Looking for a quick DIY decor project? Add some numbers or letters to everyday objects and they will instantly become a favorite decorating accessory. Let me show you some examples.
Decorating with numbers and letters is fun. There are many ways to use numbers in your home decor. There are lots of ways to play with your house numbers in your outdoor decorating. They can be painted on to front doors, mailboxes or garden containers. Numbers also add interest to everyday items and give those accessories an instant boost. I love using numbers and letters in my decorating and I have gathered a little collection of examples from my own home.
This first example of decorating with numbers is easily the simplest and most used little DIY that I ever did. I painted an old tray white and added some vinyl numbers. This tray instantly became the background to many little vignettes I made. Adding a numbered tray like this is the perfect way to quiet a background while at the same time adding some interest.
Speaking of much used accessories. I am sure you recognize that pitcher. It is one of my favorite vases because it always makes flowers shine and adds just that right bit of Farmhouse decorating flair.
It is no secret that baskets are great for organizing just about anything. I painted this shopping basket many years ago and added a number with black paint. This basket is still in use in my home as we speak. I first used it to organize my winter scarfs and gloves in the hallway. These days it stands in my bedroom to coral little doodads that I want to have near my bed.
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Soft furnishings are another example of perfect vessels for some numbers fun. This numbered pillow is also from the old days. It is sitting on my postal chair (a great example of using letters in my decor) and was made from some remnants of the postal bags I used for reupholstering the chair. The pillow case numbers are stamped and painted onto the rustic fabric. I remember that I made the two with authentic vintage crate stencils.
One of my favorite all-time DIY decor projects must be these numbered containers. It was by far one of the easiest craft projects I did and these little numbered pots have served me so well.
They started out as simple terracotta pots about 5 inches high. They all got a quick treatment with white paint and then I cut some numbers and letters from a sheet of black vinyl. So easy and yet so useful.
I used these little numbered containers in so many different ways in my home! Like in my craft room to hold pencils and brushes. With tea lights they were perfect little candle holders and of course as mini vases for a collection of flowers.
Some of my little numbered containers had letters on the other side. Lined up like this they were a perfect little Valentine message. Terra cotta pots have a hole in the bottom so if you want to use them as a flower vase or as a plant container than you have to use something inside to make them watertight. For the flowers I used small glasses that fit perfectly. When I used them for plants I lined them with a plastic bag.
Of course I uses the pots as a subtle reminder as well. If you choose your numbers carefully you can send a little message to someone. Like I did here:
The pots spell out my birthday (in Euro style). Now a certain someone has no excuse for forgetting to buy me a big birthday cake.
Another fun example of decorating with numbers. Can you see how well they work in seasonal decorating too? Place a collection of numbered pots on a white cake plate. Fill the pots with mini-hyacinth grapes and some moss (remember the plastic lining). Scatter some mini Easter eggs around. And there you have a quick and easy and fun little Spring and Easter decoration.
My last example of decorating with numbers for the day is the time I lined them all up on the edge of my hutch and filled them with mini succulents. Gosh I love remembering these little pots and how easy it was to decorate with them.
The pots have since gotten a little metamorphosis and I love them in their new look too. See my ‘new’ old little pots shining in this Spring decoration
Do you have a favorite Number? (mine is 17)
A lucky Number perhaps?
When you decorate with numbers you can use your birthdays, anniversaries, address numbers, initials, or special characters in your decor and make it all the more meaningful to you.
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.