Homemade Car Locator

Tired of losing your car in that crowded parking lot? I know I was, so I came up with the homemade, plastic canvas, car locator sign. This attaches to your car antenna and proudly stands out in any crowded lot.


Approximate Time: Depending on size, about an hour


  • plastic canvas
  • plastic canvas needle
  • yarn in colors of your choice
  • plastic tie straps
  • scissors


Cut plastic canvas to desired size. Plan out your design and go for it. I discovered that if you do the edges and a center design, leaving the rest "open," it seems to work better.

Stitch design, wrap stitch the outer edge. Using the tie straps, attach to the antenna and there you go!

I am now experimenting with beads in the center to look more feminine and to jazz them up a bit.

By Chris from Oshkosh, WI

Homemade Car Locator

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

Is this one topping an antena? Looks like it is in the window with it rolled up on it.

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June 3, 20130 found this helpful

No, that is a sports flag attachment but it could be put on an antenna. Some newer cars have their's encased in the glass of the back window so nothing sticks up.


This is a great solution but it might not hold up long in inclement weather. Too cute!

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June 13, 20210 found this helpful

I have a dark red, newish, Honda Civic. There are a bazillion other cars of similar color and shape in my town. There is no antenna. So I got a roll of bright pink tape at Lowe's and taped long pieces to the inside of the backside windows and tied on some pieces to the rear license plate surround. The front license plate surround is easy to spot as no one has one like mine. I can see the windows and/or the rear license plate from a long ways away in a parking lot. When the ribbons wear out on the back plate, I just tear off some more pieces from my role and tie them on.

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