How to Make a Rustic-Chic Nail Art Address Plaque

Greet guests in style (and ensure the mailman never gets lost) with a DIY address sign you can make for less than $20.

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Create a rustic chic address plate for your home using nails and a wood plank.

By: Cassidy Garcia

Creating a sign to show off your house numbers can seem like a daunting task. Not only does it have to be legible from the street, but it also has to match your outdoor decor. If your style is slightly rustic with touches of modern elegance (think DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018), then this DIY wood-and-nails address plaque is for you. The best part? You can snag all the materials from the hardware store for less than twenty bucks.

Rustic-Chic Address Number Plaque

Rustic-Chic Address Number Plaque

Learn how to decorate your front door with a DIY house number plaque made from nails and a wood plank, like this one found at DIY Network's Ultimate Retreat 2018.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography

What You'll Need

  • 20" x 8" cedar wood plank
  • 1/2 pint red oak stain
  • 1/2 pink cherry stain
  • printed number template
  • box of 1" x 3/8" flathead drywall nails
  • tack hammer
  • painter's tape
  • needle nose pliers
  • old rags or stain cloths
  • scissors
  • wood skewer

Stain Wood

Dip a lint-free cloth into both stain colors and rub onto the wood plank. Continue dipping and rubbing until all sides of the wood are covered. Wipe off excess stain with a dry cloth and let dry according to manufacturer instructions.

Pro tip: Don't have a saw? Most local hardware stores will cut wood to desired measurements at no extra cost.

Print + Tape House Numbers

Choose a font you love and a letter size that fits your plank. Print the address numbers in black ink on plain printer paper and cut out, leaving about an inch of white border around the edge of each number for taping. Attach printed numbers to the right-hand side of the board using painter's tape along the white borders, careful not to tape the black printed areas. Leave a space on the left-hand side to hang a small planter later.

Nail It

Using a tack hammer, tap nails into the board, following the printed template. Nails should protrude from the board about 3/4 of an inch and be placed as close together as possible without overlapping. Occasionally check your work from the side to make sure nails are the same height.

Remove Template

Peel off the tape and paper template as much as you can with your hands, then use needle nose pliers and a wood skewer to remove paper from the hard-to-reach inner spaces.

Decorate

Drill drainage holes in the bottom of a small galvanized container (we got ours at the craft store), then hang it in the empty space on the left side of the sign using a finishing nail. Fill with real or faux flowers and plants, like succulents or seasonal blooms for rustic-chic style that looks great year-round.

Tour the Front Yard

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These house numbers look great on the porch at DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018.

Natural Beauty

Greenery abounds outside DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018. A mix of stone work, grass, and landscaping create a warm welcome to this inviting home.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Mountain Modern Entry

Timber framing creates a beautiful accent to the front porch of DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018. Using natural wood against the gray exterior creates a natural contrast that echoes the area’s natural beauty.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Rustic Framing

Exposed wood and stone combine to create a naturally beautiful entry to this stunning mountain retreat.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Breath of Fresh Air

This large and inviting porch creates a comfortable welcome and reflects the relaxed and restful space inside.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Porch Sitting Traditions

A traditional wood bench with rustic natural slab tables creates a relaxing place to drink coffee or take in the view on the front porch of this outdoor living space.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Mountain Whimsy

A folk art inspired cabin reflects this mountain home’s rural locale and adds a sense of place to the entry.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Watercolor Accents

Pillows in soft watercolor tones and a traditional wood bench invite leisurely evenings spent enjoying the bucolic surroundings.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Outdoor Living

Painting the ceiling of the front porch in the same dark tone as the exterior of the home enhances the calm feeling of the space while contrasting the light tone of the decking. A blue and white patterned outdoor rug anchors the seating area and creates an outdoor living room you can enjoy year round.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Craftsman Creativity

Extending the wood framing with a custom inset accent thru the shingles and up to the roofline draws the eye upward and adds visual height to the porch.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Mountain Modern Woodwork

Inset wood detailing frames the front porch and adds a unique, custom touch to the exterior of this modern, mountain retreat.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Rustic and Elegant

Black metal framing adds a rustic and timeless feel to these porch sconces. The strong lines of the siding are echoed in the sleek and simple lights.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Lush Botanical Trio

A trio of planters to the right of the front door add life and color to the porch. The wavy, organic design of the pots adds texture and movement to the entry.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Sweet and Simple Welcome

A custom house number mounted on a wood base feels unique and personal while the metal planter full of flowers adds a simple and sweet welcome.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Rural Design

The gray exterior of this mountain retreat is a striking contrast against the exposed wood beams framing the front porch and entry. Loose gravel and stonework add natural texture the fit right in this rural retreat’s mountain location.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Round the Bend

The winding gravel drive to DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018 feels natural and matches the wooded landscape. The rock border creates an organic transition that highlights the thoughtful landscaping.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

All-Star Azaleas

Pink and white azaleas pop with color outside DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Natural Harmony

The simple lines and dark color of this home help it blend the surrounding wooded landscape.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Wooded Beauty

Exposed wood beams highlight the entry to the house and add a rustic texture to the exterior.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Lush and Landscaped

Added greenery pops against the gray exterior of the home and frames the porch with life and color.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Forest Wonder

A mixture of deciduous and evergreen plants frame the home and mirror the surrounding natural beauty.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Rocky Road

A mixture of loose gravel and stonework frames DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2018 with light and natural texture.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Architectural Match

Exposed beam work on the front porch is also found on the garage across the gravel drive. Using similar architectural elements unite the spaces and create visual connection as you approach the property.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Creative Contrast

Clean lines and exposed beams on this double car garage feel modern and timeless. The mixture of gray siding and exposed wood echoes the design found in the main home.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

Soothing Welcome

Sleek exterior lights highlight the exterior of the modern, mountain retreat. The mix of clean lines and natural textures creates an inviting preview of the design elements found inside the home.

From: Elizabeth Demos

Photo By: David A. Land

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