DIY Herringbone Address Sign
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…
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:
HANDy Craft Cup
Pin (or Brad) Nailer
Sander & Sanding Discs
(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
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.
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).
3. Once all of your pieces are cut, sand everything down.
4. Next, prep all of your pieces for the outdoors by staining the backs, fronts, and sides of all pieces with a waterproof finish.
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.
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.
6. Next, start your herringbone pattern by lining up one 5″ piece exactly along the 45 degree marking.
7. Continue this pattern (like so)…
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!
9. Once you’re done nailing everything down, go ahead and trim off the excess pieces.
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.
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!
12. Last, attach hangers to the back of your sign!
Now, display that beautiful address sign with pride!
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!
Donna Dawson5 years ago
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!
Sam5 years ago AUTHOR
Thanks, Donna! Hope you do something fun with those numbers!
Megan4 years ago
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?
Sam4 years ago AUTHOR
Hm.. I actually didn’t. My kit came with two different types of screws… did yours?
Paolo Mercado2 years ago
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.
amy2 years ago
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 : )
Eric1 year ago
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!