Address Marker





Introduction: Address Marker

About: I'm an English teacher and former Instructables staff member.

Even though it seems like a foolproof way of foiling Girl Scouts and magazine subscription* salesfolk, failing to label your domicile with the proper numbers just doesn't work unless you can convince all of your neighbors to do the same. Otherwise, even a dull Brownie can tell that the house in between 80 and 84 is 82.

So you might as well jazz your house up a bit by making a sweet custom address marker. It's easier than community organizing, especially if you have some extra Loctite Power Grab on hand.

*Kids, ask your parents about magazines. They used to be a big deal.

Step 1: Gather Materials

Materials: Tools:
  • caulking gun
  • sponge
  • measuring tape
  • something flat and heavy

Step 2: Prep the Wood

Because my scrap piece of redwood was pretty good-looking to begin with, I just used a little bit of clear shellac to coat it. It brought out some of the grain and gave it a little bit of shine, not to mention some important protection from the elements.

Before shellacking, I sanded the edges to remove the milling marks and the jagged saw marks that Big Orange left behind. Then I just dipped my sponge into the shellac and brushed it along the grain of the wood. I covered the top and sides and back as well. When you've finished with those steps, lean your board against something to dry.

Step 3: Stick on the Numbers

Line up where you want your numbers to go by using a tape measure. Mark the positions of the numbers with a small pencil mark so everything goes smoothly when you glue.

The gluing part was more fun than it should have been.

Using the caulking gun, squeeze out the glue into the hollow spots on the back of your numbers. I tried to fill mine all the way up without overflowing. Good practice for future caulking jobs. When your numbers are backed with glue, stick them in place. Push down firmly to ensure that everything sticks.

Step 4: Attach to Your House

Once the glue on the numbers has cured, it's time to stick this address marker onto the house. Using some more of our glue, put a bunch on the back of the board and stick it against the wall. Remove it once then stick it back on with some pressure. (This should help spread the glue around a bit more and make it stick faster.) Hold the marker against the house for a bit longer than feels comfortable to ensure that it stays there long after you have moved.

Now invite some friends over and watch how quickly they find your home. Unless it's nighttime, in which case you should add some LEDs and a solar panel. (Future project idea: wink wink nudge nudge.)



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    12 Discussions

    Another former Pizza guy here... I can attest to the difficulty of finding numbers on many houses, and how it affects how long you wait for your pizza and everybody else who orders after you. Most of the time, you can use common sense, but other times the numbering scheme is so convoluted that it delays yours and everyone else's pizza.

    Another big issue is people who put their numbers right below their exterior lights. This blinds you from being able to see the numbers at night.

    As far as this instructable goes, screws work just as well as glue... that is what the holes are for. :)

    I delivered pizza for a while and for the most part didn't have trouble finding the houses. However I was going to 100+ houses every week and became very familiar with the streets. When I would have difficulty I would curse the homeowners and wonder what would happen if they needed an ambulance or the police and every second mattered. Smarten up people!

    i fully apreciate the need for well numberd resedences, good intention noted,
    brown wood at night looks black,
    silver and brass numbers reflect the darkness at night,
    just a little insight from a pizza delivery personnage
    numbers inside porches with no light or a outer door frame invisible,ones stuck behind hanging baskets,others in plain sight until they park their work van on the drive, then there are the fresh renovations where the minimal theme goes too far,or the scruffy ones that paint the door and numbers with a broom or something,
    white on black or visa versa is the way to go in my opinion,
    (just spotted illumination note)if only people would maintain them or flip the switch,seems they struggle with doorbell battries,(jump straght in with the repeated palm slap/bash due to sore nuckels)

    Good ible.
    If you have a traditional clapboard siding I would recommend using a cedar clapboard upside down (trim the thinner edge) and glue-screw it to the underneath clapboard.
    EMS fire and police want to know the address, this will only help them find it.


    I cut my own numbers about a foot high. Used a scroll saw, and birch plywood.

    This is good, but contrast .....more contrast .... I just did numbers on the bar I work for. The front is black sooooo...I did the numbers in red.
    Looks great and the police and new postal guy's and new customers love it.
    If you have and idea that needs a product ....tell them..... don't just do what the man say's .
    Some times all you need is a good screw :-)

    Definitely red OAK! And why not use the Loctite AND the screws? It will plug up the holes and look better.
    One suggestion beyond the above comments: Shellac is a great and venerable wood finish, but it's a terrible choice for exterior wood. I would sugest a couple coats of marine varnish, or even one of the newer water-based EXTERIOR finishes (they're not great, but better than nothing). If the shellac is preferred for its nice color, it can be applied to the raw wood first, and then covered with a coat or two of marine varnish. Shellac is compatible with most other finishes, and is often used as a barrier between other wood treatments.

    Nice work, but two questions: 1., Isn't that oak and not redwood; and 2: Why didn't you use the holes provided and screw the numbers on? I'm just asking...

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    Oops. That's definitely oak. You're both right. This was a project suggested by the folks at Loctite, so it was glue all the way. Or this is a project for the DIYer who has plenty of shellac and glue but no screwdriver.

    I second both points, and might add that ideally the numbers and wood would have more contrast, that marker as it is may not be as visible from curbside as would be ideal.

    One benefit I see to having the adhesive is it might keep water from accumulating behind the numbers, accelerating decay, though I would still screw them down, using stainless screws if the numbers are light rather than dark colored.

    Next step - lighting the number up with LEDs?

    Fire and EMS services really love having your place numbered properly too!