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
- 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?