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DIY Herringbone Address Sign

custom house numbers

If you have been following me on social media, you’ll know that my family bought a new house! We all moved out and they decided to buy a home that’s double the size of our first family home. I’ll admit it, I’m jealous. What I would have done to get that extra bathroom as a kid… Despite being a bit jelly beans of my parents’ new living situation, I decided to stop being bitter and give them a cute housewarming gift! I partnered with my awesome friends at HANDy Paint Products to create a custom herringbone address sign for their front porch!

How To Make A Herringbone Address Sign

Before we get started, you can watch this tutorial on YouTube! Please subscribe if you like what you see!

Now, where were we…

wooden address sign

A trendy address sign can add a ton of curb appeal to any home! Even better, there are tons of options out there that can be customized to your taste. Even better, they can be made on any budget!

Ready to see how I made this address sign?

What You’ll Need:

modern house sign pinterest

HANDy Craft Cup
Miter Saw
Pin (or Brad) Nailer
Sander & Sanding Discs
Foam Brush
Safety Goggles
Speed Square
Measuring Tape

(1) 1 x 8 x 6′ Board
(2) 1 x 2 x 6′ Board
Modern House Numbers
Outdoor Wood Finish
1″ Pin (or Brad) Nails
Wood Glue
Picture Hangers

The Steps:

1. Cut your 1 x 8 board into your desired size. My parents’ home only has three numbers, so I cut mine to 16″ long.

custom address sign for house

2. Cut your 1 x 2 boards into a billion 5″ pieces (okay, maybe not a billion, but you’ll get 30+ out of your boards). I used a stop block to help make sure every piece was the same size (and to also get the job done in less than 6 hours).

how to cut wood herringbone

how to build a house address

3. Once all of your pieces are cut, sand everything down.

how to prep wood for outdoors

4. Next, prep all of your pieces for the outdoors by staining the backs, fronts, and sides of all pieces with a waterproof finish.

handy craft cup

Because I had SO MANY 5″ pieces to stain, I enlisted the help of my HANDy Craft Cup. I poured the desired amount of stain into the cup and then carried it around as I maneuvered around the herringbone pieces. The smaller size of the craft cup and the thumb-thru holder made staining insanely efficient.

handy craft cup

how to seal wood outdoors

5. Once everything was dry, it was time to prep the herringbone pattern by marking the center of the sign and then using my speed square to create two 45 degree markings at the front of the piece.

how to make herringbone

how to herringbone

6. Next, start your herringbone pattern by lining up one 5″ piece exactly along the 45 degree marking.

how to make herringbone pattern with wood

7. Continue this pattern (like so)…

how to herringbone wood

herringbone pattern diy

herringbone pattern

8. Once you are happy with the pattern, begin gluing and nailing each piece to the sign. Just fill in the blanks as you go. We will trim up the design in the next step!

how to create wooden house number wooden address sign for house

9. Once you’re done nailing everything down, go ahead and trim off the excess pieces.

how to trim wood

10. Next, use your HANDy Craft Cup to pour a small amount of the same stain you used before and do some touch up work on the exposed wood that is now showing from trimming the sign.

handy paint pail

11. Once you are happy with your base design, it’s time to add house numbers! Just follow the mounting directions that come with your numbers!

home depot house numbers how to install house numberscustomize house numbers

12. Last, attach hangers to the back of your sign!

how to hang a sign

Now, display that beautiful address sign with pride!

house numbers

custom house numbers

Seriously you guys… curb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank. Even better, when it’s handmade it comes from the heart!

Want to save this project for the day your kids move away from home and you double the size of your house like my parents did? Make sure to Pin It!

In the meantime, I hope you guys loved this project as much as my parents did! If you choose to create one of your own, please make sure to tag it to #diyhuntress to #diyhunted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

This project is sponsored by HANDy Paint Products. All product opinions and design choices are my own. For my full disclosure policy, please visit my About Me page!

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Donna Dawson

    That does look like a really classy address sign. I just bought the font style that I liked of our house numbers at the local hardware and that was it. However, customizing your house number sign is a really lovely idea. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Sam

      Thanks, Donna! Hope you do something fun with those numbers!

  • Megan

    I’m having a problem with the screw sticking out the back of the 1×8 after attaching the floating numbers. Did you have to cut yours down?

    • Sam

      Hm.. I actually didn’t. My kit came with two different types of screws… did yours?

  • Paolo Mercado

    Thank you for sharing! It took me 8 hours to finish this project from getting all the materials and setting up, but it was worth it.

  • amy

    What type of wood did you use for this project? Also, can you tell me what miter saw you have? I have a lower end model for when I was just starting out, but think I’m ready to upgrade : )

    thank you!


  • Eric

    Did you fill the nail holes, and if so, which filler did you use? The sign is beautiful; just perfect for the one I want to make. Thanks!

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