Look no further than the kitchen shelves for beautiful and charming wall decor. Read on to find out how to hang plates on the wall, easily and affordably with this simple DIY hack.
Plates on a wall.
Who’d a thought, huh??
I mean, the concept seems a bit un-natural, but then you put them up there and all is right with the world.
I often find unique plates when thrifting, and have no purpose for the .50 cent item with no matching set to be found, but find myself unable to resist the purchase.
So I buy them, find myself an empty wall, and smile at my incredibly easy, affordable, unique and charming new wall decor that has helped me achieve a darling cottage farmhouse backdrop.
However, through the years I’ve learned not all plate hanging methods are created equal.
I’ve spent money on sticky things and metal things that claimed to do the job, but finally landed on this simple DIY plate hanging hack for secure and clean placement of the plates on the wall.
Let me walk you through my process and list all the household supplies you will need to hang your own plate or collection wherever you desire.
I’ll also include some plate casualty “do not do’s” and offer my suggestions to make this a semi-permanent method.
- A plate or plate collection
- Small amount of felt
- Medium size safety pin
- Do not use paper clips. While they seem to accomplish the same purpose, I’ve lost a few plates trying.
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Do NOT try to use duck tape. Just trust me on this one.
Cut a small square of felt to overlap the safety pin about 1/2 inch around each side.
Determine your placement for the plate to hang and add a small strip of hot glue along the inside rim of the back of the plate. Place the safety pin upside down onto the glue with 1/2 inch of the bottom of the pin pointing upwards. The round circle on the bottom of the pin should be pointing to the top of the plate.
*TIP: Be certain your glue gun is heated completely and that the glue is not too old. It will not adhere appropriately otherwise.
Next, squeeze out a large amount of hot glue over the pin and around it on the plate itself.
Ever so quickly, press the felt square over the top of the glue and safety pin. Press firmly in place until the glue dries and cools.
Once completely dry, pull and tug at the safety pin, to ensure a strong hold onto the plate.
*TIP: If it is not secure, remove the entire thing and all the glue bits and try again. Don’t try to simply add more hot glue to the already dry glue.
*TIP: If you ever desire to remove the felt and pin, use a blow dryer on the hottest setting to melt or soften the glue, and gently pull it off.
To hang the plate, first figure out the exact placement on the wall, mark it with a small dot, and hammer a small nail into the wall.
Be sure to hang the plate onto the nail through the small circle at the bottom of the safety pin, which will prevent easy slippage.
There you have it! So easy! Next time you see a lovely collection of plates up for grabs, use them to create interesting wall art in small or large proportions.
*FINAL TIP: You could use really strong super glue as well, but then I believe the felt and pin will be on there permanently or do more damage if you try to remove it. The hot glue stands a good chance at coming off at some point, which is why I use that instead.
What do you think of hanging plates on a wall? Have you ever tried it? Do you prefer a different method? Do you have the perfect wall or plate collection for this idea?
I’d love to know! Let’s chat!
Come back soon!