License Plate Bird Houses

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Project by DaleMaley posted 08-11-2014 12:36 AM 4080 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A relative was cleaning out her dad’s shed, and found 4 old license plates from the family car. Her mother passed away a couple years ago, and the father is still living. There are 4 children in the family. She wanted to remember her mother by using the old license plates on a bird house.

I googled license plate bird houses, and found the bent plate style, and the un-bent plate style. I made up my own design using Sketchup.

I made 4 of these bird houses. The relative was very pleased. She is going to paint them and add some other things to them, before she gives them as gifts to her siblings.

To see all of my trials & tribulations building these bird houses, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 01:54 AM

Great use for old plates!

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 07:22 PM

Nice… I do something similar with old plates I find too. But one thing I do differently is I leave a bit more overhang on the front so the house has an eave. Helps keep the rain out.

ALso, did you put separators inside so there’s 3 houses in each “Condo”? Or is it just an open “floor plan” inside? Separate rooms make for less “bird wars” :-)

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 11:22 PM

I did not put separators inside the bird house. I suspect none of the 4 bird houses will end up in the outdoors… guess is they will be decorations inside the house.



-- Dale, Illinois,

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 07:56 AM

So now you literally will have “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?” :) Very clever.


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#5 posted 08-18-2014 10:19 AM

My relative painted up my bird houses and presented them as gifts to her siblings yesterday. They turned out very nice…........

-- Dale, Illinois,

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