers from a grass entry mat? (Which are CHEAP, btw…) Use some Gorilla Glue to adhere to a painted board, and voila! Most creative house numbers on the block! And bonus… this screams “gardener lives here.”

Grass house numbers


This house number set made from scrap wood by Kojo Designs is a perfect example of great design with a small pocketbook. Here are the instructions.

Scrap wood house numbers


Ending with a project perfect for all us gardeners… a flower pot house number tutorial by DIY Showoff.

Flower pot house numbers

 Make sure you include curb appeal in your garden design, becasue it does contribute to your garden, and your home. DIY house numbers are an easy addition to that design that you can accomplish in an afternoon. While you’re at it, dress up those front doors as well! See our post at DYSS on what a difference a door makes!

Image Credits: Curbly, Instructables, My Wonderfully Made, Houzz, Kojo Designs, DIY Showoff


  1. Mary Beth Fleming July 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

    LOVE! What is the font? It’s perfect!
    Mary Beth

    1. Kathy Woodard August 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Mary Beth! You will have to email the author of the project you are interested in to find out the font… Good luck!

  2. Sandy February 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Great ideas for short home addresses, but what about longer ones? My home address has 5 numbers….any ideas?

  3. Mimi June 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    What a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sabrina May 31, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. This inspires me to great something instead of buying numbers. I particularly love the flower pots. Thanks for the ideas.

  5. Winnie Lam January 19, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Kathy, I love the house numbers with the inserts using a grass entry mat! Where did you buy those hollow house numbers from? Thanks!

    1. Kathy Woodard January 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      I guess these were manufactured and sold for a while but I think they have been discontinued. We had to include them in the post because they were so cool. Inspiration for maybe someone to try and make themselves!

    2. Laura February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      I would use a set of number cake pans; Wilton makes them and they are sold on eBay, amazon, and Wal-Mart!

      1. Kathy Woodard February 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        Nice idea!

  6. Ellen D November 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I like your ideas! Any suggestions for single digit street numbers?

    1. Kathy Woodard November 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I think most of the ideas would work with a single digit street number. Especially the ones on a plank of wood or acrylic sheet etc.

    2. Connie Burke February 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I love seeing single digit numbers expressed with zeros in front of the number!
      ie: 001


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