DIY House Number Planter

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Image via Dagmar Bleasdale

How often do you drive to a new address and you make it to the right street, but then you can't find the house because you can't spot one house number on the whole block to get an idea which house it is? I bet I'm not the only one that happens to. Well, I have created something that is not only a solution, but it is 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 huge number in a bright white hue and a stand out font.This was a project of trial and error, as some projects can be. I am a fan of repurposing and using what you have, so initially, I decided to create my own stencil out of plastic. Unfortunately, this was not as successfuly as I thought it might be in helping me reach my goal of the perfectly painted housed number. 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? They 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. 

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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 remember to re-purpose rather than trash this lovely planter if you make a move in the coming years. 

You'll need these supplies:

  • large planter (8 inches high or larger, but that's a size you can still have on your lap when you are painting it. I bought mine for $8 at Home Goods)
  • 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:

               

  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, if you're not a fan of your font creations, pick up a set of stencils at your local craft store to trace onto your thin cardboard. 
  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 cardboard template numbers with a marker. I used a yellow permanent marker which worked out, but a white marker would be the ideal choice for a darker planter like the one I chose.
  5. Paint your numbers in two coats to ensure a vibrant, stand-out white or another hue of choice.  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 due to lack of covering (think rain, sun, snow), consider spraying a coat of clear paint over the number for extra protection, so you will be able to enjoy your planter for years to come.

Once the number is painted and dried, your final addition is to fill the planter with plants and put it next to your front door or at the end of your driveway. The decision of placement should be based on how it will be the most visible. As for the plant you choose, consider where the planter will ‘live' most of the time and choose a plant that thrives in those conditions. Consider whether the area is shaded, in full sun, near other trees where there are pests and so-on. 

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Which colors would you use for your planter? Is this a project you would like to tackle? Let me know in a comment!

 

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DIY House Number Planter

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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