Part Planter + Part House Number Display = Your Weekend Project

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Cedar wood, beautiful plants, and modern house numbers come together to create this design-friendly DIY. Yes, woodworking is required, but beginners, it's totally fine to ask your local hardware store to cut the pieces for you. (Like we did!) It's a perfect way to add personality to your personal space ... and for all your neighbors to appreciate.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cedar wood, 21 ½ inches by 7 ½

    inches (2)

  • Cedar wood, 21 ½ inches by 5 inches

  • Cedar wood, 15 inches by 5 ½


  • Cedar wood, 13 inches by 5 ½


  • Cedar wood, 4 inches by 5 ½

    inches (2)

  • Wood pieces, 20 inches by 1 inch (2)

  • Power drill

  • Drill bits

  • Hammer

  • 1 ¼-inch wood nails

  • Wood glue

  • Tape

  • House numbers and hardware

  • Rubber mallet

  • Wood stain and paintbrush

  • Anchors and screws to hang on house

  • Plants

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TIP: When choosing your greenery, you can choose plants or fresh flowers, or you could even fill it with floral foam and then add faux flowers or succulents.

Step 1

Sand the cedar wood pieces that will be forward facing.

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Step 2

Build the base of the sign. Add some wood glue in between the 21 ½-inch-by-7 ½-inch pieces and the 21 ½-inch-by-5-inch cedar wood pieces. To help hold it together, you can tape the pieces while the glue dries.

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Step 3

Place the two 20-inch-by-1-inch wood pieces on the back left and right side to give support to the base. Screw the 20-inch-by-1-inch pieces in place.

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Step 4

Make drainage holes on the bottom 13-inch-by-5 ½-inch cedar wood piece.

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Step 5

Build the planter box. Add wood glue to the cedar pieces and hold together with tape while drying. You will build a rectangle-shaped box using the 15-inch-by-5 ½-inch cedar wood piece, the 13-inch-by-5 ½-inch wood piece, and two 4-inch-by-5 ½-inch wood pieces.

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Step 6

Once the wood glue has dried, hammer wood nails into the front, sides, and bottom to secure the box. You can also use a brad nailer if you have one, and add a little nail wood filler if needed.

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Step 7

Place the planter box on the left front of the base. Adhere with wood glue.

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Step 8

Tape to secure the pieces together while the glue dries.

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Step 9

Use a hammer and nails to attach the planter. Nail from the back of the base. Use multiple nails along the sides and back of planter box.

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Step 10

Now it is time to stain! Apply a decking stain to the front and sides of the base and planter. Allow to fully dry. (We used Valspar semitransparent stain in Monticello Tan.)

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Step 11

Time to add the house numbers.

Remove the numbers from the packaging. Cut out the number paper templates from the packaging and align the house numbers on the top portion of base as a guide. Tape the paper templates and then drill holes into the hole marks on each template. Remove templates and drill the enclosed screws into the drilled holes. Use a rubber mallet to secure numbers onto screws.

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Step 12

Fill the planter box with potting soil and plants!

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Step 13

Attach the planter to the front of your home. For this project, we first drilled into the mortar in between the bricks and added anchors. Then we drilled through the front edges with 2 ½-inch screws to attach to wall.

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Image Credit: Sara Albers

Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.

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