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Wire Plate Hangers

Martha Stewart Living, October 1998

If you're inspired to display your favorite plates on the wall, make sure the hangers that support them don't detract from their beauty. Unlike many store-bought hangers, the ones shown here can be made to accommodate any size or shape you want to display. Start with annealed iron wire -- we used 18-gauge. This wire is particularly soft and pliable and can easily be manipulated to fit around any plate. Using wire cutters, cut two pieces of wire 3 inches longer than the diameter of your plate (the plate shown here is 6 1/4 inches). Bend one piece into a V shape. Twist the second wire to make a loop in the center; this loop will be used to attach the hanger to a wall hook. Feed one end of the V-shaped wire through the loop. The V should hang upside down and rest on the bottom of the loop. Twist the V wire around itself once to secure. Position the wires on the plate so the top of the loop hits the edge of the plate's base. Holding the wires in position, wrap each one tightly around the rim to the front of the plate. Clip the ends of the wire to a uniform length. Using small needle-nose pliers, twist the ends around to form a decorative loop. For very large or heavy plates, additional wires may be necessary.

Comments (6)

  • 30 Sep, 2011

    You can remove the wire from a piece of electrical wire with pliers. Cut pieces and cover the ends that touch the plate. Pick a neutral colored wire that will not detract from the beauty of your plate.

  • 21 May, 2010

    Just be careful with thel plates you use. The wire can damage the glaze on the plate as I have found to my cost so don't use your expensive pieces!

  • 29 Aug, 2009

    To add a cup to a saucer run an extra wire with a hook for the cup, or run a wire through the handle

  • 17 Aug, 2009

    this is great but I also want to hang up the tea cups with the saucers. Does anyone have any idea for those also

  • 17 Aug, 2009

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas everyday! I have recently moved into a spacious apartment in a downtown area, and couldn't be happier with the ideas you give me! Keep up the wonderful work Martha Team!

  • 27 Mar, 2009

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! JUST THIS MORNING, I WAS GOING OUT TO BUY 3 OF THESE!!! I WENT OUT TO MY GARAGE INSTEAD, AND MADE THESE IN LESS THAN 30 MIN. HOW EASY!!! AND INEXPENSIVE!!! FIT TIGHT TOO!!!!!
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