I hope you dont mind if I add a few pics to this thread, I just got my 4th $105 'no plates' ticket, I swear the meter maids know where I live & come look for my car >.>
Finally got around to putting my front license plate on....
I tried to replicate this binder clip method, it worked really well! It feels quite sturdy... Ill use it everyday. If it falls off Ill update this post and let you know
I used a piece of felt between the bracket & the bummer as the OP suggested, and I used 2 large binder clips (medium was too small for this generic bracket), 2 screws, & some 3M double sided tape just in case the 2 screws ever got loose (unlikely) from the bracket. The tape wasn't really necessary since it didn't affect the adhesion of the bracket to the bumper, just the plate to the bracket itself. The 2 screws do NOT go into the bumper.
$.50 for 2 binder clips
$7 for generic plastic license plate bracket, included 2 screws
$5 3M double-sided tape (you dont need this)
$15 knockoff metal Infintini license plate frame from Ebay (you dont need this either)
so $7.50 will cover it if you go bare bones.
#1 "the before"
#2 removed the tow hook cover
#3 used the felt piece behind everything, and it was actually kinda tricky to get both clips on, due to the clip arms and such, had to make a few attempts. Once the clip is on though, you can remove the little arms entirely so that the plate attaches more flush to the bracket
#4 pic of the 3M Indoor/Outdoor double-sided tape I used
#5 I only used the tape because I dont totally trust that the 2 screws will stay in the bracket forever. The tape has nothing to do with the adhesion of the bracket to the car. Ready to add the plate & frame.
#6 all done, screwed the outer license plate frame into the plastic bracket witht 2 screws-- the 2 screws do NOT go into the bumper.
Cheers, and thanks for the idea!