License Plate Box


An old license plate can be cut, and folded into a charming box with very little effort. We use them to serve nuts outside on the patio.
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A couple of license plate boxes filled with nuts on the patio.
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Use a rubber mallet to flatten the license plate as much as possible. You don't have to completely flatten the numbers and letters, but make the plate as "unwarped" as possible.
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Cut in about 3 1/4 inches with tin snips.
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Snip off about 1 inch from each cut edge.
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Fold the front up, using a wood block as a quide for a crisp edge.
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Fold in the back side with a pair of pliers.
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Fold in the front side as well. Then repeat on the other end too.
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Fold over the edges towards the inside to cover the sides.
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The finished license plate box will be about 5 1/2 inches by 3 inches, and about 1 1/2 inches deep......depending on the size of your plate. Fill them with anything you want. Yes, even succulents.
James@TheCavenderDiary

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  • Margiecook4
    on Feb 2, 2017

    Where does one get used license plates?

    • Terry
      on Nov 3, 2018

      Just about anywhere, go to a scrap yard and you Will see them on wrecked cars and any vehicle there or you can ask just about anyone who's had more than a car they may have last years plates and go to second hand stores!!

  • Amy
    on Feb 8, 2017

    Are the edges not sharp? Has anyone gone in for a peanut and cut their hand! My oldest son collects them and this would be great to store/organize things in his room. But he is, let's just say clumsy.

  • Margi Daly
    on Aug 25, 2018

    I have many most antique my Dad collected would like to make something bigger in memory of him. Any ideas?

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  • Per33817111
    on Sep 29, 2018

    I have a patio wall of all the state's! Now I can make use of them! Thanks for ur motivation and brilliant mind!

  • Dudie Sipe
    on Oct 9, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this idea!! My father has so many license plates that he kept. He passed away last year, and of course I took all the licenses home with me. I will do this project, and feel my dad around me. I just love this idea.

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