I found these old vanity Maine license plates in a family shed. Let me show you how I turned them into an adorable hat rack and wall decor.

DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor
Tennis Anyone?

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This week we tackled cleaning out an old shed on our property here at our home in Maine. A shed that was my father’s for years and where he made furniture, and kept many of his collectibles like these old vanity license plates, pictures of all his DIY projects, and more.

He was a big tennis player, playing until he was 86 years old. So I was thrilled when I found these license plates amongst his things. I knew right away I wanted to create something fun with them to display in our guest bedroom, where a collection of his tennis racquets also resides.

You may see more of this guest bedroom in the post, Small Cottage Guest Bedroom, Vintage and Delightful.

Small Cottage Guest Bedroom, Vintage and Delightful

How to Make a License Plate Hat Rack

I first found these vintage hooks on Etsy sold by Parkwood Treasures.

I really liked their white vintage cottage vibe.

And it was a bonus too that they came with the original mounting screws.

Vintage Wire Hooks, Renovation Salvage

There are so many vintage wire hooks to choose from here:

Then I painted an old board the same custom blue as the trim in this bedroom.

License Plate Hat or Coat Rack DIY

I’ve included the custom paint formula here in case you would like to duplicate it.

It’s a beautiful shade of antique blue.

Once the vintage hooks arrived in the mail, I mounted the license plate along with three of the four hooks.

I then hung my new license plate hat rack up in our guest bedroom with two Command Strips just to be on the safe side.

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DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor
Tennis Anyone?

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And check out what else I found with a tennis theme in the post, Antiquing Down East, A Day’s Jaunt

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Braiding Rug Stand with Braided Rugs

License Plate Wall Decor

And after creating this license plate hat rack I found two more vanity plates in the shed with my father’s initials on them.

And created this easy hanging license plate wall decor using simple twine.

  1. Tie a piece of twine on your top license plate between the top two holes of the plate to create a hanger.
  2. Choose the measurement for the spaces you want between the license plates. I used 1 1/2 inches.
  3. Then tie a piece of twine between the bottom of one license plate into the top holes of the next license plate. Super easy!

When it was finished I hung our license plate wall decor on the cedar shake siding just outside our back door.

You may also enjoy this post, 15 Cool DIY Projects to Start this Summer.

DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor

I love the contrast with the old cedar shakes.

Do you like cedar shakes? Check out How We Restored our Aged Cedar Shake Siding here.

And you may also enjoy the post, Adored One-of-a-Kind Handmade Birdhouse Restored.

DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor

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Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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22 Comments

    1. Thanks so much, I was so happy to find them amongst my dad’s things!

  1. So fun that you found a creative way to use your dad’s license plates! So cute with those old hooks; I’ve always loved those.

  2. Hi Ann,
    Love both of these craft projects with the old license plates. The hat rack looks perfect in the guest room with the old tennis rackets on display. I also love the twine connecting the others together. I just love your vintage style.
    Have a great week!
    Lynda

    1. Thank you so much Lynda. That’s so kind of you to say🫶🏻

  3. Thanks love this idea and a great way to display old license plates.

  4. Ann,
    This is such a cute ideas. I’m sharing it tomorrow with a link to your blog post.

  5. What a fun project! So special to have all those treasures from your mom and dad! Happy Saturday, Ann!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Happy Saturday!

  6. Wow such a good idea putting twine between the license plates! I’m English and my son used to have a plate from every state we had visited in America. Our license plates aren’t as nice as yours!

    1. Aww thank you Shirley. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🤗