Rustic House Number Sign

Rustic House Number Sign 23

Today it’s time for another  DIY challenge. I haven’t done one of these in a few months so I was re-energized with this one. For this month’s challenge, it was my turn to pick the item. As I mentioned in Friday’s post I picked chain. With that in mind, I created this Rustic House Number Sign.

I’ve wanted a house number sign or plaque out front for years, but I was never able to find one that was a little rustic. To make this, I used wood from an old whiskey barrel planter that fell apart last summer.

house number sign from upcycled wood

I had already upcycled the handles from that planter into door knobs. I never threw out the wood, because it was so perfectly weathered I knew I’d think of a way to use it elsewhere.

DIY House number sign from upcycled wood

Using my miter box I cut the wood pieces into 5 equal lengths. Then I cut two more pieces as backing.

diy house number sign

I placed the two extra pieces horizontally across the back and nailed them into place. Next, I used 5 nails across the top to secure each piece of wood, on the bottom I used only two to secure the ends.

After that, I moved the bottom piece up a bit because the wood was so weathered on the bottom that it was brittle. I then set my house numbers on top to get an idea of what it would look like.

How to make a house number sign with upcycled wood

At this point, I thought it needed a little something more and I remember that I had also kept the metal that originally wrapped all the way around the whiskey barrel.

I wanted to use that too, so I very carefully cut two pieces to the width of my sign. It’s a good idea to wear leather gloves when cutting this because the metal edges are sharp. I used industrial scissors to make the cuts.

Then I screwed it onto my sign using the existing screws that originally held it to the planter.

how to make a house number sign

Attaching the chain was a little more challenging. I had picked up screws with little loops on it to attach to the top. Unfortunately, I was unable to use that because it would require me to bend metal to get the chain into the loop.

Instead I ended up using staples from a staple gun. I looped the staple through the chain first.

house number sign hung with chain

And then I hammered it into the sign with a rubber mallet. This was probably the most difficult part of the whole project.

house number sign using rustic wood

Lastly, I hammered in my house numbers to the sign using the nails that the numbers came with.

rustic house number sign

Luckily I did this project a few weeks ago when I was able to get outside and take pictures. This weekend was below zero degrees here.

DIY House Number Sign

If you’d like to see more of my porch, check out my painted porch floors (they came out so good!) and my budget-friendly small front porch decorating ideas. I love to make the most of this small space!

Be sure to see what creative ideas my friends came up with using chain! As much as we’ve enjoyed this challenge each month, we have decided to no longer continue doing these. We are all ready to move on and focus on new ideas!



  1. Very cool, I love the rustic industrial feel of it, and the metal from the whiskey barrel was the perfect finishing touch! Awesome job!

  2. I love this Roxanne!! Love the industrial feel! And those rusted metal pieces for the top and bottom are perfect! Pinning 🙂

  3. This turned out so awesome, Roxanne! I love that addition of the whiskey barrel metal!

  4. I love the rustic sign! It really turned out awesome, and I love the metal touches.

  5. This is so lovely, what a great look.
    We have a fancy number which was already on our house when we bought it but I’m thinking something like this would be such a great housewarming gift idea. I’m pinning so when the time comes I will remember!

  6. I have an old planter that I was going to discard. Nope! I have a new plan for it be use of your inspiration! Thank you!

  7. Great idea1. I too have been contemplating what kind/style of house numbers would look different/unique yet cool. Your project gave me some much needed inspiration. Now i Jane to be on a wood finding mission. I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

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