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How to Create a Personalized Artificial Address Rock

August 23, 2018

Posted by Ashley VanderWall

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Rock engraving can be expensive. Create a personalized address rock for a fraction of the cost using an Outdoor Essentials Artificial Address Rock. It’s an easy, weeknight project! In fact, after gathering the supplies, you can complete this project in less than an hour.

We created our own personalized address rock to show you how simple it is. Check out the steps below to see how!

How to create your personalized artificial address rock:

  1. Gather your supplies. Here’s what we used:
    • Outdoor Essentials Artificial Address Rock
    • House Numbers or a Personalized Plaque (Buy online or from your local home improvement store.) Keep in mind the flat address area on the rock is 5-1/2” high x 15” wide. Make sure whatever you buy fits within that space.
    • Cordless drill
    • Masonry bit (Size will depend on the screws included with your house numbers. We used a ¼” bit for our project.)
    • Screwdriver (We used a Phillips head but again, this will depend on the screws included with your house numbers.)
    • Drop cloth
    • Ruler or tape measure
    • 5-1/2” H x 15” W piece of paper (this will act as a template for our numbers)
    • Tape
    • Pencil
    supplies for attaching house number to artificial address rock

  2. Prep your area. Place your Address Rock on a drop cloth. This is not required but will make for easier cleanup.
    How to attach house numbers to artificial address rocks

  3. Make sure your 5-1/2” x 15” paper fits properly in the flat address area.
    Attaching house numbers to artificial landscape rocks

  4. Place the address numbers on the paper with proper centering and spacing. Take a step back and make sure the numbers are exactly where you want them.
    Placing house numbers to attach to artificial address rock

  5. Taking care not to move the numbers, mark the location of the screw holes on the paper. When you’re done, take the numbers off the paper. You’ll end up with a template for drilling holes for the numbers.
    Marking house number location for artificial address rock

    Marking house number for artificial address rock

    House number template for artificial address rock

  6. Tape the marked paper to the flat area of the rock. Be sure it’s centered and level.
    Template for attaching house number to artificial address rocks

  7. Using a cordless drill with a masonry bit, drill a hole through each of the marks. Make sure you are drilling straight into the rock, not at an angle. After you drill through all marks, remove the paper. Brush off the surface of the rock to remove excess dust.
    Drilling artificial address rock to attach house numbers

    Artificial Address Rock drilled for house numbers

  8. Using a hand-held screwdriver, attach the numbers to the rock using the screws provided with the numbers.
    Adding house number to personalized artificial address rock

    Adding house number to personalized artificial address rock

And there you have it – a personalized address rock! An easy project you can accomplish on a weeknight. Since it’s hollow and lightweight, pick it up and place it where you want it.

Personalized artificial address rock with house numbers

Personalized artificial address rock with house numbers in landscape

Visit our Outdoor Essentials artificial landscape rocks page to learn more. Or, see what else you can do with our rocks on our blog!

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