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Bicycle License Plate Craft

If you are doing a cycling theme with Cub Scouts, they might enjoy making their own bicycle license plates. They can put their names on them or decorate them however they like.

I saw this at a bike rodeo once and they were really simple. Even if they weren’t perfect, they kids seemed to really enjoy doing them. Our pack might do a bike rodeo this fall, so I will offer to do this as a station at the event.

Bicycle License Plate Craft

license plate craft


  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines
  • Pen or pencil
  • Permanent markers (multiple colors are the most fun)
  • Ice pick or awl
  • Twine


  1. Cut a 3 inch by 5 inch piece of aluminum from the pie plate. (This doesn’t have to be exact. Just make it big enough to work on and approximately license plate shaped.)
  2. Place it on an old magazine, so there is some “give” underneath it when pressed upon.
  3. Using a  pen or pencil, press the name or design onto the aluminum.
  4. Use the markers to color the plate.
  5. Punch a hole in both of the top ends with the ice pick or awl.
  6. Cut a piece of twine to about twelve inches.
  7. Attach the license plate to the bicycle by threading the twine through the holes and knotting the ends.
  8. Cut off any excess twine.
  9. Ride with pride!

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cycling theme for cub scouts

Cycling Theme for Cub Scouts

Riding a bike is a fun activity for all ages. Even younger Cub Scouts can have fun showing their skills by riding on a parking lot course. Training wheels optional! Use these ideas for this cycling theme for Cub Scouts to promote personal fitness through bicycle riding with your den or pack.

Bike Rodeo Ideas

A bike rodeo generally consists of a series of stations which the youth rotate through. There might be bike inspections, safety checks, and crafts. And then there will be some skills stations where they ride their bikes. See some ideas.


2 responses to “Bicycle License Plate Craft”

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    Nicole Tom

    I’d like to make DIY bike license plate for bike with Nita 6/13/20 on license plate Ruby 3/22/11 Bluebell 3/22/13

    1. Nicole Tom Avatar
      Nicole Tom

      Mortis 6/13/20 on license plate with date name

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