license plates

denisedOctober 10, 2006

Anyone have any good ideas of what to do with old license plates? I picked up some at an auction this weekend and would like to reuse them in an ingenious way.



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I've seen them used as roofs on birdhouses and curled (or bent) around to make a purse.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 10, 2006 at 7:53PM
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Here's what to do with them if you have about 50! :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: License plate map

    Bookmark   October 10, 2006 at 10:02PM
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That's neat!

I, too, often wonder what to do with them. I have seen them just hung up on the wall in a house, restraunt or whatever. I don't have enough different ones to make that look interesting so I was thinking about a birdhouse with one for a roof. Just need to get DH to build one when he's bored!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 7:51AM
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That site "Lydia1959" sent is great, just gave me alot more ideas to use;)

Thnx Lydia

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 1:41AM
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I copied this idea from my brother. I nailed them to the steps from my deck. I have 3 different sets of stairs of varying heights, and I nailed one in the middle of each tread. They look pretty cute. I'd love to learn how to make a purse or birdhouse using them, but it takes more skill than I have. I've measured the roofs on ready to paint birdhouses, but they don't seem to be the right size to nail a license plate on the roof without cutting the plate.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 12:19PM
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LOL Lydia, that map and the other "art" behind Aaron Foster (I think that's his name) are some of my favorite things about the show! I always pay attention to what's on the wall behind him and the map is my favorite.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 12:43PM
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What about using them as garden edgers?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 10:56AM
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I have seen the two corners turned forward then a small ridge turned forward between the turned corners, add a handle and WAH LAH! Dust pan! They are real cute!

    Bookmark   November 18, 2006 at 1:51PM
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I was in Las Vegas last month. Outside the House of Blues in Mandelay Bay, they had some really cool bench like chairs covered in flattened tin cans and I believe others were covered in license plates. The chairs themself sort of remind me of the headboard benches several people on these forums have made. The flat parts of the seats and backs of the chairs were covered. They aso had keys and locks dangling down from the backs. Some had bottle caps nailed in.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2006 at 11:26PM
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A friend of mine cuts out the individual letters from license plates and nails them onto birdhouses to spell out words. Latest one she did had "Birdy" spelled out on the front of the birdhouse. She usually uses a whole license plate as the roof too. Another one she made was for a wedding gift, and she spelled out the wife's name down one side and the husband's name down the other side, then put the year in the middle. Wish I had a pic to show you--will have to see if she will email me one. Luvs

    Bookmark   November 19, 2006 at 2:14AM
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how about a metal pocket hanger for the fence, gate or wall? rivet or wire together to hold greenery, plants, hens and chicks, ivey, etc!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2006 at 8:14PM
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On television last week someone punched holes in each of the four corners of a number of license plates and then hooked them together into a large grid with links of chain to make a window covering.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2006 at 3:05PM
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Today on Creative Juice on DIY network, they used two license plates and hooked them together with those round metal key holder things. They had made a scrapbook for a man out of them. Had pages between the two plates. You could probably check it out on DIY. Luvs

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 8:02PM
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I love bird houses with license plate roofs. You use a wooden floor and walls and bend a license plate in half (an inverted "V") for the roof. Really rustic and cute. You can follow through on the car theme by attaching wooden wheels on the base of the birdhouse and/or attaching a small metal or wooden toy car to the front of the house, or just keep it plain.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2006 at 10:30PM
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I've seen people use them as covers for three-ring binders/journals, too. There's a place here in Pittsburgh, called Little Earth Productions, that uses them for a lot of recycled products. You might get some ideas from them. I believe they're online.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2006 at 4:11PM
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here is a link to an ebay item using the license plate as a dust pan. This is not a true license plate, but it gives you an ised of how simple it is. I have made a few and they work great!


Here is a link that might be useful: pic of license plate dust pan

    Bookmark   December 21, 2006 at 9:36AM
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I have a collection of maybe 30 old plates between 1913 and 1927 from the states that the Lincoln Highway ran through. New York to California. After lots of considering, I finally hung them up like a wallpaper border around my living room. they were really cute up there and blended nicely with the other antiques in the room. It didn't look junky at all. Fun and funk, i like that. It was a conversation piece often times. Old road people LOVED it and came to my house to see them used like this. I'd post a picture, but we had to paint the room and i took them all down. Eventually after a remodel, they might go back up again somewhere. They are too cool to leave in a pile unappreciated!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 3:11PM
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We put a porch roof off our home on the patio.
I wanted to do something rustic with the underneth.
This has given me an idea to use the plates under there
as ceiling tiles. With my hubbie being a caraholic, that would be cute for him. We have a bunch of plates from some years ago when the kids wanted to collect plates from states we vacationed through. I can go to the junk yard for more :-)

    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 11:25AM
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I finally jumped on and posted several bird houses with license plates over on the garden junk forum. They may give you some ideas. They were posted over the last 3 or 4 days, so they're still on page 1. I also located a great license plate source. He lives in Ohio, and gave me a good deal on the kind of plates I needed. I don't find many color plates here for the price I'm willing to pay. Linda

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 4:21AM
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Do go over to GJ and see Linda's birdhouses--you will be glad you did. She reuses lots of things and turns her birdhouses into a unique piece of art. Be sure to check out her redo of a music bench and a dresser too. ;o) Luvs

    Bookmark   January 27, 2007 at 11:59PM
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Here's an idea for this old thread. This was done using a bicycle license plate.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2013 at 9:00AM
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Nice one Otter!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 5:04PM
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