• Jill Crowe

How to Make a Showstopping Plate Wall

Anyone can hang a few plates here and there, but have you ever dreamed of a beautiful plate WALL?

It's not that hard!

All you'll need is:

  1. Measure the area for your plate wall.

  2. Cut and tape together your craft paper to be that size.

  3. Lay your plates onto the paper in the pattern you'd like. Take your time with this step to make sure it's how you want it. Consider the pattern. How light or dark it is. Consider adding in salad plates or saucers for variation. Once you have the layout you want, keep them there.

  4. Trace around each plate.

  5. Put a piece of painter's tape on each plate.

  6. Number your plates on the tape.

  7. Then write the same numbers beside each plate. i.e. plate number 1 has a 1 on its tape as well as on the paper beside it. This ensures that the plate you want goes where you want it once the paper is transferred to the wall.

  8. Remove the plates from the paper and transfer your paper to the wall. Tape it to the wall with painter's tape.

  9. Next, get your adhesive plate hangers. To activate the glue, moisten your finger in a bowl of water and rub it onto the back of the hanger. Press it firmly on the back of your plate.

  10. Repeat for all of your plates and let them dry overnight.

  11. Once they've dried, take your plates over to your paper on the wall. Begin with the first plate. Hold it up to its circle on the paper. Feel behind the plate to see where your hanger is and where a nail would go. Hold your finger there while you hand the plate back to your helper. Take a pencil and mark where your finger is. This will be where you'll drill your anchors and nail into the wall for that plate.

  12. Drill a hole into the spot you've marked. Insert your anchor into the hole. You may need to tap it with a hammer. Screw the screw into the anchor, leaving enough for your plate hook to hang on.

  13. Repeat step 12 for all of your plates. You've got this.

  14. Hurray! You have all of your plates hung, but now we need to remove the paper behind it. The safest way to do this is by removing each plate one-by-one and trimming away the paper behind it. Once you've trimmed behind a plate, put it back on the wall. You don't want to mix them up!.

  15. You've finished trimming away your paper and created a beautiful plate wall. Congratulations!

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