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AliaMcHugh
« on: January 02, 2004 03:36:22 PM »

I recently moved from Washington to Idaho and need to get my Washington plates replaced with Idaho ones this week. My Washington plates I want to keep because they're of sentimental value to me but I don't want them just sitting in my closet in a box. Any ideas??

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2004 06:07:26 PM »

The most obvious suggestion is to hang it on the wall, but license plates on the wall do tend to remind one of a truck stop.  

I have seen license plate handbags, and checked this out on the web.  There's this place that will make one for you, at http://www.isabellagrape.com/Custom%20License%20Plate%20Items.htm.  I didn't see any how to sites that tell you how to make these, but the same site that will make them for you has license plate back packs at http://www.isabellagrape.com/License%20Plate%20Handbags.htm, which appear to just be a back pack with a slightly curved license plate attached to it.  That wouldn't be too hard to do.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2004 06:43:36 PM »

I've heard of using road signs to make tables on this site...you could possibly make little end tables or tv trays with your plates.  Just attach to a tv tray or find a small bottom for a leg and perhaps get a piece of glass cut to place ontop.  You could also drill holes into them, or maybe use the holes already there for that matter, to make a folder, scrapbook or journal.  
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2004 06:58:14 PM »

i so love the journal

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p.s. how cute is the "handlebar brush"?!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2004 09:29:42 AM »

Mine are hanging on my wall.  But since I'm redecorating my room, I'm thinking of doing something else with them...I've seen license plate journals, but making one would require some power tools.

A one-inch (or so) strip is cut from the center of the plate, and used to bind the book.  Rings are attached to this strip, the other two pieces are attached as the front and back covers, and the book is filled with paper.  It's cool, but I don't have the tools to do it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2004 08:34:58 PM »

I saw While You Were Out the other day (on TLC) and the made a really cool memo board frame out of a bunch of licence plates...they were trying to re-create the look of a fifties diner and the nailed them all on hap-hazardly in different directions and it looked really good. You only have two tho....maybe you could make a memo board that's frame looks like a road...put one on the top and one on the bottom...and put little modle cars on the frame on the two other sides...i saw something similar. anyways, hope I inspired some of you crafty people, lol. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2004 11:18:09 PM »

This might not be interesting to you, but my aunt makes these amazing birdhouses!

Its just a little wooden box painted, with a small hole in it for the birds. and then two old license plates as a roof (you know like slanted ---> /\ )
and then she uses a spark plug as a perch!

they are so cute! she sold them at a craft fair and they were gone in seconds!
(she also made them out of old cowboy boots and bandana's! creative!)
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2004 11:38:45 PM »

I just wanna thank everyone, I have so many ideas! I'm not sure which one I'm gonna go with but once I decide I'll definitely post a picture. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2004 08:51:09 AM »

I found one on the road and it is on my wall.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2004 09:06:28 AM »

well i guess living in the uk has one good thing going for it... we don't have to change our plates if we move house  Smiley

however your plates look cooler than ours  Wink

some great idas here anyways...i'd go with the sentimental theme... maybe make the plates into a box (or attach them to an existing box) for keeping memories in?
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2004 10:32:40 AM »

As my state has changed its plates, I have two old ones just sitting around.  I bought a sheet of metal from the hardware store which they were nice enough to cut for me.  I had them cut it to the width of a plate and the height of about 5 plates.  Then, once it was home, I drilled holes in the top hang it by (wear saftey glasses) and used some metal-metal glue to attach one plate at the top and another at the bottom.  The center is now a message board with magnets I made with bottle caps and a magnet glued inside.  BTW the remaining piece of metal now is mounted behind my stove as a back splash. It is hung the same way as the megnet board.

*Ok I did the purse and will post it but unless you are good with rivets and metal, this is not the project for you.  No wonder they are so expensive.  However, I had it out on the town and got A LOT of compliments.  Even guys were coming up!  I never had that happen before!  Wish I had this when I was single. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2004 11:43:42 AM »

ive seen people make them into cd cases and little planners...it take a load of work though...
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2004 01:37:52 PM »

I dunno if this is for you, but when I moved from New Jersey to Florida, my mom and I documented the move.... you know, pictures of the house as it was emptied, friends that helped us move, receipts of the hotels we stayed at along the way.  Once we got settled into our new house, we put in a new "chapter" with pictures of our new house, paint and fabric we'd like to use, our dream rooms, etc.  It was kinda like an interactive, personalized scrapbook, and for me (being only 4 at the time), it helped me remember my old house and made the transition a little easier.  You could make something like that and use your old licence plate to bind it.

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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2004 11:35:34 PM »

hey all.. havent been on here in a while..  been feeling the need to make something lately but i've been lacking inspiration..

anyways, a couple of days ago, i had to change the liscense plates on my car (which sucks because i'd just about gotten my old plate numbers memorized Sad) but i kept the old plates because i figured surely i could do something with them, make something out of them..

i dont want to hang them on the wall or anything like that - i just dont think it would look right unless i had a lot of them, and since i only have the two, i think it would look tacky..

so, if any of you happen to read this and it sparks an idea, please post it. i'd really appreciate it Cheesy

thanks ever so much,

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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2004 08:19:34 AM »

Don't remember where, but I've seen people use license plates to make notebook or album covers and to make purses.  For the notebook, you can either cut the plate in half to use as covers, or bend into a |_| shape for a smaller book.  Or use both to make a bigger one.  Use an awl or metal punch for the holes.

You could use them to make planters or votive holders, too.
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« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2004 11:25:37 AM »

someone on here made a purse out of one....

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2162.0
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2004 07:09:56 PM »

You could send them to me! lol..you could hang them on your wall as 'decorative wall ornaments' if you have boring walls like i do. Or you could make a car collage. get a peice of cardborad/thick paper and collage cars or signs n stuff then stick the licence plate in the middle and hang it on your wall for all to enjoy! hehe..just a thought..
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2004 07:51:53 PM »

make bookends bend it like l_l and like it would rap the 2 end books
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2004 07:10:23 AM »

I made a cd book.  Cut the plate in half and drill two holes close to the cut edge on each half.  YOu can buy cd sleeves from t@rget.  Attach everything together with loose leaf binder rings. I used a piece of cord elastic tied through the original bolt holes in the back half of the plate to hold the book shut.  Seems to work pretty well and is way cute.  I would post pics but my camera is broken  Cry
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2004 04:55:11 PM »

You could get a big box, make it into a toy car and stick on the lisence plates! So fun! I like the idea of sticking them on your wall
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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2004 11:27:15 AM »

I saw a show on decorating design-ey stuff once and they wrapped old liscence plates around big candles...I dont remember how, but they looked cool.
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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2004 11:37:19 AM »

I was raised with boy scouts and as a fund raiser, they allways use them to make birdhouses. Just bend the plate into a V shape and pop it on the roof. TADA!
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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2004 11:48:40 AM »

Yes, my idea is a birdhouse also. My grandmother has one hanging on her tree outside. It's an old boot with a Texas license plate bent in half as the roof... It's really TOO cute
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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2004 03:16:04 PM »

hi!  i just moved to texas from florida for school and don't want to throw out my old florida license plate...  i'm looking for something to do with it without cutting it up.. any ideas?  i'm open to furniture ideas, handbags, anything as long as it stays in one piece for now.  thanks!!!

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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2004 08:36:24 PM »

I've seen them used as roofs on bird houses.  It would stay in one piece, a bent piece.
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schi118
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2004 09:17:20 AM »

interesting, but sadly i'm in a dorm so that option is out... Undecided
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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2004 07:50:40 PM »

hey, this may be too late, but I saw a lamp made of an old liscense plate a few days ago- I wish I had a pic, but it was wrapped in a circle with the lampshade on top.
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« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2004 07:54:22 PM »

A long time ago I used to see people with purses made out of them. I think a notebook or a journal would be cool as well. Or you could bend each of them in half and punch some holes in it qnd it could be a lantren if you put a light in it. Post picts of whatever you end up making.
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« Reply #28 on: October 05, 2004 08:13:10 PM »

In my latest issue of Artitude zine, they cut out the individual numbers on the plate and made keychains out of them.  Looked really cool, but work and tool intensive.
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schi118
« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2004 10:06:29 PM »

wow guys, great ideas!  thanks so much.. i ended up just hanging it in my room for now tho   Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2004 08:59:29 AM »

here is a link for making it into a book
http://www.diynet.com/diy/qu_metals/article/0,2025,DIY_14214_2269561,00.html
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