I live in the land of subways and taxis here in NYC, so while I rarely get a chance to drive anymore, I still appreciate the look of license plates. I particularly love vanity plates and the designs on plates that support worthwhile causes. While I may not be behind the wheel anytime soon, these eye-catching license plate crafts mean I can surround myself with road-tested style. Check out my finds and get inspired to snatch up vintage plates the next time you’re thrifting or browsing an online auction site!
This license plate room divider by Brian Patrick Flynn provides a jolt of color and a little privacy to boot. It looks super cool in this outdoor room, adding a bit of art where it’s usually hard to find.
Snip up some old license plates and put them to work on your fridge as magnets, like Brian Patrick Flynn did here. Just be sure to use steel plates (not aluminum) so the magnets stick!
The holidays may be over, but that means you have almost a full year to find some vintage plates and copy this rustic tree look from Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors. The burlap garland is a perfect homespun touch and picks up the faded palette of the plates.
Speaking of Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, she put another vintage plate to good use on this toilet paper holder! It’s such a simple concept (a vintage plate screwed into a wooden crate), but it totally makes the whole room come together.
This magnificent license plate map from Jamie Dorobek of C.R.A.F.T. took a long time to make, but the results were worth it, don’t you think? If you’re dedicated enough to attempt your own, pull out your tin snippers and study her tutorial.
Which of these license plate crafts really revved your engine? And do you have any unusual ideas for vintage license plates to share? Tell us in the comments below!