The best thing to do with a plate would of course be to eat off of it.
But have you ever owned a plate that you truly adored too much to eat off of?
A few years ago I started collecting random plates. I would find them at estate sales. Gorgeous plates, not in a set. Sweet little babies separated from their family... from what I can only imagine was by some sort of natural disaster. I mean what type of woman/wife/mother/cook/baker/blogger would own plates that were not kept in a set? I choose to blame it on a twister....
Anyways, I had this stack of plates. Each one my favorite. And no way to display them. If we ate off of them they would be covered in food and what if you came to my house and I didn't serve you food... you would never see my plate collection!
So I had this idea. Hang them on the wall. Clearly that is not an original idea. There is an entire section of "plate hangers" at Wal Mart.... but I do think I pulled it off in a slightly original way.
I really do love each and every one of these plates. They each have their own distinct print, time period, fork scratch.... love.
Here are a few of my favorites.
The large platter in the middle is Franciscan Starburst. This print was manufactured in California from 1954-1957. The company thought with the prosperity that came after the war, consumers were ready for something new.... the futuristic starry design was thought to fit in well with the new chrome kitchens and advanced appliances.
I love the starbursts. The shape. The color. The era that it reflects. This platter was actually the inspiration for my left half sleeve.
See the starbursts! Oh and I guess it was the inspiration for my SugarDerby logo as well... duh! Also, this picture was taken at Bakerella's book signing. Thank you to her wonderful photographer, Julie.
Enough about me.... let's get back to these plates. I simply bought "saw tooth hangers" and super glued/ hot glued them to the back of the plates. Super glue doesn't adhere to every plate so I would use hot glue when needed.
To get my "look" I traced each plate onto a sheet of paper and drew a slight replication of it on the sheet. I used crayon so I could see the different colors. I then taped these to the wall so I could figure out how I wanted to hang them before I actually busted out the hammer and nails.
Since this picture, I have added at least 6 more plates to the wall. And my collection of randoms keeps growing!
So, I had to figure out some other way to use my orphan plates.
I absolutely adore tiered dessert trays. Here are a few of my vintage trays....
And... um.... I am now going to cut to the chase.
I have lots of plates. I also have lots of small glass "things" that I can't bear passing up. I have super glue and I have a brain. Here is what I did.
I took the lid from that small glass bottle..
and used it here....
Remember the plethora of milk glass I stumbled upon? Well I got to use some of it...
Cutest thing ever... It's big enough for a bundt cake or for whatever yummy you have!
Here they are in full use.
Oh and, earlier when I said "small glass "things" that I can't bear passing up".... here are few examples.
Any of these would work perfectly for the middle of a tier.
And if you are not an estate sale person... or just don't have a chance to get to them... You can find tons, and I mean TONS, of plates and glassware at any thrift store.
Cheap and easy friends.
Cheap and easy!