Tutorial: Quick and Easy Way to Hang Silver Platters

how to hang silver platters on the wall

I’ve been working on our master bathroom and bedroom, both of which were painted a shocking apple green (think late 90′s) when we moved in.  The bathroom’s almost done, and one of my projects last week was to hang some silver platters on the wall.  I have an addiction to buying old silver at thrift stores and flea markets, and silverplate is fine with me–it’s way cheaper and I actually like the way it looks when the plate starts to wear off.

I didn’t want to buy the metal plate hangers to hang these–first, I was feeling frugal, and second, I don’t like the way they metal hooks show around the sides of the plates.  I figured there had to be an easier way to hang lightweight plates and platters on the wall, and this is what I came up with, using 3M Command Hooks.  It’s too easy to even be called a tutorial, yet that’s exactly what I’m calling it…

1.  Depending on the size and shape of your plate, use either one or two hooks on the back.  For example, here’s what I did to hang the round platter.  It took just one hook, note that I used the metal kind and I flipped the hook backwards from how you’d normally hang it.

For the oval platters, which have edges that round up (like a bowl), I used two hooks each, turned sideways, and I flipped the hooks to create a hole for the nail:

2.  To hang, I used a twist tie to secure the round platter to the nail in the wall.  I just happened to have the silver ones from cello treat bags but the color doesn’t matter as it doesn’t show.  Please forgive my sad little hands that desperately need Tokyo Milk lotion, a spa day, and a week in the Bahamas!

The oval platters just hang directly onto the nail, no picture needed.   Here’s the finished look, with no visible hanging hardware:


Here’s a link to Amazon and the hooks I used.  Full disclosure:  we are Amazon affiliates and if you order through this link, we will earn a few cents’ commission.  I’ll name my yacht after you! :)


The 3M people recommend that you wait awhile after sticking the hooks on before you actually hang them, to give the tape time to set, but I only ever do that when I’m hanging something heavy.  And when it’s time for a change, you just pull the hooks and tape off and your platters are ready to be used for something else.  Too easy!

Stay tuned for the bathroom reveal, coming soon, and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I wanted to hang a old try I found at goodwill but like you I didnt want the metal hanging part to show.. Now I know exactly what to do..
    thank you

  2. YES!!! I love these hooks and use them often for hanging many different items.

    Very creative to set them in sideways…brilliant!

    janet xox
    htp://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

  3. salsadancer says:

    I wish you had included a picture of the 3M Command Hooks as they look when you buy them. I am not familiar with them so don’t know exactly what to look for. Are they in ‘office supply’, paint dept., or where?

    Do you actually polish your silver trays? I like your displays. I have many trays that have been stored away for years because I got tired of polishing them. Any tips on that?

    • Hi there–
      The 3M hooks should be easy to find in any big box store, like Target, Walmart, Home Depot, or Lowe’s. Just ask when you get in there. I usually buy mine at Target and they are in the home organization organization section there.

      As for my silver platters, I probably polish them about three times a year. My favorite polish is Wright’s Silver Cream. I like both the brightly polished look and the tarnished look, so I try not to go too crazy about polishing them.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Christy

  4. I have a collection of pounded aluminum serving platters and dishes and have been looking a way to hang them without damaging them – this will work nicely. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Do you think this would hold a large ceramic platter? Trying to help out a friend, cannot figure out what will be strong enough for ceramic. Thanks

    • I guess it depends, Lucy. I think if you adhered the hook onto the back using something like Gorilla Glue, then it would stay. The silver platters tend to be relatively light, so it’s not been an issue. Good luck!

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