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Hanging Plates How-To


Mapping out your arrangement with templates will help keep holes in the walls to a minimum. There are many types of hangers to choose from. Look for ones that are sturdy but discreet, letting the plate itself do the showing off. For delicate antiques, use a V-shaped hanger instead of a spring-operating one, which can put too much pressure on the rim.


  • Plates
  • Kraft paper
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Wax pencil
  • Ruler
  • Blue painters' tape
  • Picture hook


  1. Step 1


    Turn each plate over onto kraft paper, and trace its edges with a wax pencil; cut out. Use templates to try different formations.

  2. Step 2

    Tape templates to wall.

  3. Step 3


    Carefully attach an appropriately sized plate hanger to the back of each dish. (If necessary, bend back hanger clips slightly to prevent them from scratching the plate.)

  4. Step 4

    Place plate over template, and mark where the hook will go on the template. Hammer the hook directly through template; remove paper and hang plate.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006


Reviews (1)

  • kparise 2 Aug, 2010

    fantastic! you can try this with hanging pictures as well for placement, awesome!