Using Plates as Wall Art

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Ever since we moved into our house 5 years ago, I’ve been struggling to figure out how to style our dining room wall. I LOVE gallery walls, but I can never seem to find exactly what I’m looking for, so it never ends up happening for me. I got an idea to try to style my wall with plates, and I went for it.
I headed to thrift stores and found most of my plates there. I ended up getting 20 plates for $16! Score! (I didn’t use them all, so I just donated the ones I didn’t use back to the stores I got them from.)
I started by laying out the plates in a pattern on the floor. I cut a piece of paper to represent where the mirror would be. It was crucial that I took a picture because I ended up referring back to it a bunch while I was hanging them on the wall.
After I figured out what plates I was using, I put the hangers on the plates. The wire plate hangers drive me crazy because you can see the wire around the plate when you hang them. I found Plate Hangers at Hobby Lobby that adhere to the back of plates. You can also get them on Amazon here. Specifically for hanging plates on the wall. No visible hanger. Perfect.
Next I traced each plate on paper and cut them out. I laid out the pattern with the cut out paper on the wall first so I could make sure I liked it.
I used the same process to hang the plates that I used in my How To Hang Wall Art Perfectly the First Time post.
I love this because I feel like I can continue to add to it if I want to!

Suggested materials:

  • Plates   (Thrift Stores)
  • Plate Hangers   (Hobby Lobby)

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  • Bar15874827 Bar15874827 on Aug 07, 2017
    Everything is nice. What glue did you use to stick the plates to the hall?

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Jul 09, 2018

    I love it ...but where did you get that table runner ?....I love it

  • Grandma Pat Grandma Pat on Apr 04, 2020

    Love it, but I'm more interested in the mirror. Was this a DIY? If so, how did you do it?


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  • Beth Jenkins Sowell Beth Jenkins Sowell on Jul 09, 2018

    Can I suggest a less expensive option for hanging plates? All you need is a soda tab and hot glue. Bend the tab a bit, hot glue it to the plate and use the ring to hang the plate on a nail.

  • Wendy Sharrock Villaman Wendy Sharrock Villaman on Aug 18, 2018

    Loved this idea. My dining room will be painted a country blue but until then I had to try this to see how I liked it. Love it!