Woman gets arrested using a DIY license plate made out of cardboard

Woman Uses DIY License Plate Made Out Of Cardboard, Gets Arrested

Crafting is incredibly popular in the U.S. these days.

A quick Pinterest search will reveal suggestions on how to make anything and everything at home, ranging from extremely useful projects like DIY chair reupholstering to less useful (but still fun) crafts like DIY burlap wreaths.

But as any Pinterest maven knows, some projects are simply better left undone.

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy pulled over a woman in New York on Wednesday when he noticed he license plate just didn't look right.

Upon closer inspection, the officer discovered the "license plate" was actually just a phony crafted from cardboard and paint.

Though one may assume police admired her effort and creative vision, the driver, Amanda Schweickert, 28, was still arrested and charged with possessing a forged instrument, which is a felony offense.

Due to some other issues and violations -- Schwieckert was driving a car with a suspended registration and without insurance -- she was charged with one felony count of possessing a forged instrument, one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and three vehicle and traffic infractions.

As of Thursday afternoon, Schweickert was being held at the Erie County Holding Center, with bail set at $400.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department, not without a sense of humor, used the incident as an opportunity to remind people on Facebook of a lesson that shouldn't bear repeating: "homemade cardboard license plates are NOT legal."

In case you are wondering, homemade cardboard license plates are NOT legal.

Posted by Erie County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 3, 2016

*face palm*

Here are some (totally legal) DIY projects for your home:

DIY home decor: 7 projects that are worth the (minimal) effort
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Woman gets arrested using a DIY license plate made out of cardboard


Okay, so I don’t have a guest bedroom, and definitely won’t anytime soon, but when I do, I think this mid century daybed is definitely the way to go. To sum it up: 1. Cover your box spring with a cute cover or sheet. 2. Attach mid century legs. 3. You’re done. There are no more steps. 


This would also be a great solution for a studio apartment, just sayin’  

Image via Sugar & Cloth


Desks always seem to collect knick-knacks, so whether you just need a place to house all your loose items, or you need a mechanism to store your office supplies, these little gold catch-alls are the perfect solution

(Cough. I don’t actually have a desk yet, but when I DO, these are going to be high on my priority list!)  

Image via homeyohmy 


This DIY coat rack is something I’m pretty sure Dot & Bo would sell for like $400. Except the pieces of wood are basically broomsticks you can buy at the hardware store, with a bit of leather wrapping. I mean, really? Please be easier. DIY home decor at it’s finest, guys. I’m determined to find a place for this to go in my apartment. 

Image via A Pair and a Spare


I’m not even sure this can be considered a DIY seeing as it doesn’t require any steps, but isn’t that the best kind anyway!? 

I love the idea of using wooden crates as shelves on a desk. You could also hang them on the wall! I’m secretly thinking of doing this in our bathroom, but I haven’t shared this with Neal yet. (Shhhh.) 

Image via A Pair and a Spare 


This dipped flatware DIY is an amazing solution for that old second set of silverware you’ve got lying around. Wouldn’t it be cute for entertaining, or a BBQ? And so easy too–just dip, hang, and dry! 

Image via Lovely Indeed 


I can’t get over how easy this is, and why I had never thought of this previously! Who knew making your own neon word light would be such a snap. 

Although I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which word to use. I think “hello” is a safe bet though, don’t you think? Which word would you go with? 

Image via I Spy DIY 


And finally, the little beauties you saw above–gold leaf clipboards! I think this is such a fun way to hang art on your walls, and a great example of how something super simple can make a huge impact! (OR it would make a great little gift, don’t you think?) 

Image via Lovely Indeed


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