Many of you have asked me how I hung the plates in our dining room. Today I'm here to show you how! I actually used three different techniques in hanging them--two store bought and a DIY. I used the DIY method for most of the plates because it was the easiest and cheapest.
I used a traditional spring plate hanger for one plate. I bought it a long time ago when I decided that I wanted a plate wall so I decided to use it instead of keeping it sitting in my office. These run for about $3-7 for one. I've read that you can find them at the dollar store but I've never had any luck finding them there.
These are great because they are invisible unlike the traditional spring hanger. All you do is wet the back of the pad and wait until it's sticky and then place in on the back of your plate. Let it cure overnight to ensure a secure bond. I used these on my most precious plate and the heaviest plate. Hubs and I were gifted a plate from my great-aunt and uncle on our wedding. On the front of the plate is the church where we were married. I love love love it! The heaviest plate is 15" and really thick. I wanted to make sure that it was secured to the wall. I'm not trying to have a heart attack if it falls to the ground and breaks. These cost $1.99-$5.99 depending on the size you need.
Sandpaper (I didn't use it but I recommend it).
Note: You should complete this project in a well vented area to prevent inhalation of epoxy fumes.
Bend the top of the paperclips using the pliers. This will create a place for the nail to catch. Make sure the unbent part touches the plate completely (make the flat part flat and no bends. The photo below is bent on the flat part but I fixed it when it didn't lay flat on the plate).
Using sandpaper, etch the plate area where the paperclip will live. This will help the epoxy adhere. I didn't do this step and mine worked just fine but I recommend it if you are hesitant about this project.
Apply epoxy to plate (enough to coat the paperclip). You can be generous. It will be hidden. Let it cure overnight. I let mine sit for two days before hanging them.
Side note: I actually accidentally left all of the plates outside during a rainstorm while they were still drying but everything worked out. I was a little annoyed because I thought that my carelessness had ruined the project and NO ONE likes to start over.
To hang them on the wall I used small nails.
You can see the full plate wall and how it fits into our dining room decor (HERE).
If you complete a plate wall, send me a photo. I want to see!
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