#MyOSHProject: Upcycled House Numbers Sign

It’s a Saturday. And as is often the case, you’re wondering what you can do to make your home a little more uniquely you. Something that will let you express yourself artistically in a single afternoon. Well, we’ve got just the project for you an upcycled house numbers sign. All it takes is some wood and screws to make a set of house/apartment numbers (or anything you like) for your home.

While you can absolutely head to your nearest hardware store and pick up everything you need for this project, this is also a great way to make use of material from past projects. Using scrap wood you may have around the home or anything you might be able to pick up in your neighborhood or at a local construction site or store (sometimes small businesses will be all too happy to get rid of pallets, for example) is a great way to make this project your own. Using different kinds of screws and nails you may have around the house can help achieve the same goal, giving your sign a unique and eclectic look. Of course, if you want to achieve a more uniform and cleaner appearance, using new material is the perfect way to do that. Either way, the steps are the same, so let’s get started.

What you’ll need for the Upcycled House Numbers Sign:

Step 1

Prepare the wood. Cut it to the desired size, if necessary. If you picked up some stain or paint, now’s the time to apply it. There are many different kinds of stain, and each will work differently on different sorts of woods. Pine stains very differently from cherry, for example. If you have extra scrap wood of the same kind you’ll be using for the project, it’s a good idea to test it out on that first. If your chosen stain is a little too light or you just want to play around with different effects, you can apply multiple coats to give your wood a darker finish.

Step 2

Once the stain is dry, take your stencils and arrange them however you’d like your finished sign to look, then trace them with pencil so you can use the outlines as a guide. With the shapes outlined, take a ruler and make regular grid-like marks for where your screws will go. This will ensure a neat and attractive final product.

Step 3

If you’re using a small piece of wood or you’re planning to have your numbers close to the edges of the wood, it’s a good idea to pre-drill the holes for the screws you’ll be using. Using thin or dry wood, or drilling screws too close to the edges can cause the wood to split. If this happens, you can use wood glue along the split and hold it together with clamps to repair it. You can prevent the wood from splitting by drilling through the board with a bit that’s a little smaller than the screws you’ll be using. Providing a pre-drilled path for the screws makes it easier for them to enter the board, and by using a drill bit with a smaller diameter, you’ll ensure that there’s still plenty of wood for the threads of the screws to bite into. TIP: Use a Drive Guide to help steady the screwdriver!

Step 4

Begin screwing in your screws. If they require a special bit, make sure to use that to prevent any issues. By following the guide lines you drew back in step 2 and sinking them all to the same depth, you’ll ensure a uniform look.


With a little bit of careful planning and a leisurely weekend afternoon, you can create an unique set of address numbers for your home. Of course, you can make any kind of sign you like, or even use different colored screws and stain to recreate some of your favorite pieces of art.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you feel inspired, and of course, share the results of your creativity on social media using #MyOSHProject so we can applaud you!