A Quick House Pick-Me-Up

When people knock at your door and ask you what number you live at, and they’re not even looking for you, it’s time to think that this:



Isn’t helpful.

When people knock at other people’s doors looking for you, and you are number 4, it is indeed proof that you need to do something.

Having had a quick browse around potential door number plaques, feeling enormously fussy that there wasn’t a single one I liked, I decided that the best way to fix the problem was to make one myself.

Here is how, in one afternoon (which was a shorter spend than how long I can dribble my time away online), I made my own and tidied up the front of my house.

You will need:

1 suitably sized rock. Thankfully our family name is short, so I didn’t have to lug a boulder around. It’s going to be easier if you have at least one smooth surface.

A printer

Black acrylic paint + fine brushes

A pencil

Step 1

First of all, choose a font you like.  I chose Birmingham Titling.

Choose a suitable size and type into Word what you want your rock to say.  I kept it simple, just a house number and our family name.

Print it off.

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Step 2

Shade over the reverse with a pencil…this may well take you back to tracing at school and you’ll have a nostalgic moment (or maybe that’s just me…?).

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Step 3

Turn the paper on to your rock – you may need to snip it to make it easier.  Then transfer the lettering using your pencil, writing over the letters.

Step 4

I used some very bog-standard black acrylic paint to paint over the letters.  You need a steady hand, but you don’t need to worry about it being perfect – that’s part of the charm 🙂

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Step 5

Display outside.

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I made this two summers ago.  I did consider at first that maybe I should varnish it, or coat it in something waterproof, but it has survived two winters (and last winter was WIIILLD up here) and two summers, so I’m pretty pleased.  This is what it looks like today.


Helen x



  1. Joyce reid says:

    I noticed the stone with number four on it the first time I called on you.


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