Lora Bloomquist
Lora Bloomquist
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  • Maple Plain, MN

License Plate Trug

4 Materials
$25
1 Hour
Medium

Old License plates have such great graphic appeal. Re-purposing them into something usable and functional means you can enjoy their charm everyday around your home. Using some simple DIY skills, you can create this License Plate Trug for decorative or functional use. The wider variety of license plates you can find, the more fun you'll have with these!

license plate trug

Different colored vintage license plates can be found on-line or at second-hand sales. You'll need 2- 12" x 6" plates for this project.

license plate trug

You'll also need some scrap boards for the bottom and sides and an old chair or crib spindle for the handle. For the base, cut a 1/2" board 7" x 12". Cut 2 end pieces 7" x 3 1/2". Cut 2 thinner boards for the vertical handle 2 1/2" x 7". And cut the spindle for the handle to fit between these 2 boards (ours ended up being 6").

license plate trug

Construct the box, using a center punch to create holes in the license plates for nails along the bottom edge and sides. Wood glue could also be used before nailing to strengthen the bond between the license plates and the wood.

license plate trug

Use old-looking nails for a more vintage look. Nail each license plate to the bottom board first on either side.

license plate trug

Then fit the end boards in between and nail in place.

license plate trug
license plate trug

Attach vertical pieces for the handle to attach to on either side.

license plate trug

Use a screw to attach handle between these 2 vertical boards.

license plate trug

Paint ends and any other wood pieces you want with chalkboard paint.

license plate trug

Use these License Plate Trugs for function or beauty!

license plate trug

Pretty handy for carrying around a collection of play vehicles! You could even write on the chalkboard ends to encourage organization: cars, trucks, airplanes.

license plate trug

License Plate Trugs can also be planted with live succulents, or be filled with faux seasonal foliage or accessories. To see more re-purposed and refreshed projects and more ideas, visit my blog at: https://lorabloomquist.com/license-plate-trug-how-to/

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1 question
  • Melody
    on Aug 21, 2019

    What is a trug? I see comments, but not what it is.

    • Lora Bloomquist
      on Aug 21, 2019

      1. It's an old word, Melody. Here's what the dictionary says: "a shallow basket for carrying flowers, vegetables, etc., made from strips of wood."


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