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Monogrammed Numbers

Numbers can add order when used in the home and lend a sense of occasion to parties. Try these ideas for using monogrammed numbers in a variety of ways.


Use monogrammed numbers to customize your next anniversary or birthday celebration.

Just as letters can customize your crafts, monogrammed numbers can personalize your projects, too.
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Come to Light

Martha Stewart Living, January 2007

Here's an illuminating way to point guests to the party: Put your house number in lights. Download our number templates, print, and cut out. Trace each digit onto the side of a cardboard gift box. Using a craft knife, cut out numbers. Tape vellum to interior of cut sides. Set boxes outside, placing a battery-operated push light inside each to illuminate the digits.

Comments (2)

  • sjbpropertyofnsync 26 Jun, 2008

    "Puzzy", to made permanent you could use tin coffee cans! Cut the bottoms/tops out, cut out the numbers you want on them, stack them up, you can glue them together, then paint it. After that just throw in a strand of outdoor Xmas lights and wala! Lighted address =]

  • puzzy 15 Jan, 2008

    I am thinking I would like to try and make one that would be permanent-anyone have ideas?

Lit House Numbers

Put your house number in lights to direct guests to your party.

Countdown Toast

Martha Stewart Living, January 2005

When you're waiting for midnight on New Year's Eve, pass Champagne in glasses marked with numbers representing those anticipated last ten seconds. Self-stick numbers, available in office- and art-supply stores, jazz up flutes for the occasion. On January 2, either peel off numbers (use a cotton ball and adhesive remover to wipe away residue) or save the flutes for next year.


Comments (4)

  • ApplePie86 28 Oct, 2008

    Actually you make a wish with every grape you take, so you have 12 wishes one for each month of the upcoming year. It's better to write down the wishes first though, 'cause you get so excited and confused trying to eat all the grapes that you forget to ask for the 9th wish or wish for the same thing over and over again! A small piece of papper in your hand will do. I keep those pieces and the following yearI take it out and remember what I wished for and what came true!

  • sarahberetta 27 Dec, 2007

    Another Countdown Toast - In Spain they have a lovely tradition where everyone has a bundle of 12 grapes and for the last 12 seconds of the year, as the clock chimes everyone eats 1 of their grapes until midnight. You don't really appreciate the taste of the grapes but it is a lot of fun and adds another party tip to the toast!

  • katiecooper 27 Dec, 2007

    Very chic and classy. A nice personal touch to impress your guests!

  • deavodl 27 Dec, 2007

    Is this just for fun or would you do some type of game or something during the countdown?

Countdown Toast

Add to the anticipation of the New Year's countdown with numbered Champagne flutes.


Stenciled Hallway Organizer

Banish prebeach pandemonium (Who took my towel? Where are my flip-flops?) with a designated station featuring boldly numbered hooks and corresponding cloth baskets for each guest or family member. Now if only there were a system for getting them to remember to put on sunscreen.

Created By: Johnny Miller, Anna Williams (coffee), Illo: Brown Bird Design




 Resources: Cabana beach towels, in Periwinkle, Eco-Fabric open bins, Century ceramic hooks, in Satin Nickel, Reclaimed-wood bench,



  • Waterproof paper, for stencils
  • Craft knife
  • Painters' tape
  • Small natural sea sponge
  • Latex and fabric paints


  1. Step 1

    To make stencils: On a computer, enlarge numbers in a font you like; print on waterproof paper. Cut out with craft knife.

  2. Step 2

    For wall, center stencils above hooks, and secure with painters' tape. Dip sponge in latex paint, blot excess, and dab on stencil. For baskets, use fabric paint. Proceed as above, but place a box or other hard object behind fabric for a firm work surface. 

Martha Stewart Living, August 2010



Reviews (2)

  • angelaandthetwins 6 Jul, 2012

    I'm so excited to make this to organize our beach items. We live right next to a lake (Lake of the Ozarks). I'm going to use the work LAKE rather then numbers because our initials happen to spell it out, Lillian (one of my twin daughters), Angela (me), Kirby (my other twin daughter), and Eric (my husband)!!

  • kdka30 5 Aug, 2011

    So Cute!

Entryway Organizer

Get everyone out the door on time with a numbered organizing station.


Custom Doormat

Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.




You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to create an accent for your entrance that is both functional and decorative.



  • Coir doormat (18-by-30-inch coir mat, which is made from the stiff fibers of coconut husks)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape in 3-inch and 3/4-inch widths
  • Address numbers
  • Card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • T pins
  • 12-ounce can
  • Enamel spray paint


  1. Step 1

    Create a border around its perimeter with 3-inch tape, positioning it 1 1/4 inches from edge. For a second border, affix 3/4-inch tape, leaving 1/2 inch between borders. Print out figures (ours are 650-point type), then photocopy onto card stock, and cut out with a utility knife; or choose 6-inch numbers from a hardware store. Use a ruler to center numbers; pin paper ones to mat.

  2. Step 2

    In a well-ventilated area, hold spray paint (in a contrasting color) 4 to 6 inches over mat and work in small circles; bring closer to paint edges of mat.

  3. Step 3

    Let dry at least 2 hours before removing tape and numbers.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2003



Reviews (7)

  • ameyers 19 Sep, 2015

    I'm really curious how this project holds up over time. Does wiping your feet cause the paint to come off? Are you then tracking paint flakes into your home? I'd love to do it as a gift but I'm afraid it will be a disappointment if the item doesn't withstand normal use.

  • Rootbeer 4 Apr, 2010

    I don't see any directions for this project. Anyone else having this problem? I can probably figure it out, but it would be nice to have some guidance.

  • cindy 2 Apr, 2010

    The page for the custom doormat project will not display. I would love to see it if you can fix the page.
    thank you

  • JenNguyen 22 Mar, 2009

    I got my mat at Ikea a few months ago and finally got around to finishing this project today. I used white spray paint and made my own stencil by having my monogram photocopied on card stock at my local office supply store. Just be careful when cutting out the letters. Otherwise, it looks great!

  • myrnie_twin 8 Mar, 2009

    Ikea has door mats for very good prices. What a great project!

  • Christinel4950 8 Mar, 2009

    I've been wanting to do this, but can not find plain coir mats anywhere. They all have stuff on them. These would make great housewarming gifts! Does anyone have any tips of locating them for an inexpensive price? Bulk would be ok.

  • phoenics 13 Nov, 2007

    Wow - I just bought a condo and I was thinking of doing this exact same thing because there are no numbers near our doors (and the two doors are so close to one another, it's hard to figure out which is which unit). I think this is a much easier way of doing the stenciling than my idea (which involved cutting out the numbers and filling them in with paint). Cool!

Custom Doormat

Reassure guests that they're ringing the right bell with a monogrammed mat.


Paint Your House Number on a Planter

Created By: Joseph De Leo




You don't want your house to look like every other on the block, so why should your house numbers? Skip the obvious offerings at the hardware store in favor of custom-painted numbers on a planter. 


1. Select a font from your computer (or browse online at Enlarge and print the numbers in various sizes to see which works best on your planter. 

2. Using an ink-jet printer and waterproof paper, print the numbers in desired size, on a single sheet if they fit. If using a laser printer, print the numbers on regular paper and trace onto waterproof paper. Make a stencil by cutting out the numbers with a craft knife.

3. If the numbers were printed separately, tape stencils together, spacing numbers about 3/4 inch apart. Use masking tape to adhere stencil to planter. 

4. Choose acrylic paint in a color that stands out from the planter. Use a sponge or a stencil brush to dab paint into stencil. Let dry, and remove stencil. New tall camellia pot, $160,


  1. Step 1

Martha Stewart Living, September 2010



Reviews (14)

  • raquelhalloway123 2 Feb, 2014

    Painting house numbers on the exterior really do help when others are trying to find a home. Looks like a fun project.

  • kellydaniel 8 Nov, 2011

    Maybe not the best choice for house number, but I live in a small town with a state university. This is a great alternative choice to the flag mounted to the house. I think I'll try it!

  • hillsboroughmom 28 Mar, 2011

    I have to agree that it is cute but not safe.

  • yougotjenny 28 Mar, 2011

    Still love it so much!!!!

  • teemcee 28 Mar, 2011

    NOTE: This wouldn't meet current building code standards in most jurisidictions as your primary house number identification for the reasons some commenters have already noted. It is a nice DECORATIVE touch for your property but use at your own risk!!!

  • firebb 28 Mar, 2011

    pitch dark

  • firebb 28 Mar, 2011

    Very cute as supplemental house I.D. -but as I firefighter medic its not practical. If your beloved needs an ambulance/ fire truck; trying to drive in a quick safe manner searching addresses; on kid or traffic congested streets in snow, rain, sleet, ice storms, blinding sun or pitch dark

  • yougotjenny 28 Mar, 2011

    love this idea!! So much easier to see than the little house numbers people have room for near the door!! Love it!!

  • myke43 28 Mar, 2011

    While this idea is cute, it is not practical. Our local police and Fire
    district would NOT recommend such a placing of your house number
    as in case of an emergency as it would not be helpful in identifying
    your home. House numbers must be large enough to be seen in a
    spot that is easily seen from the street. This "cute" idea should be
    only be used in addition to a properly placed ledgibly done number.
    Safety FIRST. Mykele

  • mellajames 1 Jan, 2011

    does anyone know what size font is used to make these numbers?

  • traceykinohio 21 Nov, 2010

    judy, those are more than likely morning glories. i have them every year

  • clematide1 21 Nov, 2010

    The plant at either side of the door is called Dutchman's Pipe.

  • Greenalicious 21 Nov, 2010

    What a cute idea! Can't wait to try this

  • jcapist 21 Nov, 2010

    Can anyone tell me what plants are growing on either side of the porch? Would love those for our front porch. Thanks judycapistrant@gmail.colm

Numbered Planter

Make your house stand out from others on the block with this monogram technique.

Numbered Drinking Glasses How-To

To make numbered drinking glasses you'll need nontoxic glass paint (such as Pebeo Vitrea 160, available at crafts stores in assorted colors), a fine-point paintbrush, self-adhesive shelf liner (available at hardware stores), and a utility knife, in addition to your collection of glasses.

1. In a word-processing program on your computer, choose an attractive, boldface font and type numerals 1 to 8 (or however many glasses you will be decorating), spacing characters about an inch apart. Size the numerals in proportion to your glasses (ours were about 3/4 inch tall); print the document.

2. On a copy machine, choose the mirror image function on the control panel, and copy the document.

3. Place self-adhesive shelf liner over the reversed image; trace around each of the numerals with a ballpoint pen. Cut out numbers from shelf liner, leaving empty space around each one.

4. Peel the backing off one of the numbers, and carefully adhere it to the outside of a glass, just under its lip. Cut out the number by using the tip of a utility knife to trim carefully around the traced outline. Peel off the numeral portion of the shelf liner, leaving a "negative" of the image on the glass.

5. With a fine-point paintbrush, fill in the empty space with a coat of glass paint; the amount of paint you use will determine how opaque the numeral appears on the glass. Immediately peel off the remaining contact paper from the glass, being careful not to smudge the paint. Repeat with other numerals and glasses. Let dry for 24 hours.

6. Place all glasses upside down on a baking sheet, and bake them in your oven according to the instructions on the paint bottle. Cool glasses thoroughly before handling. The paint is dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

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Numbered Glasses

Keep guests from confusing their cocktails by handing out monogrammed drinking glasses.