When 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!
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
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).
- 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!