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Wall Art with Thrifted Plates

November 21, 2013

I love collecting things. One of my favorite things to collect is decorative plates for their myriad of styles and colors. While shopping at Goodwill, I have discovered many unique plates – from tiny ones featuring cottage chic patterns to large plates with antique flair. However, you defeat the purpose of building a collection if your items are just stuck on a shelf somewhere collecting dust, instead of being seen. Enter wall hanging tips to display your art!

To display my treasures, I have turned to modern decorating methods. Although hanging plates can be considered old-fashioned (I remember my grandmother’s house having a plate or two on the walls), the modern style of hanging fits well in any décor.

In the modern version of plate wall art, you can choose one color to tie the group together. Beautiful blue china is a popular style and you can easily find many shapes and sizes of plates to use with this theme. Plain white plates can also have a striking effect by varying the sizes and shapes.


You can also create cool designs on your wall by artfully flowing the plates across the space. Like creating a river of art, your plates really pop.


Another version of wall art ties eclectic finds together with a burst of happy color. Just pick a shape or style—like Mexican pottery—and go for it! You can make a striking feature wall in your home for very little money.


Making wall art out of plates is an easy way to display your finds and add a modern style to your home at the same time. Have fun discovering new finds and adding to your plate wall throughout the years!

This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor and more. She welcomes your comments, which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @

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