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Plate Wall Decor DIY

How to Hang Plates Like a Pro

Decorating with plates is an inexpensive way to create a huge statement in a room. You can experiment with combining flea-market finds with heirloom pieces and even the occasional modern plate for an eclectic feel.

Before you get started, there are a few steps you should learn, so you don't wind up with shattered materials for a mosaic instead. While you can just hang a trio evenly spaced on a wall, you can make a bigger statement if you group them in a more unique arrangement. Here's what you do. . .

  • Lay a large piece of craft paper (or even tape a few pieces together) on the floor, the size of the space where you'd like to hang them.
  • Place around with the arrangement of the plates on the paper before you begin hanging them. Once you've settled on design, trace the plates onto the paper. If you want a more traditional look, go with a symmetrical arrangement. For something more eclectic, arrange them asymmetrically, in a flowing pattern or a cluster as shown here.
  • Leave a half a foot or so between the arrangement and the ceiling to give it visual balance.
  • Use your traced paper as a guide to mark the placement of each plate on the wall with a pencil.
  • Then, hang away! For a free-floating look, you can use these heavy-duty, peel-and-stick Disc Hangers, which are available in range of sizes. Or, you can use a traditional wire plate hanger, readily available at your local hardware store. In either case, you'll need to hammer a nail into the wall to hang it from, and remember to adjust your marks on the wall according to where the plate hanger's hook is.
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nevamenam nevamenam 1 year

Good setting and great picks. These look Victorian and some
of the plate designs might have stories and history behind them like the one
with the cow and the one with the ship. I like the floating look. It makes me concentrate
on the setting from left to right or right to left. I think the asymmetrical design also
looks wonderful in the sense that it provokes quick reasoning to view the
plates on the wall. Good job, keep it up.

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