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Picture of State License Plate Sign

When we moved from our home state, I saved the license plates from both of our vehicles, for the purpose of making something from them. Having seen something similar to this, I decided to use two of the plates to make a cut out of the state. With Washington State being the "Evergreen State", I used an outline that included a tree cutout.

Tools & Materials I Used:

  • License plates (number required depends on the cutout size you desire)
  • Angle grinder with cutting disk
  • Dremel with cutting disk
  • Painter's tape
  • Clamp
  • Felt tip pen
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection

Optional Items, depending on how you choose to mount your cut out:

  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nailer
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • Liquid nails

Step 1: Outline the Shape

Picture of Outline the Shape
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You can easily find an outline of your state online, as I did. After printing it and cutting it out, lay it on your plates to find the most desired sections to use. In my case, I wanted both the state phrase and name to be in the cutout.

With the template laying in the desired location, use a felt tip pen to do a rough outline. Make the outline slightly larger than the template.

If you are using more than one plate, now is the time to tape them together using blue tape. Tape the seams on the front and back to limit them from bending.

Remove the template and place blue tape down on your rough outline. This will be used to make a more detailed outline of the template, so place it in such a way that it will allow you to trace the template.

Put the template back down and trace it as exact as possible.

Be careful this will devour your grinder blades as fast as a bushfire will devour grass. Otherwise quite nice I’m not American tho I’m sure it would work well with any license plate.
theRemade1121 days ago
you gave me an idea for my home state plate I have laying around after I moved ealier in the year.
chefspenser21 days ago
Bravo-great idea and execution! Thank you for sharing!
seamster22 days ago
Love it! And as another former Washingtonian, I would proudly make and display this exact same design. I might have some old plates... Thanks for the idea!!