How to Hang a Vintage Plate Wreath

Hang a vintage plate wreath on the wall for a whole new look! I'm sharing a temporary way to create a wall wreath using blue and white vintage dishes and my method of hanging them on the wall.
blue and white plate wreath

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Hello there friend. I hope you're doing well this week!

I am learning a new workflow after my external hard drive crashed and I had to get a new computer! I am not someone who enjoys change (or understands technology very well), and this has been difficult and frustrating!

But...I can do hard things!

This is my first post that I'm writing on my new laptop, and I have to say that I'm enjoying the speed!

All that to say that I meant to get this (and other posts) up sooner, but life slammed on the brakes and I had no choice but to stop for awhile.

Hanging a vintage plate wreath on the wall

I am very excited to share this post with you today because it combines two of my home decor loves...vintage dishes and wreaths! Oh, and a gorgeous frame.

I've been drooling over wreaths made with dishes for awhile, and couldn't wait to hang my own. I decided to make a plate wreath using my collection of vintage blue and white dishes but I didn't quite have enough of the salad plate size.

I sold some stuff, shopped around and purchased some vintage plates I found here and here.

Once I had enough plates, I was ready to hang my wreath!

What is a plate wreath?

A plate wreath is exactly what it sounds like...a wreath made using plates! You can see my inspiration here and here.

There are many ways to hang a plate wreath and this is what we're exploring today. The last wreath I linked to above was made by attaching small dishes to an actual wreath base so the whole thing could be moved.

While I love that look, I wanted my wreath to be temporary...easy to hang and easy to revert to what I had before.

How to hang a plate wreath with the least amount of damage

I knew I wanted the plate wreath hung in my dining room. I have a gorgeous white painted French frame (click here to see what it looked like when I bought it at a yard sale) that Mr DIY and I turned into a chalkboard and I knew it would be the perfect backdrop for a vintage plate wreath.

I measured the frame and cut poster board to that size so I was able to design my wreath on a flat surface before hanging it on the wall. I loved the look of overlapping plates, and had enough of the smaller butter pats and saucers to make it work.

laying out the design

Initially I thought I would simply hammer small nails to the chalkboard and hang the dishes from plate hangers. Easy peasy I thought.

plate hangers and nails

Until Mr DIY realized what I was planning and he reminded me that the chalkboard was thin MDF and the nails would not really be supported.

He suggested that I use Alien Tape, but when I read the instructions it said it could be difficult to remove and cause some damage to surfaces. It wasn't really ideal for a temporary application.

I mulled it over a little and came up with a brilliant plan (or so I thought). I would use Command Strips on my plates because I knew they're easy to remove, and I'd mount the Alien Tape to the top and stick that to the chalkboard.

Alien Tape and Command strips

I hung all the plates this way.

plate wreath hung on chalkboard

After the plates were hung, I was really nervous about them falling down. Here in humid Texas, Command hooks have been known to fall off the wall as the humidity breaks down the adhesive.

I had visions of all my dishes crashing to the floor and I knew I just couldn't risk it.

I had to rethink my plan for hanging these plates!

Simple solution


A simple solution that came to me was to remove the chalkboard from the frame, hang the frame back up and hang the plates inside the frame.

empty frame

It meant small nail holes in the wall, but once I'm tired of the wreath, the chalkboard will be reattached and those nail holes won't be visible. Of course, it's easy to fill nail holes and cover them with a dab of house paint if necessary!

So down came the chalkboard and up went the plates. I ended up not overlapping any of the dishes with smaller ones, I just kept it very simple. Sometimes when you're just doing a temporary decor or design, simple is best!

plate wreath with vintage dishes

I did end up hanging a greenery wreath in the center of the plate wreath as it just looked a little too bare without something extra there.


plate wreath in dining room

plate wreath hung inside open frame

Later this week I'll share my dining room table and you'll get to see how it all comes together with a focus on vintage blue and white dishes. You can click here to see my blue and white decoupage chargers that I made for my Spring table.

Looking for more Spring wreath tutorials? Click here to see my flower pot wreath with moss and flowers, and the Spring wreath with blush pink flowers I made last year.

Have you ever hung a plate wreath? I'd love to know how you did it! If you're inspired to hang one after reading my experience, please do let me know! And if I scared you off from every hanging one, I want to know that too! 😄


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  1. It turned out great! I love that you shared all of your trial and error. The blue and white is gorgeous!
    Kelly @thetatteredpew

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    1. Thanks Kelly, there was definitely a learning curve, LOL! I'm so glad you like it!

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  2. It is beautiful. You have fantastic ideas, and you are very down to earth when you share. I feel like I am reading from a friend! Terry from Maryland

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    1. Aww, thank you Terry, that is the BEST compliment you could give me!! ❤

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  3. Adorable! You are often a season before my plans, seriously.

    First the flower pot wreath and this one. I have many of both my grandmothers tea cups and saucers.

    I have been planning on making either a small tea cup wreath or tea cup saucer wreath since Christmas.

    Don't want you to think I'm stealing 🙂

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    1. I really wanted to include the smaller plates too but didn't want to put too many holes in my wall!

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  4. I’m so stealing your idea! I already have a frame hanging on the wall and have been thinking about creating a wreath with blue and white plates but I couldn’t decide how to do it. I have some large platters hanging with the disc hangers. I was fearful that our humidity would cause them to come crashing down but so far, so good.

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  5. I’m so stealing your idea! I already have a frame hanging on the wall and have been thinking about creating a wreath with blue and white plates but I couldn’t decide how to do it. I have some large platters hanging with the disc hangers. I was fearful that our humidity would cause them to come crashing down but so far, so good.

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