Looking for some easy DIY kitchen decor? Learn how to create a Numbered Plate Display and a simple paperclip trick for hanging your plates!
If you’re just tuning in, I’m in the middle of a mini kitchen makeover! I have a few projects completed so far, and I’m loving the new look. Last week I shared my DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard and how I instantly aged new hardware for the frame. It filled up the blank wall in my kitchen nicely, but there was still some space above the chalkboard that needed decorating. It just didn’t look complete yet! After going back and forth on what to put there, I finally decided a row of bright white plates would fit perfectly. It is a kitchen after all!
So the other day I loaded up my kiddos and went to several different stores to find the white plates I wanted for my display. (Fun summer break they’re having, huh?) Some plates I found were too expensive and others were a dull, grayish-white. I found some I liked at Goodwill for cheap, but of course they didn’t have more than one or two. I finally went to one more store (WalMart) and found these round, white Corelle plates for $3.34 each. They were the right color, right size, lightweight, and break/chip resistant! Still way more than I wanted to pay, but after dragging my kids through four stores, we had all had enough of plate shopping : )
My original idea for the plates was to use my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out vinyl in various kitchen utensil shapes and stick them onto the plates. I found some really cute designs at the Silhouette Online Store like these salt and pepper shakers, along with a stand mixer and a whisk, rolling pin, and oven mitt.
But when I hung them on the wall , they just didn’t look right to me. I loved all the designs, but when hung all together they were too bulky and cartoonish. I even tried rubbing some chalk over the designs to give them a chalkboard look, but it just didn’t seem fit the rustic vintage kitchen I was picturing. So after sleeping on it for a night, I went back to the drawing board!
I opened my Silhouette software again, but this time instead of purchasing designs from the Silhouette website I used the text tool to add simple numbers using the Engravers MT font.
I loaded a roll of black vinyl into my Silhouette, and cut the design from my computer. I seriously LOVE that machine! Then I just peeled off the vinyl number and stuck it to the center of a plate. SO easy!
I had already spent more on the plates than I wanted, so I had no desire to buy expensive plate hangers for my cheap, plastic dishes. I searched for DIY plate hangers and found a great idea from The Frugal Homemaker: use paperclips!
I cut out circles from extra felt I had laying around and gathered a few large paperclips. To create the DIY hanger, I first hot glued one felt circle to the top of the flat part of the plate. Then I hot glued my paperclip to the center of the circle with the top sticking above the felt. I hot glued another felt circle on top of the paper clip and pressed down firmly to sandwich them all together. You can see how the top of the paper clip sticks out perfectly to hang on a nail. Who knew paperclips could make such quick, cheap, and easy DIY plate hangers?
– I tested out the strength of the hangers before putting them up on my wall, and I have to say that I don’t think these suckers are going anywhere! If you have heavier plates or are worried the paper clips won’t stay, you can use a stronger adhesive like E-6000 glue.
I hung the four plates up over my chalkboard using a tape measure, level, and some math skills, and I am SO much happier than my first attempt a plate display!
The round, bright-white plates contrast perfectly against the hard angles and rustic look of the chalkboard. And I just love the simplicity of the numbers! Sometimes simple is just better. Not to mention how much my youngest son loves standing in the kitchen counting the plates. He thinks I made them just for him!
I also decided to change up the old design on my chalkboard to this simple menu board to keep track of our meal plan for the week. This definitely helps me use up the groceries we’ve purchased and avoid that “let’s just go get McDonald’s” excuse.
So there you have it! A beautiful and inexpensive kitchen plate display with DIY paperclip plate hangers… Success! That’s another kitchen makeover project in the books, and I can’t wait to start the next one!
So what do YOU think? Would you have kept the original kitchen designs I used or changed them out for the simple numbers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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