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.
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!
Angela, Blue i Style
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  • Joanie Joanie on Aug 19, 2017
    I would be so proud to own this...........Our Country is the greatest..........I am proud you showed it in the plates.........Bless YOU!!!!!

  • Kel34317128 Kel34317128 on Nov 01, 2018

    I also tried DIY projects in my home but didn't the result that i want from this but this map looks amazing and it also cost effective and do something creative and get the best result the feeling is great now after watching your art now again i am trying to make license plates map after do my assignment for me online then i'll post it here i know it is difficult but i'll try to do same as you do.