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Where is the time flying? Doesn’t it feel like it was just yesterday when the Thrifty Chicks got together to show you how creative we are? This month’s theme is license plates! I had license plates because apparently, I am a pack rat. I saved them from years ago. I have a regular one and two that can go on the front of the car because in Florida we only need one on the back of the car. My idea is to show you how to make a welcome sign from a license plate. A novelty license plate.
I had the 2 plates stashed away with the thought I could make something from them. I wasn’t sure what but quickly figured it out when I had to work on this month’s project. I decided to make a “Welcome Home” sign. And I had to use the beautiful paper that I am so obsessed with. I am not sick of it yet, are you? Because I was flying by the seat of my shorts I think I made more work for myself.
Clean any dirt off, especially if it was on your car. Spray paint the license plates white so the lettering or design doesn’t show through. I really don’t think I needed to spray paint so I think you can skip this step. It will depend on the quality of paper or fabric. But definitely, clean the license plate off.
Trace around the license plate on the paper. Instead of using paper I think I should have used fabric but that is optional. Carefully cut out 4 pieces of paper or fabric. Trace around the holes where the screws go in front of the car. Use a hole punch to cut the holes and then use a utility knife to remove the little points.
Brush Mod Podge to one side of the license plate. Carefully place the paper on the license plate and apply per the directions. Set aside. Repeat on the other license plate. While they are drying go to step 4.
Now, this is why I would have used fabric. I have iron on flocked letters in white. I wanted to make sure the letters stood out. So I decided to take a chance and iron them on the paper. I followed the directions and it worked. The one license plate has “Welcome” and the other one says “Home”. I really think I should have let the paper dry a bit longer because I had a few problems decoupaging it on the other side of the license plate. There are a couple of places where I had to piece the paper and I believe it is because the paper was dampish.
Apply Mod Podge to one side of each license plate, Allow to dry and repeat on the other side. The flocked letters will be stiff but that is OK. Sand lightly with 1200 grit sand paper and repeat process 1 more time.
When I was looking in all of the thrift stores for a project for our kitchen challenge I found wooden purse handles used for a needlepoint purse. One of them was broken but I bought them because I thought I was going to use it with the bread board I never used. So I took the broken one and painted it with some left over paint. After it was dry it was sanded and waxed.
I lined up the purse handle with the holes on the license plate and make a mark. I carefully drilled holes on either side although I did get it out of whack. But it worked out in the end. I had some old chain links from an old ceiling fan so I took 4 and pried them apart. The two license plates were linked together to say Welcome Home. They were hung on the purse handle with the other two chain links.
And that is how to make a welcome sign from a license plate. I have another idea to do a variation on it if I ever run across any more novelty license plates. We don’t get license plates when we donate blood anymore so I will have to be on the lookout during my travels.
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And now be sure to check out the rest of the projects created by the Thrifty Chicks
1. How To Make A Welcome Sign From A License Plate by Shoppe No. 5
2. Vintage DIY Man Cave by Adirondack Girl at Heart
3. License Plate Trug How To by Lora Bloomquist
4. License Plate Art For A Child’s Room by The Interior Frugalista
5. License Plate Yard Art By Little Vintage Cottage
6. How To Make A License Plate Wind Chime By Thrifty Rebel Vintage