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How-to Make Plate Hangers

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How to make DIY plate hangers using paper clips.

Back in 1994 I wrote a book entitled, Instant Decorating. It was a project driven how-to book using the tips and tricks I learned as a display designer.

Display designers use simple, unconventional methods to minimize time, expense, and effort. I basically had to rely on ingenuity to get the job done.

No curtain rod for a display window – I would have to figure out a way to hang it without purchasing a rod, while still making it look stylish – a wire coat hanger worked well. I learned early in my career that what you can’t see can easily be faked-which leads me to this project… plate hangers.

I love to use plates as wall décor, not only are they decorative, and easy to change, but they are also inexpensive to buy at flea markets and retailers like Home Goods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.

This trick to make plate hangers works well for hanging desert size or lightweight plates, not heavy plates or platters. It is as simple as hot-gluing a paperclip to the back of a plate.

How to use a paper clips to make plate hangers

How To Make a Plate Hanger Using a Paper Clip

supplies needed:

  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
  • Paperclip or Safety Pin, Pop Top, or Metal Washer

1.  Lightly roughen up the area on the back of the plate where you are going to attach the paper clip with sandpaper or an emery board. The best place is usually right under the rim.

2.  Make sure the area is clean and dry.

3.  Bend the paper clip a little to create the hook.

Plate-hanger made with a paper clip

4. Place a bit of hot glue the size of the paperclip on the back of the plate and holding the bent portion of the paperclip (don’t burn yourself) quickly press the paper clip into the hot glue.

How to make a plate hanger using a paper clip

  1. Add more hot glue onto the top of the paperclip and wait until it is cool before handling the plate.Once cooled, hang the plate.
Plate Wall Hanging Ideas

These decorative saucers have been hanging on this wall with paperclips for approximately 10 years. I have taken them down to clean, paint the wall, and to create different arrangements with them from time to time. The paperclips have never come off.

If you don’t have a paper clip, try a soda pop top, or a metal washer, or a safety pin.

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DIY Plate Hanger you can make in minutes with two things.

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41 Comments

  1. What a wonderful idea
    Yesterday I purchased some small white saucer size plates for my wall and I am THRILLED to have read this idea~
    Thank you for sharing and I am now a follower of your site~ it is AWESOME

  2. I think your idea is genius! I detest those wire hangers. Recently I attached some hangers called “D” hangers from the hardware store to the backs of some silverplate trays. I used E-6000 and it worked very well.

  3. Great idea! I honestly don’t care for the regular plate hangers. This method allows the beauty of the plate to show without the typical ‘metal and wires’.

  4. Hi Pat- I came up with the idea because the plates were small and all the plate hangers I found were too big. I agree with you that wire plate hangers with the springs on the back can take away from the plates design. Thanks for the comment.