You can make cheap number plates in a few minutes using a few common household items. Number plates are used in racing to identify the individual drivers by the digits they display. Making your own number plate allows you to choose the racer number and customise the colours in the design. Attach an inexpensive number plate to the crossbar between the handlebars of a bicycle to give it the authentic look of a racing bike.
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Things you need
- Large plastic dinner plate
- Flexible foam sheet
- Cutting board
- Utility knife
- Stencil (optional)
- High-strength or high-tack spray adhesive
- Permanent markers (optional)
- Single hole punch
- Cable ties
Cut the raised or scalloped edges of the plastic dinner plate away so that you are left with a flat plastic surface. Hold the flat disc in position over the proposed mounting location to make a decision about the best possible shape. Trim the flat plastic plate until you are satisfied with how the form looks when held in place.
Place a thin foam sheet on a cutting board and cut out the number or numbers you want on the number plate. Using a stencil will give the letters a more uniform look that is easier to read from a distance.
Move to a well-ventilated location. Flip the cutout foam number or numbers over and spray them with a thin layer of spray adhesive. Immediately position the numbers on the plastic plate with their tacky side facing down.
Press down all over the foam number or numbers to squeeze out air bubbles and make full contact between the two materials. Add details and outlines to the number plate with permanent markers after the adhesive has dried for five minutes.
Punch holes about half an inch in from the corners or edges of the plate so that it can be mounted. Pull cable ties through the holes and attach the number plate in at least three places. Trim away the excess length of the cable ties for a clean look.
Tips and warnings
- A couple coats of clear spray varnish will give the number plate a shiny look and make it easier to clean when it gets covered in grime.
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