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« on: July 25, 2005 06:21:03 PM »

So you probably stumbled upon my first license plate purse, which is a bit of a pain to make and worse to explain how to make.  It is here if you are hunting that instead:

This one is a lot easier and best of all is perfect for those personalized plates! I made this one with my old ham plates.  Since it has my call letters on it, Ive covered them for this post.  No offense but it is really easy to hunt people down by their call letters and I only like to flash them now when out with my fellow radio geeks.  Anyway, I think this one maybe an option for those of you overseas if you play around with it a bit.

So, heres the purse that I made:

How to make this puppy:
1.   Clean your plates.  I used a bit of dish washing soap and lightly removed the bugs who have sacrificed themselves on the front of my plates.  Be carefully here.  You can remove the paint.
2.   Figure out where you want to bend and the resulting size you want.  I decided on either side of my call letters.  So it was like (bend)CALL(bend). But you could also do REDS(bend)FAN(bend) so on the sides it said REDS and on front/back it said FAN.  You just need to end up with 2 bends for the most part.  Mark your bends on each of your 2 plates.  The closer you are to exactly matching each plate to the other, the easier it will be to make the bottom later. 
3.   Bending the plates is next.  The way I did it as you can see by the photos is I clamped a heavy metal ruler on top of the plate at the bend point and then bent the plate by hand.  Older plates maybe harder to bend and a rubber mallet will help.

4.   Making the wood base.  This is a good use for scrap wood.  You want something thick enough for you to screw into the edge.  In the photo above you can see what I used and how it fits into place.  Cut the wood so that it fits into the plates and they form a box around the wood.  Depending on the plates, you can either overlap you plate edges or you may need to butt them up against each other like I had to.  Take a look at this close-up of the side.  Ignore the text right now other than to see the rivets.

For the above type, I used a bit of another plate behind the personalized license plate to rivet to.  If you are overlapping instead, you must figure out how much the overlap will be so that you wood base will fit inside.   Cut the wood and paint to go with your plates.
5.   Before we go any farther, those holes that you use to attach your plates to your car really look crappy.  I found that the grommets made by Gritz that you can get in fabric stores like JoAnns fit perfectly into those holes.  I just had them lying around and I love using them.  Place on in each of the holes. If you look at the photo with all the text, you can just see them under the handle screw and the gold earring at the bottom edge.  Yep, thats a earring.  You still have holes at the bottom that you probably wont be using so find something to fill them.  You may want to use a pretty gem or glass stone or a coin.  I used either hot glue or E6000 to glue it in plate.  I forgot right now.  The top edge holes ate perfect for attaching a handle latter.
6.   With a drill with a drill bit for metal, drill holes for the rivets and the bottom edge screws that will attach the wood to your plates.  If you havent already, put on safety glasses.  Metal shards in the eye are really bad.  You will need to figure out where to drill on your own because of the variations in the step 2 bends.  You should have at least 6 screws along the entire bottom for connecting the wood base. I had one on each end and two on the front and two on the back.  For the rivets, have at least 2 along each meeting edge.  You can see how mine is done in that photo with the text.  My butt joint has a total of 4 rivets. 
7.   Screw the wood base into place.  (You need to drill holes into the wood first to match the holes you drilled in your plates.  If you dont, the wood will split.) Rivet the plate edges into place. 
8.   Youve now got an open top box that you may want to use for something else at this point.  I think I may make another on for my incoming mail.  Unless you dont care about the surface you are placing this on, youll need to a so feet to the bottom.  I used chair sliders on the bottom of mine so that the plate edges dont scratch floor and tables and the like.  Adhere them to the bottom of the wood at the corners.
9.   For the handles, I sewed vinyl ones, put grommets in the ends and attached them with screws here.  You could thread them thru the grommet plate holes instead or used rope or whatever.  Maybe some nice bungee cord would go well for the theme.  Creativity is good here.
10.   For the lining, you can go whatever route you want here too. I sewed a box shaped lining to fit inside and added a drawstring top.  You may want to skip the top or you may want a flap cover instead.  Your plates are probably magnetic so you may be able to do a closer with a magnetic just sewn into the flap tip.  Creativity is also good here.

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2005 04:28:45 AM »

wow just thought why have people not replied to this yet since youve obviously put a lot of effort into the tute. the purse looks great and very original you will stand out whereever you go im sure Wink
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2005 05:10:16 AM »

Wow, that's such a cute purse!
I like the original, too; I saw some similar in a shop a while ago and thought "hey, they pinched that idea off the girl in craftster!"
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005 04:53:53 PM »

SO cute. I would make one, but I'm lazy. Very unique and cute

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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2005 03:51:51 PM »

Cool, I love it!  Thanks Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2005 08:25:03 PM »

I love it! It's a great little purse, especially the drawstring top. I have two license plates from my car when I lived in a different state (my first license plates!). I've been saving them to make something out of them - I'm thinking of making a pot to plant a little house plant. But this is pretty cool. Decisions decisions...

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005 08:48:52 PM »

Very cute!  I have my old SC plate (we only had one for our car) and I've been trying to decide what to do with it.  I'd love to ditch my Ohio plates, but I'll just have to be patient until I can move back to SC.  What part of Ohio are you in?

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2005 02:58:09 PM »

This one is so much better than your other one I really think that this one is kinda cute. I'd love 2 make 1 but I aint got time 2 get the money or materials

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2005 07:10:12 PM »

love it love it!  i'm going to be making a bag with my current plate once my alumni one arrives... i might have to try this one Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2005 07:32:44 PM »

cute! Love the drawstring top!

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