The Great Wall of China Plates


Millthorpe is beyond beautiful in Autumn. The changing colours of the leaves, the warm days, brisk nights and the relaxing atmosphere makes it the ideal time for a weekend away. I managed to finish my plate wall display over the weekend. I have been acquiring plates for a while now and last week i was able to find a few vintage items to complete my collection. It took around three hours in total to get them onto the wall. Here are the steps below that i followed –

 Step 1. Sort the plates by colour, size and shape. Lay them out on the floor until you are happy with your arrangement.

Step 2. Trace the plates one by one onto paper and cut them out.

Step 3. Stick the paper templates to the wall using blu tac.

Step 4. Attach a paper clip using a hot glu gun to the back of the plates.

Step 5. Measure from the top of the plate to the paper clip and then, using that measurement, hammer a small nail the same distance down from the top of the paper template.

Step 6. Hang the plates onto the nails and tear off the paper template.

I know, i know. A hot glu gun and a paper clip!!? It sounds like the MacGyver method of interior decorating, but i can assure you these plates are not going anywhere. I researched the best method for hanging plates and this method is VERY popular. I was sceptical myself, but after the first plate dried i was convinced it was rock solid. Of course, do this at your own risk. I probably wouldn’t hang plates over a bed or passage where people walk.

I’m keen to do another wall of plates at my own house, so i’m going to start collecting again. All in all it’s a pretty great way to decorate a blank wall!

arranging a plate display

plate wall display

wall display plates

old and vintage plate display

mozi plates on a wall

mozi plate display


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  1. April 29, 2013 / 1:19 am

    LOVE the plates! Looks great! Totally just googled Millthorpe it looks like an absolutely beautiful place, maybe one day I’ll make the trip, definitely in autumn!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:24 am

      It really is a gorgeous area…especially in Autumn. A long drive from Melbourne though! 🙂

  2. April 29, 2013 / 1:29 am

    They look so much nicer hung this way without those horrible metal prongy things visible. I’ve read about using paperclips, but like you I was a tad sceptical about their staying power. Thanks for the how-to and proof that they work. You’ve got some lovely plates there!

    • April 29, 2013 / 1:36 am

      Thank you! I was really surprised that a glu gun and paper clip could form such a strong attachment. I hate those springy plate attachment things…ugly. 🙂

  3. April 29, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    Love the tiny plates! Too cute.
    And yes, I would have doubted the hot glue, but now that I think about it, it’s a perfect solution…

    Looks great!!

    • April 29, 2013 / 9:09 pm

      The tiny plates were the hardest to come by. Thanks Victoria. 🙂

  4. May 7, 2013 / 5:38 am

    This looks amazing! All the plates look wonderful together!
    Great idea!
    I bet millthorpe is super amazing in autumn, its a beautiful place all year round it seems! ^_^

    • May 7, 2013 / 6:20 am

      Thanks! I’m super stoked with my wall of plates. I want to do one at home now.

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