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 what 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.
Update: These plates have been on the wall for almost two years now with two rowdy boys, and they are still going strong!
Hot Glue Application Tips
- If you realize you have to shift the paper clip at all after the initial couple seconds of placement: let the glue dry, peel it and start fresh. Better safe than sorry!
- Do not “try again” over dried hot glue. Hot glue does not bond well to itself! (Don’t ask me how I know!)
- If you peel the felt off to realign, use fresh felt when reapplying. This ensures you get a strong, fresh bond.
I might not use this method on prized family heirlooms, but it works amazing on my yard sale Mikasa!
Do you have any affordable wall decor ideas to share?