Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Bike License Plates

Ready. Bike. Go:

Grab those Perler (or Hama Beads) and make your own Personalised Kids Bike License Plates! (These add cute to cute.)

It's rare that we find personalised items with our kids names. (All three? Never!) One day, I realized that there was a simple way to make our own personalised licence plates and that we already had everything we needed.  I wish that I had thought of this many years earlier and wanted to share with you as fast as I could.  Just click below for a full how to:

We made these personalised plates before leaving for the Summer and then, again (flags) for the 4th of July. (These pair beautifully with colourful, crepe paper wheels and streamer handle bars, too! I wish we had more parades ahead this summer!)

Both of these styles are great on bikes or even on doors.  Not only is this a personalised projects, but one that's nice, easy, cute -- and functional, too! Happy Making.
Make a flag or spell out a name!

Let's make:
materials: Perler or Hama Beads, 1 rectangular tray, iron, ironing paper, ribbon or wire to attach to bike; padded adhesive stickers, if attaching to a door.

How to make a Personalized Kids Bike License Plate: 
1. Outline a rectangle in one solid bead color. (We made ours 27 beads wide x 12 beads tall.)
2. Spell name with solid color in the center.
3. Fill in all empty spaces with a third solid color around the name and within the boarder.
4. Iron according to instructions. To melt our peeler beads, we set the iron according to instructed heat, covered the design with the provided ironing paper and ironed the beads until they were melted. Make sure the beads are very well melted and holding together tightly!
5. Once all beads are melted and melded together, peel the name plate off of the tray and completely cool.

To use on a bike:
6. Clip ribbon or wire to desired length and attach. 
7. To attach, thread the ribbon or wire through a bead that is on the end of the top row. Tie the ribbon or twist the wire so that it attaches to the bike set.
8 Ready to go!

To use as a door plate:
6. Cut and apply 4 pieces of adhesive sticker to the back corners of the license. Press the name plate on to door on desired location.

How to make an American Flag License Plate:
We kept the same basic measurements: 28 beads wide x 12-14 beads tall for our flags.
For the American Flag, starting with the top row: we placed 10 blue beads followed by 14 white beads to begin the American Flag Pattern. Work from the top down and

Row 1: 10 blue 18 white = 28 bead width
Row 2: 1 blue (b), 2 white (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) red until the end
Row 3: 2 blue (b), 2 white (w) 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) white until the end
Row 4:1 blue (b), 2 white (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) red until the end
Row 5:2 blue (b), 2 white (w) 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) white until the end
Row 6 :1 blue (b), 2 white (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) red until the end
Row 7:2 blue (b), 2 white (w) 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 1 (b), 1 (w), 2 (b) white until the end
Row 8-14: alternate full rows of color: starting with (row 8) being full red, row 9: all white, etc, until reaching row 14 when the pattern will be complete.

Use this same size standard for all of your favorite flags! 28 beads wide x 14 beads tall.

I'm adding an update: we're licensed for the road in Sweden, now, too!

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  1. This is really cute! I'm also never able to find my children's 3 names so this is so smart. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thank you so much! We had the same dilemma and I was so happy when I figured this out!


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