Hi there! It’s time for the monthly Thrifty Chicks DIY challenge; this month’s theme is “license plates.” My plate dates to 1973-1986, so according to Etsy’s 20-year rule, it’s vintage. Interestingly, New York is back to a similar color palette with our license plates–orange and blue–but the blue is closer to navy now. I decided the word, “CZAR” on my plate lent it to a manly project, and since the inspiration fairy seemed to be on vacation, I went hunting on Pinterest for an idea. I found one that originated from The Plate Factory, an Etsy shop filled with very cool license plate DIYs.
So if you have an old license plate, piece of scrap wood and a few hooks or knobs, you have almost everything you need to make this hat rack (really, it’s an anything rack). But let me introduce you to my fellow Thrifty Chicks:
At the end of the post you’ll find links to their fun, license plate projects.
So it all began with a single license plate and the challenge to use it creatively in some sort of project.
After settling on the hat rack idea, I scrounged up a piece of scrap wood. Covered with a thick layer of dirt, it took some elbow grease to clean it up. Then, because it was so dry, I gave it a rub down with some Howard’s Feed-N-Wax. You can see in the upper right hand corner where I started applying it. It made a huge difference.
I also got my hands on three old hooks that I had picked up on a vintage shopping trip at some point.
Assembly was a piece of cake: I tacked the license plate in place, drilled three pilot holes, screwed in the hooks, and attached two saw tooth hangers on the back. Ready for a “CZAR’s” domain, ha ha.
The hooks are big and sturdy enough to hold all sorts of things from coats to sports equipment.
But I went ahead with caps. NOTE: Never one to leave well enough alone. I had a late night epiphany and decided to man-up my hat rack with a few beer-related accessories that I think really completed the project nicely.
So at 11:00 pm last night, I was out in my workroom adding the Budweiser license plate frame and the Molson’s bottle opener.
A little more colorful and interesting, wouldn’t you say? BTW, The Plate Factory sells this for $47.00 and up–impressive–
I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to marry together a variety of vintage and antique elements into something attractive and functional. And I know you do, too, as do my Thrifty Chick friends, whose projects you’ll find listed below. I hope you’ll take some time to check out their terrific “junkovers.”
1. How to Make a License Plate Wind Chime, by Thrifty Rebel Vintage
2. License Plate Yard Art, by Little Vintage Cottage
3. How to Make a Welcome Sign from a License Plate, by Shoppe No. 5
4. License Plate Trug How-To, by Lora B. Create & Ponder
5. A Vintage License Plate DIY for the Man Cave, by Adirondack Girl @ Heart
6. License Plate Art for the Child’s Room, by Interior Frugalista
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