License Plate Memo Board
Turn retired plates into a road trip display.
By Tiffany Threadgould
Take your retired plates for one more trip around the block. License plates work great as a memo board because they already have two built-in holes to hang from. The rest is easy as cruise control.
Tip: There are two types of plates out there: aluminum and steel. Test yours with a magnet first to make sure your magnets will hold up. If yours is aluminum, you can always give it a quick coat of magnetic paint.
Old license plate
Hardware We used wing nuts.
Paint and paintbrush (optional)
Step 1: Start with a clean license plate. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub the hard-to-clean areas. If there’s a lot of rust and grime, you can paint over the entire surface with acrylic paint and a paintbrush.
Step 2: To make the magnets, use super glue to attach super-strong magnets to the underside of the hardware. We used wing nuts for ours because they’re easy to grip. Let dry for 24 hours before using.
Step 3: Using the 2 holes already in the top of the license plate, place a washer on top of each hole and screw in the memo board to the wall. Now you’re ready to take your new memo board for a test drive. Attach your favorite photos and notes. You get bonus points for using pictures from a recent road trip!
About the Author:
Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She’s the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. She also keeps up her own green biz, RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and can sometimes be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.