tricks for hanging difficult plates

 Yesterday, I shared how to make mercury glass plates – and while they’re beautiful, they were a booger to hang! So, I wanted to share how I actually got them up on the wall. With a couple of tricks, it was easy, and they’re safe and secure.

Originally, I wanted to use those glue on disc hangers, but…… ummmm…. they just pulled the paint off. I might have cried a little (or a lot) over ruining a just finished project. So, I painted it again and had to reroute my thinking so I could get them up on the wall.

I finally broke down and got the metal wire plate hangers – but I didn’t want them to scratch my pretty plates, so I cut a piece of felt to protect the plate from the wire hanger. Easy enough – just install the hanger over the felt pad and now I could get it up. Well almost.

When I went to put it on the nail, the lip of the plate wouldn’t fit onto the nail. See, I told you it wasn’t easy stuff. Good thing I’m persistent, huh?

 I took simple metal ornament hangers and bent one around the lip where the nail is supposed to go, making a hoop to hang on the nail. And it worked!

I used a nail with a head, just to give it a little more insurance to not come crashing down. After nearly a month of door slamming, foot stomping teenagers, I can happily report that not a single dish has fallen.

Sometimes you just have to keep re-routing those ideas until you get where you need to go – that was definitely one of the tricks to getting these beauties up on the wall.

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. That is great thinking!!!

  2. Good for you Gina..And such a simple fix!!

  3. I love the way you always solve the problem so easily. I, instead, ordered those big yellow stick on backs at $4 each plus shipping and would you believe that they wouldn’t stick. You are such a genius.

  4. Cynthia Stewart says:

    I use those hangers all the time but rarely just trust a nail. I like to use the picture hooks to capture that wire…and if the wire doesn’t protrude enough for that you can usually bend it. I love that you added the felt to protect the plates. I will definitely be doing that from now on as well.

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