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How to Make a Personalised Licence Plate for a Stroller - Pram - Pushchair
Great Gifts for Mother and Baby
If you have been searching for a unique and personalised baby gift, then look no further:
Design and create a trendy stroller/pushchair number plate. An Ideal baby gift for christenings, gifts for boys or girls. They make fantastic first Christmas presents or baby birthday gifts.
These will also look great above the garden shed or the dog's kennel, for example: The Dog House or Man Cave.
I first thought about making these when some Spanish friends asked me to be godfather to their son, so I wanted to come up with a unique gift, something different in a Spanish village and they loved it. Of course it's not been put on the pram it is pride of place on a shelf waiting one day to be a door plaque.
There are several ways to create your lettering and pictures.
Letters can be printed off in reverse put underneath the plastic (as it is transparent) and drawn around with a marker pen ready to hand paint.
Print off on card and using a craft knife cut out the letters so that you can use this as a template for spraying.
Using a computer word program type out your name and expand it to the size of the plaque, then place paper over the screen (the room should be dark) and trace around or place the plastic plaque straight up to the screen and draw around - ready to hand paint.
The alternative if you have the means or a vinyl decal printer is to print in reverse transfers to stick onto the plastic.
Ideal sizes for your licence plates
Size (250cm x 75cm) or (300cm x 100cm) Thickness: 2mm or 3mm
10inches x 3inches - 12inches x 4inches
The painted letters are on the back of the plaque so the front is just plastic and protects the paint and reflects the light at night adding a safety element to them.
Personalised novelty plates with many uses
- Attach to a baby’s stroller/pushchair
- A child’s room decor - door
- Pet enclosure, kennels, cage
- Shed - Garage
- Golf car / buggy
- Quad bike
- Child’s ride on toys
- Tree house - den
Plate ideasClick thumbnail to view full-size
What you will need
Perspex or Acrylic Sheet
Saw or angle grinder
Drill - drill bit
Paint brush and pallet
The picture here is examples that can be painted on the plaques along with the child's name.
Materials and tool items all in one place.
This is the budget version.
Cut the plastic to size using a wood saw, hack saw or angle grinder.
Drill two small holes 50cm an inch in from each edge this is for attaching.
Sandpaper the edges and rub down the corners to remove sharp edges - I used an angle grinder and rounded the edges, I also use a hand sander for ease and speed.
When sanding be careful not to score the faces of the plastic.
Mask off the edges equally about 2mm if you are putting a line around the plaque and paint.
Place the template on the plastic and mark it out or tape it in position so you can paint on the opposite side using the letters as a guide.
Paint it in reverse in your chosen colour and leave to dry, once dry paint over it in white, let dry and give it another coat.
The final coat should be a liberal coating of PVA to seal and harden.
Trace letters from your computer screen
A quick way to transfer a name or image onto the perspex is by creating it in a word programme on your computer expand it to the size you require offer the perspex up to the screen and trace with a marker pen, then paint it on the reverse side
Paint you will need at a great price
Chains for fixing to strollers/pushchairs
Any of these can be used:
Cast Acrylic Sheet
Any plastic that is 2mm or more
Vinyl decal printer option
Once you have transferred the letters onto the perspex, paint two coats of acrylic paint and one coat of PVA glue.
Remember to print off the letters in reverse.
Another baby gift idea with plastic
Plastic and acrylic go well together to create other gifts like this christening plaque.
A caricature of the baby boy with his weight, time of birth and date of birth, a great keepsake.