Christmas Tree From Old License Plates

by APieceofRainbow
6 Materials

I have always wondered what to do with my ruggedly charming bunch of license plates, until a light bulb went up one day, when planning our Christmas decorations. ... A license plate Christmas tree!!!

And a little gift: if you want this tree but don't have old license plates, I made free printables of these plates for you to download at the end, so you can even make a tree with card stock or cardboard! Just don't use printable plates on your car, OK? ;)

Measure and determine where the top plate should be. Start with the first plate: check that it's level, mark the 2 holes at the top and hammer one nail for each hole.

The "Christmas tree" you see here has 5 tiers, plus the "trunk" and the star. The height is about 5' not including the star.

Hang the plate, then start the next row. Each row of license plates goes outside the row above.

To make the star, just print out the templates( see at the end) on card stock. I did not want to cut up these lovely plates, hence a paper FAUX star ! =)

The nails provide the perfect support for fairy lights.

Isn't this tree merry and bright? To see more details or download the free printables of these license plates and star, check out the link below!

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  • Jayna Jayna on Dec 01, 2021

    Where are the printable for the star

  • Krista Krista on Dec 04, 2021

    Cant find blog with star directions

    please make it easy to find. I am not techy and would like to visit blog


  • Patricia Thomas Durrell Patricia Thomas Durrell on Nov 17, 2022

    How do you get them to stay on the wall because I wanted to do it

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  • Joanne Joanne on Dec 28, 2020

    This is super fun and love the idea. That is why I was hoping to find the template to download. I can't seem to find them?

  • Joanie Joanie on Jan 07, 2021

    All these plates make a lovely tree......a family tree of states? Our once was, OUR great country.  After last nights disastrous shame at the Capitol, today I wear a shameful and sad face. We NEED unity. I would keep this tree lit. No more violence in protesting and tearing down our History monuments.