We were looking for a way to save money on modern standoff house numbers (which can cost up to $50 per number online).
We decided to use what we already had left over after our project, a half empty box of screws!
The beauty of this project is it can be installed anywhere, by anyone and your numbers can be done in whatever font, style and color that best fits your home!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
All you need to get started is:
- a driver (handheld screwdriver works fine, but a power driver will make quicker work)
- a box of stainless steel/exterior screws (i used number 8 at 1 5/8")
- a printed set of numbers to use as a template (more on this in the next step)
- a hammer, rock or blunt object to tap the screws.
Step 2: Layout/Grid
This could be a font you like in a word processor or a fancy set of numbers you found using a google image search (or ones you drew by hand).
Once you've got your numbers, overlay them with a gird and mark at each point where the numbers and grid overlap.
I decided to use the computer and photoshop for this step, but you could just as easily draw numbers by hand and use tracing paper or a printed out grid. The idea is simply to give yourself an easy grid to transfer to the wood you plan to put the numbers onto later.
Hint: the closer you can make the spacing of your grid to the size of the heads on your screws, the tighter the pattern will be when your numbers are completed.