How to Hang Plates on the Wall

Joy Elizabeth
by Joy Elizabeth
3 Materials
10 Minutes

Since we moved in, all I did with our dining room was to add the table and chairs. It really looked empty! I added a sign and sconces I had, but it still seemed like it needed something more.

Don’t mind Maestro, he decided to hop into the photo!

I saw that empty space above the sign, and started wondering how to hang plates on the wall. I thought it would be an affordable way to add a little extra character to the dining room with what we already have in the house.

So I started exploring options to hang plates on the wall so the hangers are not visible. I found  ready made hangers like this available on Amazon. To save money, I opted not to purchase the plate hangers. Instead, I used just a few simple materials to hang my plates on the walls for free with materials I already had in the house. I first found the idea for this easy plate hanger trick from The Frugal Homemaker.

Materials to Hang Plates:

  • Large Paper Clip
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun
  • Felt
  • Small picture hangers


First, I bent the paper clip very slightly at the top where the hanger would be. Then, I checked the front of the plate and oriented before positioning the felt and paper clips. I cut the felt into small circles about the size of a silver dollar.

Next, I applied a generous dollop of hot glue to the plate. Immediately after applying the hot glue, I pushed the paper clip into the glue and placed the felt circle over the glue and paper clip.

Once the homemade hangers dry for a couple minutes, it is time to hang plates!

These little plates look so nice over the wooden sign. The wall definitely feels less empty.

I might not use this method on prized family heirlooms, but it worked amazing on my yard sale Mikasa!

Do you have any affordable wall decor ideas to share? If you love budget wall decor ideas, check out this post on a DIY TV gallery wall!

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  • Gigi Gigi on May 30, 2022

    What is the best hot glue to use to withstand heat or cold and the weight of the plates?

    • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 17, 2022

      I have a high heat gun now, but back when I did this, it was dollar store hot glue and a $5 glue gun. So, I think it's just a matter of applying the glue hot and giving it time to cool completely before hanging :)

  • Gigi Gigi on Jun 19, 2022

    Okay, thank you.