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How to Save $3760 on a License Plate Map!

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For years, I have been obsessed with the handmade, one-of-a-kind license plate maps available from Uncommon Goods. But at $3,900 I knew it would never be in my budget! There are a lot of canvas print and poster options out there, but they didn't provide the texture of high end look I was after, so I found a way to replicate the look of the original for only $140.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $140 Difficulty: Easy
I've seen a lot of less expensive versions of the license plate map, most of which have simply been printed on a stretched canvas (like this one from The Land of Nod) or on a poster (like this one from Zazzle). Neither of these would give me the look I am going for in Beckett's room. I really want to create a vintage, collected feel in his space, and the textures are very important.
Finally I found another license plate map option that I really liked because the image is powder coated onto heavy gauge steel and cut out in the shape of the continental United States. Best of all, it was a small fraction of the cost of the original!
But I knew that I could add the texture I desired, and capture the look of the high end Uncommon Goods map, by mounting this metal map on a background of reclaimed wood. Fortunately my parents happened to have a pallet that they were about to get rid of, and the wood was perfect for what I needed!
Red the full tutorial on my blog at the link below for the instructions on how we created the palette wood backing and how to attached the map to the wood background.
I love a high low project, especially when the savings is over $3,700!

To see more: http://www.blueistyleblog.com/2014/03/HighLowLicensePlateMap.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Lisa
    Lisa New Hartford, CT
    on Mar 5, 2014

    This is wonderful and very clever of you! We actually have some old license plates and I've been mulling over ideas on how to use them. I don't have one from each state though, so I will probably go in a different direction. However, I really love the reclaimed wood background and would like to incorporate that into my design. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Donna
      Donna Simpsonville, SC
      on Nov 22, 2015

      @Lisa I've also seen where people have used a license plate folded in half as the roof of a birdhouse or as the cover of a scrapbook or journal. You can also cut them into pieces, back them with a sheet of cork, and use them as coasters.

  • Cynthia E
    Cynthia E Daleville, AL
    on Mar 7, 2014

    Love it

  • Debbie Williams
    Debbie Williams Plymouth, CT
    on Nov 22, 2015

    looks great and i'd say you made out on the map

  • Donna
    Donna Simpsonville, SC
    on Nov 22, 2015

    Looks amazing! I love these maps made from license plates, but never thought I could do it myself. Your's looks even better! Thanks for sharing!

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN
    on Nov 22, 2015

    It's amazing, very well done, just love it!

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