These upcycled License Plate Planters bring a touch of rural charm to any garden. I sell them on my Etsy site, or you can make your own by following the instructions I created for you. Note: Any metalworking or machine shop will have a slip roll tool that you may ask to borrow (they are normally used for rolling sheet metal into ducts, etc.) Or you can buy a mini hand-crank model for around $150 US.
Please share pics if you do make your own, I’d love to see them. Thanks for reading, and happy gardening! -Patrick -Editor’s note: We’d love to see them too! <3
Here’s how you can make your own License Plate Planters:
- Gather some old license plates. You can find them at flea markets, antique shops or even online. Avoid plates that are very rusty.
- Use a “slip roll” to roll each plate into a cylinder (see photos). This takes a bit of practice. It helps to start each plate at a gentle radius and crank it through a couple of times, getting tighter each time.
- Use a 3.75 inch* (95mm*) drill bit to cut circles from scrap wood (one for each plate). These will be the bottom pieces for each planter. *Note: This size will work for standard American license plates (6″x12″). If you are using plates from another country, you may need to adjust the size of the wood pieces.
- Screw each plate into the bottom piece using the license plate’s existing holes. At the seam, I like to punch another hole and do the third screw.
- Fill with dirt & plants. Use the plate’s top holes to hang the planters from any nail, hook or chain. Enjoy!
Cut out a bit of wood for the bottom, and upcycle a lid, and you can create these License Plate Planters. The planters are perfect for indoor or outdoor use.