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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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