To Top

Crafts Using License Plates

You may have seen old license plates nailed to the walls of sheds and barns, but there are many craft projects that can be made using license plates. This is a guide about crafts using license plates.

License Plates Decorating a Wall
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

March 17, 2016 Flag

I am always trying to make or find something unusual for my grandson who has Aspberger's. Since he is now 19, it has gotten more difficult. He likes cars and soon will be going to an autotech school. So, digging through my packrat room, I found a car part (transmission pan?), an old lamp, and a set of old license plates. A little twisting, painting, and a splatter shield from Dollar Tree, here is the result.

A lamp made with a license plate and other auto parts.
    Comment On This PostWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

    May 14, 2013 Flag
    1 found this helpful
    License Plate Bird House

    Photo Description
    I had never made a bird house before but I got the inspiration one day, this is the result.

    I had some wood scraps I had laying around and some old license plates and some left over paint. License Plate Bird House


    Comment On This PostMoreRead More...Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

    July 2, 2008 Flag

    car license plate painted as stylized American flagMake an American flag from an old car tag.

    Approximate Time: 30 minutes


    • old car tag (license plate)
    • spray paint (red or white)
    • acrylic paint
    • sealer
    • star stencil
    • wire


      Spray paint the tag (license plate) using either red or white. That way you will only have to paint one set of stripes. Let dry.

    1. Paint on your blue background for stars, let dry.
    2. Paint on your other colored stripes, let dry.
    3. Use your star stencil to paint on the stars. You can free hand if you like or don't have a stencil.
    4. When the stars are dry paint with glitter paint.
    5. When completely dry, seal with acrylic sealer and let dry.
    6. Put wire in holes at top of tag. Hang and enjoy. Great for the upcoming 4th.

    By Sandy from Bluff City, TN

    Comment On This PostMoreRead More...Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

    October 16, 2008 Flag
    0 found this helpful

    Does anyone know how to make a license plate purse or tote with two plates? My husband is a volunteer fireman and they changed the design so I have 2 plates I would love to make something with! Thanks!

    Jana from La Crosse, WI

    Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
    October 17, 20080 found this helpful

    You could get some plastic shoe boxes and attach them to the front and make planters!

    ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
    October 19, 20080 found this helpful

    I would punch and file holes all around the license plate. Then crochet between both sides width of your choice side and bottom and other side. Use wool color to compliment plate colors. Fashion a flap and clasp. You have a very good idea recycling old items. You can sew a liner for it too.

    ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
    October 19, 20080 found this helpful

    I have seen a real neat one and it took one plate and 2 Volkswagon hub caps from an old beetle. She had the plate rolled and put one hub on either end with a handle and a latch to open and close it and 2 hinges, she some how lined the plate with spray on glue and fabric and she lined it before putting it together. Good Luck.

    ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
    November 16, 20080 found this helpful

    I have made several, you can see them on my bog. I'd be happy to share instuctions. I only use 1 plate but you could make 2 purses.

    ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
    Read More Answers...
    Crafts Recycled Crafts OtherMay 14, 2013
    More to Explore
    ThriftyFun on Facebook
    ThriftyFun on Pinterest
    Enter a Contest
    Free Newsletters
    Ask a Question
    Share a Post
    Related Guides
    Woman Renewing a Driver's License
    Renewing a Driver's License
    Paper plate angel
    Crafts Using Paper Plates
    Uses for Paper Plates
    Uses for Paper Plates
    Marriage License
    Getting a Marriage License
    © 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on June 25, 2016 at 8:06:02 PM on in 775 msecs. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
    Loading Something Awesome!