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Customized House Numbers

Any set of house numbers can tell the world where you live. These custom wooden numbers also say something about your sense of style.

House number 4521 on front of house.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Jigsaw with fine-tooth blade
  • Crafts knife or scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Metal straightedge
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Drill and bit set
  • Countersink bit for a #8 screw


  • 1"x6"x6' Top Choice treated lumber (#201719)
  • Olympic Maximum solid exterior stain, 1 gallon, White Birch

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Project Resources


Step 1

Print out your house numbers on separate sheets of paper and cut out each one. Temporarily tape them in place on your home's exterior to see if you like the style, size, and location.

Step 2

Tape the number patterns on a 1"x6"x6' board. Trace around the patterns with a pencil and -- where needed -- a ruler or straightedge. Remove the patterns and fill any gaps left by the tape.

Step 3

Using a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade, begin cutting out the numbers. On numbers 0, 4, 6, 8, and 9, drill 1/2" holes in the waste areas at the center to accept the jigsaw blade and cut away the waste. Then cut out the outlines of the numbers.

Step 4

On each number, drill two countersunk holes for the mounting screws. Drill them the same distance from the top and bottom. Sand the numbers smooth to eliminate saw marks and clean off all sanding dust with a vacuum and soft cloth.

Step 5

Apply one coat of stain or paint to the numbers and let dry. Repeat with a second coat, if necessary.

Step 6

Screw the numbers in position just enough to hold them in place while you double-check the spacing. Then drive the screws until they rest in the countersinks. Finish by adding another coat of stain or paint to the exterior face of the numbers and the screw heads.