How to Make Your Own House Sign

Updated February 21, 2017

It is necessary to have a house sign with clearly visible numbers so that rescue and law enforcement officers can find it easily in times of emergency. It is also helpful to your mailman, friends and family. You can save some money by making your house sign yourself. All you need are a few inexpensive supplies from a hardware store.

Sand the wood with successively finer sandpaper until it is smooth. Use 100-grit, 180-grit , and then 280-grit sandpaper. Wipe the wood clean and apply a wood stain. When the stain is dry, apply a coat of varnish with a clean brush. Wait for the varnish to dry completely.

Arrange the numbers on the plaque. Place them vertically or horizontally, depending on how you plan to hang the sign. Ensure that the numbers are evenly spaced.

Use a pencil to mark the position of each number on the plaque. Remove all but the first number.

Nail the number to the plaque. The numbers should already have holes for the nails that have been drilled by the manufacturer. Place the next number on the plaque, using the markings as a guide, and nail it to the sign. Repeat this step until all the numbers are attached to the plaque.

Select a prominent spot in front of your house for the sign. This could be on a wall close to the front door or the edge of the roof. Nail the sign to the spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood, 1 inch x 4 inch x 2.5 feet
  • 2 paint brushes, 3 inch flat
  • Table saw or hand saw
  • Sander or sand paper, 100-, 180- and 280-grit
  • Wood stain
  • Wood varnish
  • House numbers
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Tina Amo has been writing business-related content since 2006. Her articles appear on various well-known websites. Amo holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in information systems.