I. Love. Old. License. Plates. Do you hear me?? They are so fun and have endless possibilties for repurposed projects. This coming from the girl who made an entire door from old license plates!! Now THAT was fun!! Mama Rusted Roots even got in on that action!! And just last week, we whipped up some of these rusty dustpans from old license plates. If you’re not following on Instagram or Facebook, you’re missing out! We share lots of our projects on social media that don’t make it here on the blog.
So back when we trekked the 127 World’s Largest Yard Sale, remember this stash?? It was chock full of old Tennessee license plates. I knew we were headed to City Farmhouse in Franklin, TN for their Fall Pop-Up Fair. So it was a no brainer that I would snag them all and figure out what to do with them later. It didn’t take long and I decided to turn them into little baskets, caddies, something to hold a cute fall mum or some hay with pumpkins. Later use them as a carry all for little junk inside!!
I had so much fun making these… we even broke out the video camera for a little video tutorial. Here’s how we made them…
I love the added sound effects from my ‘lil turquoise hammer! Ha ha!! Wasn’t that funny?? If only it were as fast as that video made it seem. But all in all it’s a pretty easy upcycle. It just takes a little patience to get the edges the way you like them. Here are the steps in case you didn’t catch them.
Measure to the center of your plate. Most plates are 12 inches wide, so you want to bend your license plate right at the six inch mark. I don’t bother marking my plate, I just see where the six inch mark hits. Usually it will be right on the edge of a number or letter so you know where to bend it.
Use a 4×4 scrap piece of wood as leverage to bend your plates down the middle.
Once you have bent the plate, use your hammer to create a hard corner down the middle. Otherwise, the corners of your box will be a bit rounded.
After bending both of your plates, you will need a base for your box. I used some old barn wood and cut 6 inch by 6 inch sqaures to use as a base. Make sure your wood is thick enough that you can screw into the side of it. Then screw your plates around the base of your box.
Once your plates are attached. You will see that the edges stick out a bit. Use your hammer to curve the edges around to create a seamless look. This is the tedious bit. But stick with it.
After a few minutes, you will have a nice edge like this.
Attach your strap or handle. I happened to have a bunch of old leather straps that I just cut up and used as handles. Just screw them right into the side of the box. (Note: longer screws will stick out on the inside of the box. We used a metal grinder to grind down the point of the screw so no one gets hurt!)
And that’s it!! Instant license plate caddy!!
We made about twenty of these caddies… even doubled up on some of them making it twice this size!! They are all packed up and ready to go as we hit the road tomorrow for City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair in Tennessee!!! It’s gonna be a blast, y’all!! Be sure to follow along on social media!! I’m sure there will be lots of fun junk to be had!! See y’all there!!