House Marker DIY
As a former paperboy, I know the annoyance caused by a poorly marked home. I distinctly remember wandering my neighborhood in the cold morning air with a flashlight, desperately searching for a house with small or non-existent numberings. Though available nearly everywhere, finding a number plate that fits both budget and home décor can be a challenge, and was certainly so when I first moved into my own home. Unsatisfied with the options available, I took to crafting my own house marker, ensuring that factors such as eco-friendliness, sustainability of materials, and expression of personal style were considered.
Before beginning your DIY house marker project, you must determine what materials you wish to use in its creation. Since I wanted the design of the plaque to match the décor of my home and to use eco-friendly materials, I chose to use refurbished pieces of scrap wood as the backing to my house numbers. Further, the numbers themselves are made of brass and are upcycled from an old art piece I purchased at a garage sale years ago. What you choose to use is a reflection of you and your personal taste. I used natural wood, but nearly any material can work, so get messy and creative!
Step 1 - Find Your Backing
As mentioned, pieces of scrap wood left from another carpentry project were chosen to display the house numbers pictured. To achieve a similar look, cut three wood pieces, two that measure 9 in x 9 in, and one that’s 8 in x 9 in. After staining to a desired color, lay the pieces on a flat surface with the smallest in the middle. Be mindful of the direction of the grain and knots present. The above house marker was meant to look rough and natural, so the flaws and details were accentuated, though other styles may require a more careful arrangement and wood selection.
Step 2 - Stick Together
For this wooden house marker, an additional single wooden piece measuring 4 x 26 (or the height of your three boards together) was cut and glued to the back of each using a wood adhesive. After allowing the pieces to dry, (applied pressure for 25 minutes and given 24 hours for the glue to fully harden) the three cut scrap pieces were securely backed as one. This method works better than other ways (such as diagonally nailing wood pieces to each other), as it will aid in the later hanging of the house marker itself.
Step 3 - Add the Numbers
For this piece, I upcycled antique brass numbers that came from an old garage sale find to create the address figures. Without them, many crafters use stencils to paint on information with acrylic paints, or even purchase the numbers themselves from craft and home stores. These too can be carefully nailed or glued in place.
Step 4 - Add Embellishments
It's a common thing when creating a wood project such as this to add additional embellishments for further personalization. Because a natural look is being achieved and due to the character and imperfections already present in the wood, added detail wasn’t needed for this address plaque. Butterflies, flowers, fishing lines, paw prints, and other accessories of all kinds can be added and, again, wood glues and nails are traditionally the best options for getting such things to stick.