House number sign DIY.

House number sign DIY project

I have the hardest time figuring out what side of the street a house is supposed to be on. I mean, is there a general rule for even or odd? I can easy get to where I am supposed to go, but then when I finally arrive, I creep along trying to figure out why I can’t find house numbers. Sometimes there are in fives, sometimes fours . . . there appears to be no rules. Is it just me?

I really appreciate a clear house number sign so that I can figure out where I’m going. Thank goodness for Man Podger David and of course, Outdoor Mod Podge – because now you make one yourself with simple materials from Home Depot. Here’s David with the tutorial.


I live in Los Angeles, I don’t have a GPS and, honestly, I get lost a lot.

I’m always driving around hunting for street numbers while trying to simultaneously keep my eyes on the road but I’m a terrible multi-tasker. I was recently wandering aisles at Home Depot (it’s what I do) and was inspired to make some house numbers that would be fun, decorative and easy to see.

I found these cool plinth block molding pieces (at the really cool price of $2.78 each), some inexpensive house numbers ($1.89 each) and a piece of scrap wood in their left-over pile near in the lumber cutting area. I added some scrapbook paper from my stash and I was all set.

Materials for Street Address


  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Plinth Molding
  • House Numbers
  • Scrap wood cut to size and painted white (not pictured)
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Brush
  • Spray Sealer (not pictured)
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bit

I cut the scrap book paper to fit the raised section on the plinth and attached it using Outdoor Mod Podge.

Measure and Cut Paper for Street Number

After about 45 minutes I went back in and sealed the paper with more Outdoor Modpodge and let it dry overnight.

Apply Outdoor ModPodge

I laid the numbers on the plinths marked and drilled pilot holes and then attached the numbers using the screws provided in the kit.

Drill Pilot Holes

Next I attached the number blocks to the scrapwood by screwing them in from the back.

For a little extra protection for the MDF plinths and the scrapwood I then sealed the entire thing with a couple of light coats of a spray on polyurethane (see note below).

I attached the whole thing to my fence (again screwing it in from the back).

Make a House Number Plaque

So now people can find my house . . . even if I can’t find theirs . . .

House number sign DIY

I live in Los Angles where rain and snow aren’t too much of a concern. My plinths are made from MDF but if I were in a more weather-prone area I would opt for the maple wood plinths which only cost $3.80 and would hold up better.

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  1. Ashley W. says

    Here in the Phoenix area, the even numbers are on the North & East sides of the street. I can only remember because “E” & “N” are in the word “even.”

  2. Lorie Liptak says

    I love this idea! I have been looking for a way to add house numbers to my landscape. Now that I know there is such a thing as outdoor mod podge, I can’t wait to make these!