– Yogi Berra
Whether you call it a license plate, vehicle registration plate, or number plate, they are a super fun item to upcycle.
DIY UPCYCLED LICENSE PLATE PLANTER
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- License Plate (You can often find these at thrift stores, free piles, vintage fairs, or online HERE)
- Clean Glass Jar (to bend it around AND for the inside)
- Head Rivet Tool
- Steel File (not sure why they named it a “#@*!*” file ???)
- Pop Rivets
- For the pop rivets we used (above) we used a 1/8 drill bit.
- You will need a sturdy round object that you can bend the license plate around.
- Lay license plate on a flat surface. Make sure to have the back (plain) side of the plate up while you bend it.
- Bend the plate around the item. Note – The letters are stronger than the plate so a larger letter like Z won’t bend as easily at first. Don’t worry. Bend as much as you can and you can straighten it once you fasten it all together.
- Drill 1/8 holes, 2 on each end; make sure they match up.
- Taking the “#*@!” steel file, file the holes, inside, smooth.
- Bring ends together and use the head rivet tool and a pop rivet to connect the ends together.
- If you want a bottom, you can make a wood plug and attach it by screwing the plug to the license plate holes that are already there. If you are using the planter indoors, you can use a lid from a storage or food item as a coaster. Or you can do what we did, and use the clean glass jar as a vase inside. If you are using the jar with a live plant, make sure to use rocks at the bottom of the jar, before adding soil, so that it can drain properly.
- Once it’s all secure, bend or straighten, to make sure it is the way you want it.
*You can also use this project as a pencil holder as well.
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