DIY: How to make Hanging Plate Wall Decor

DIY: How to make Hanging Plate Wall Decor


Hi, this is Rachel from chezlin.com, and today I’m going to show you how to take old plates and turn them into wall decor. So we took a trip to the thrift store the other day, and I found a set of plates that had botanical drawings on them of spices and herbs and I really like how they look. I thought it would be something cool to hang in my kitchen or my dining room. This is one of the plates that I bought. This is ginger, one of my favorites. There’s a little hanging thing that I’m going to show you how to make. I looked online and found plate hangers that are spring-loaded and they hold the plate by four points. I don’t like how you can see the little thing sticking out so I decided to try to figure out a way how to hang them without being able to see the hanging apparatus. I didn’t really care about being able to reuse these as plates later on because I just like the idea of having them as decoration. That’s why I chose to just glue them straight on. Now I made the little wire hanging things that I put on the back, but you could use safety pins, paper clips, really any kind of wire that is looped that you would be able to hang onto a nail. So let’s get started. Here are the things that you’ll need: Some plates, two-part epoxy, a disposable container, something to make a mark on the plates, a safety pin, a paper clip. Or, if you’re planning on making the hanger like I did, you’ll need: Wire, wire cutters, and needle nose pliers. To make the hanger, cut a length of wire about 6″, bend it in half in the middle, curl the ends of the wire up to make a shape that totally only looks like a pretty upside-down letter V. On the back of your plates, mark where you want to place the hanger. For some plate designs it doesn’t really matter much where the hanger will be, but for mine I wanted the word on the bottom, so I just eyeballed it and marked the spot directly across from the word on the back of the plate. Mix the two-part epoxy according to directions into a disposable container. I just used an old medicine measuring cup mix thoroughly. If you’re working on a large number of plates, I recommend mixing multiple batches of the epoxy as you need it. Since it is fast- setting you could end up with just a huge clump of half- set epoxy. Place the hangers where you want them on the back and apply the epoxy to the curled ends of the hanger. Repeat for all your plates. Let it cure for twenty-four hours or for as long as it says in the directions. Now all that’s left is to hang them up. I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s project. Please leave a Like. Subscribe. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment down below. I’d love to see your pictures if you decide to do any of my projects. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram. I’ll leave those links in the description box below. I hope you all enjoyed.

23 thoughts on “DIY: How to make Hanging Plate Wall Decor

  1. I have to hang 27 plates in my dining room and plate hangers run $5.00 per hanger.  I don't want to spend that much so I decided to check out videos on hanging plates for half the cost.  I love your video and your ingenious way to hang plates. I live in an earthquake area. Would this hold up in a small quake? How much weight can the two part apoxy handle? Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amelia, thanks for checking out my video, I'm glad you liked it! I have zero experience with earthquakes, but I do know that the two part epoxy is extremely strong. I'm not sure how much weight the epoxy can handle, but I'm pretty sure the packaging for it says "3200 psi" on it. Pretty strong! (Also, I tried to reply directly to you but it's not letting me, sorry! Hope you end up coming back to see this.)

  3. A nice simple solution that avoids those ugly hooks showing. I will try your idea to hang some decorative tiles I have been meaning to put up for ages.

  4. Hello! This is so nice. Will share my video with you when I make one after learning through this video. I just joined your channel with pleasure! Would you like to reciprocate? I look forward to seeing you on my channel, I create hanging plates wall decor out of recycled ceramic and melamine plates.

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