DIY License Plate Birdhouse

DIY License Plate BirdhouseWhen Mother Army moved us from Colorado to Fort Benning and finally to Fort Bragg, my CO plates remained on my Saturn VUE- an homage to my first car’s home state. Eventually, I was forced to register my car in North Carolina (never mind that I was over a year late in doing so). But when I replaced my old Colorado plates with a new North Carolina plate, I didn’t have the heart to just throw them out. Too many memories, etc. So I brainstormed a way to repurpose. Behold! The License Plate Birdhouse!

3 Hours

What You Need:

  • Wooden Birdhouse (I picked ours up from Hobby Lobby for less than $10)
  • Old Newspaper
  • Spraypaint – Primer, Color and Finish
  • Old License Plate
  • Power Drill
  • (4) Short Screws
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • (4) Eye Hooks
  • Sharp scissors
  • Twine

What You Need To Do:

  • On a not-windy day, bring your new wooden birdhouse outside or to a well ventilated and protected area (aka your open garage). Lay out old newspaper and set birdhouse on top of the papers. Paint birdhouse your desired color and finish. I started with a gray primer, used Rustoleum Satin Nickel (leftover from our play kitchen) to cover the house and finished with the Rustoleum Outdoor Satin Finish. This part takes approximately 2-2.5 hours (since you literally spend a majority of the time waiting for the paint to dry).
  • After the paint has completely dried, bend your old license plate evenly over the top of the bird house, creating a hot tin roof! Screw four screws directly through the license plate and roof to secure in place.
  • Run your sandpaper along all of the edges of the license plate, making sure it is smooth to the touch (you don’t want the little birdies to cut their feet).
  • Twist four eye hooks into the roof through the holes in the license plate (where you would screw them onto your vehicle).License Plate Birdhouse
  • Thread a piece of twine into a loop through the hooks at the front of the house and double knot. Then thread second piece of twine into a loop through the hooks at the back of the house and double knot. Finally, thread a third piece of twine into a loop on your tree bring, connecting the front and back loops, and double knot. This method will ensure your birdhouse hangs straight.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a new birdie family!

License Plate Birdhouse Hanging In Tree

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