I recently added a small plate wall to my dining area. I had some cute white and green plates that I knew I was never going to use to eat on, and I thought they would be a nice accent in my mostly white dining area.
I researched how to hang the plates before starting. Seems like the most common options are specialty-made plate hangers, which I didn’t really want to go out and buy. Plus, I don’t like how they squeeze the plates so tight, and how the plates hang away from the wall on them. I also saw some rubber plate hangers, which didn’t get rave reviews in the articles I read (they sometimes came off the plates, leaving a disaster behind). I decided to craft my own plate holder by making a simple hook out of strong wire, and gluing the loops to the backs of the plates with E6000 glue. I let them dry for a whole day before hanging the plates. They seem very sturdy, so I’m crossing my fingers that this is a good long-term solution.
As far as the arrangement of the plates on the wall goes, I decided that rather than wing the placement (which is my usual style), I would make templates out of newsprint to test the placement on the wall. After tracing each plate onto the paper and cutting out the templates, I simply taped the paper templates to the wall until I had an arrangement that I liked. Then I measured where the hook was glued to the plate, marked that spot on the template, and nailed right through the template into the wall.
Then all that was left was to rip the templates off the wall and hang the plates!
I am still planning on adding a white plate or two that I have since found at thrift stores, so my simple little plate wall will grow some. I really do love having these pretty dishes out in plain sight where I can enjoy them every day!