So one of the things that you probably don’t know about me but should is that I am a HUGE Disney nerd. Specifically Beauty and the Beast. So a few years ago Disney released these limited edition Plates:
As soon as I saw them I knew that 1) I had to have them and 2) they were going to be decoration. Somewhere, Somehow.
But where would they go? I was living in a tiny apartment with a wild and crazy 5-year-old, so I needed somewhere secure, and out of reach, hard to find in a small apartment. So they sat in the box for YEARS (how long I don’t remember).
Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I was doing some spring cleaning ( a rare occasion in Trenton Estates) and lo and behold I find these plates stuffed in a china cabinet still in the box! Now at this point, I have graduated college, bought a house and have been living in said house for almost 2 YEARS! I had completely forgotten about these plates! So what’s a girl with ADHD going to do? Well, I pulled them out and stuck them right on the dining room table (you know the one that is never used as a table cause it’s covered in everyone’s crap? yeah that one). I walked by them every day for a week before I finally figured out what to do with them.
My flash of brilliance came this past weekend when I was searching the interwebs for some decorating ideas for plates. HANG THEM OF COURSE!! There are so many inspirational posts out there for hanging plates! Go check out my Pinterest Board if you would like to see some of them.
Ok great so I have the idea, I have lots of inspiration to choose from, but how the hell do you get plates on the wall? Well, guys, they have the hardware for that!!! I got mine at the new At Home Store in Warwick RI, but I found something similar on Amazon here.
They were surprisingly easy to install on the plates, as long as you have a little bit of strength (the springs are wicked tight). Once I got the plates ready to hang, I had to decide where I wanted them to go. Using all the inspiration from Pinterest (See link above), I knew that I wanted to cluster them together and obviously they needed to go in the dining room, cause who wouldn’t want to use dinnerware as decoration in the room you are supposed to be using dinnerware for its intended purpose (wow that came out awkward but try to find the joke in the awkwardness for me K?).
I used some blank printer paper (my plates were 8″ for comparison) and I traced out the plates and then cut them out. This would be especially helpful if you have plates that are differing sizes and/or shapes. I then used some double sided tape (or single sided rolled up works fine too), and I placed the templates on the wall where I thought I wanted them. The best part of the templates is that if I didn’t like the way it looked I could move them very easily. I played around with the arrangement until I got something that I found visually pleasing.
Then like any good procrastinator, I left them there for over a week. In hindsight, this served a very good purpose but in reality, I just got distracted and never finished the project. But the good is that every time I walked into the dining room (You have to walk through the dining room to get to living room from the kitchen) I saw the templates hanging and I actually did move them a few times to get better positioning. Had I not waited I would have either put lots of holes in my walls or hung plates that were crooked and out of place. Procrastination for the win!
Once I got the templates up and positioned where I wanted them. It was time to hang the actual plates. each hanging device will be slightly different on where you need to put the holes. I found a really easy solution using a bit of tooth paste. I just put a little dab on the bracket (which if you recall is attached to the plates already) and then held it up to the template so that the toothpaste transferred over to the template. I then had my mark for where i need the pin.
Once i got the mark on all 4 templates I hammered in the pin. There are two ways you can do this, you could hammer through the paper templates and then just tear them down around it Or you can put the pin in every so slightly as to make a mark through the paper and into the wall. Then you can take the paper down and the hammer in the pin where the mark was left. I did this for all 4 plates. The really easy part was last, once the pin and hook were in the wall, the plate and bracket just rests on the hook. a little finagaling to get the plates straight and we were done! All in All total time spent on this project was about an hour.
So there you have it! A quick and fairly simple Home Decoration DIY. The great thing about this project is that as I find more plates I can add to the design very easily. If you have any suggestions or ideas send them my way!
What do you think about Hanging Plates as home decor? Comment Below!