DIY Planter With House Number

by Dagmar Bleasdale on April 12, 2013

DIY house number planter,

Why do people make it so hard for us to find their home — where is their house number?!

How many times have you driven up and down a street because you can’t see the house number you’re looking for.

Decorated a planter with your house number is not only a solution but also decorative – adding to the overall curb appeal of your home.

I wanted to make it very obvious and easy for people to find our home by making a planter for the front door with a big, white number.

I’m a fan of repurposing and using what you have, so initially, I decided to create my own stencil out of plastic. Unfortunately, I found that the stencil would not lay flat on my round planter.

So, what does a DIY’er do in these kind of situations? You make it work!

I painted the planter by hand and it turned out just as I had hoped – a simple, stand-out number that everyone can see from the street.

Planter With House Number

You’ll need these supplies:

  • large planter (8 inches high or larger. I bought mine for $8 at HomeGoods)
  • thin cardboard or paper folder
  • Krylon Short Cuts Enamel paint or similar paint (in a color that will stand out a lot from the color of your planter)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • painter’s tape or double-stick tape
  • permanent marker
  • small paint brush
  • optional: clear spray paint to spray over the number to weatherize it

House Number Planter Tutorial:

DIY house number planter,

  1. Wash the planter with soap and warm water.
  2. Draw your house numbers on the thin cardboard to create a template – I used a manilla folder. I liked that I was able to personalize the shapes of my numbers by creating them by hand. However, you could buy a set of stencils at your local craft store.
  3. Cut out the numbers, and then tape them temporarily to the planter. Double-stick tape works best because you can trace around the whole number.  Adjust the placement of the numbers until you like their location on the planter.
  4. Trace around your numbers with a marker. I used a yellow permanent marker, but a white marker would be ideal for a darker planter like the one I chose.
  5. Paint your numbers in two coats to ensure a vibrant, stand-out color. Paint the first coat and allow it to dry completely, then paint the second coat.
  6. If your planter will be exposed to the elements quite often, spray a coat of clear paint over the number for extra protection so you can enjoy your planter for years to come.

Once the number is painted and dried, fill the planter with plants and put it next to your front door or at the end of your driveway where it will be visible the most.

Now you’re making it easy for friends and family to find your home!

What I love about this idea is that if you move, you can still use the planter as a fun piece of decoration.

Numbers are in for interior design right now, and the numbers on the planter remind me of classy Ralph Lauren polo shirt with numbers that never go out of style – so re-purpose rather than trash this lovely planter if you make a move in the coming years.

Or just turn it around to hide the number :)

DIY house number planter,

Is this planter with house number a project you would like to tackle?

Please pin this DIY if you like it.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny @ Refresh Living April 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM

This is such a great idea, and also so easy to do! Thanks for sharing!


Crystal April 10, 2016 at 11:03 AM

I love that this is practical and easy! Thanks for sharing, hope to see you back at our #HomeMattersParty


sara April 10, 2016 at 1:03 AM

This is such a cute project! What a great way to display your house numbers. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!


Dagmar Bleasdale April 10, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Thanks for coming by, Sara!


Sadie Seasongoods April 6, 2016 at 7:29 AM

What a fantastically unique idea! I’d love it if you’d link up to Talk of the Town. :)


Melissa Vera May 26, 2015 at 10:21 PM

I love this idea so much. I have something like this for my house but I use styrofoam pumpkins for my house numbers. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty this week.. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.


Laurie May 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Love this idea! Thank you for sharing with us on the Brag About It link party!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 21, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Thanks for coming by, Laurie!


Cathy May 18, 2015 at 1:35 PM

What a cute way to display your house number. Love it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


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