DIY Invisible Plate Hangers Tutorial
Invisible plate hangers or adhesive disk hangers, as they are sometimes called, are wonderful to use for hanging plates on your walls. They are a fairly new type of plate hanger that will display your plates safely but without showing any of the hardware like traditional plate hangers.
Since I had about nine plates I had saved up over time that I wanted to hang in a group on my dining room wall, I really needed some plate hangers and preferred the invisible disk kind but in my opinion, they were a bit pricey and I didn't want to spend lots of money on them. These plates are not expensive plates, just ones I had picked up at Thrift shops and Dollar stores but I still wanted them to be safely secured to the wall. So after putting my thinking cap on, I gathered some things I already had and decided to make my own invisible plate hangers and I'm really happy with how they turned out. The hangers are strong and stable and I am confident that they will stay right there on the wall until I take them down. The only downside to making your own is that once the hanger is on, it's on for good. You won't have the option to take the hanger back off like you can with the store bought adhesive disc ones but if you are planning to use the plate for wall hanging only this tutorial is a great option for you.
If you follow every step exactly, you should have no problems. The E6000 glue used for this project is an industrial strength glue and let me tell you, it's heavy duty. I have even used it to glue glass pieces together and it works like a charm. Just be sure to use it in a well ventilated area.
Supplies You Will Need:
- Dinner plate, salad plate or saucer
- Sandpaper or Dremel with sanding/grinding bit
- Rubbing alcohol
- E6000 industrial strength glue
- Wire or paper clips, jute or other durable cord
- Pen or dowel rod- or anything round like these
- Wide grosgrain ribbon or other durable fabric
Illustrations for wire and juteClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step One - Construct Your Hanger
First thing I did was assemble the hangers. For some of the plates I used wire but for most I used the jute. I would have used jute for all of them but I didn't think about it until I had already used wire on a few. I think they both work great but the jute was just quicker and easier to work with.
If you want to use wire: I cut my wire into pieces about 4 inches long. You could straighten out a paper clip and use it the same way. I then wrapped the wire twice around a Sharpie marker. This makes the loop for your hanger. I then twisted the ends together. Now it's ready to be mounted on the plate.
If you want to use jute or similar: Cut pieces that are 3 to 4 inches long.
Then I took some 3" wide grosgrain ribbon, cut it into triangles and singed the edges so they wouldn't fray. If you don't have grosgrain ribbon, any durable fabric will do. So cut some of these and sit them aside.
Rough it upClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step Two - Preparing the Plate
The best place to put these type of hangers is in the middle top portion of the plate (see photo) so I marked the spot on the plate where the actual hanger part would go and then directly under that in the space of about two inches wide to an inch deep, I roughed up the surface of the plate. This roughing up of the surface will help the glue to adhere better to the plate.
For the plastic, more lightweight plates, I didn't worry about roughing it up too much but for the heavier breakable plates, I used my Dremel and grinding bit so I was sure to rough up the surface as much as I could. The heavier the plate, the rougher I made it.
Once I roughed up the surface, I took a lint free cloth with some rubbing alcohol on it and wiped the rough area thoroughly to get rid of any dust and oil that might be on the surface. This is just another way to help the glue adhere better to the plate.
Big dollop of glue will doClick thumbnail to view full-size
Stick on the fabric and viola!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Step Three - Glue Your Hanger On
Make sure the roughed up area on the back of the plate is completely dry and put a generous dollop of E6000 glue on it about the size of a nickel.
This is when you take either the wire or jute and put it into the glue. If you are using the wire loop, take the wire loop you made with the loop UP and stick the twisted ends part and push it into the glue.
If you are using the jute, take the 3 to 4 inch piece of jute and bend the edges down, making a loop and place the ends onto the glue.
Whether you are using wire or jute, now take a grosgrain triangle and place it pointed edge down over the top of the glue and try to lightly spread the glue out by running your fingers gently over the triangle. The ends of the wire or jute should be under the triangle, with the loop sticking out of the top.
Now sit the plate aside and let it dry for a full 24 hours.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have found it useful for you. Be sure to see my Decorating with Dinner Plates hub for inspiration and ideas for hanging plates on you wall.