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Colorful wall of plates

Colorful wall of plates


Colorful wall plates

We did a little office update and decided to add an entire wall of colorful plates!

I love the huge impact these plates have on the space, they turned the wall behind my desk from plain jane white to bright and festive – such a great mood booster. Normally a huge work of colorful art costs a fortune, but painting plates can be done for a very small investment and the result is quite smashing.

Colorful wall plates

Colorful wall plates

Colorful wall plates

To make a similar wall of plates – download our plate decal template right here.

You’ll need one roll of white contact paper and spray paint in various bright colors (here’s my favorite spray paint brand to use). You can grab a collection of any type of plates to paint on. We used these clear ones which provided a nice smooth surface and the standard size gave a symmetrical feel to the project. You could also do it with thrifted plates in different sizes as well. Just make sure there is not too much texture on the front side of the plates or the decals will not lay flat.

You’ll also need plate wire hanging system, you can purchase a set like this or do it the DIY way. Use super glue to secure thick photo hanging wire to the backs of each plate. Just be sure if you plan to DIY the process that the plates are not hanging above anything that could be harmed (like a baby in a crib), just to be safe.

Colorful plates stacked

Start by spray painting the plates. It is easiest to do this on the backside if you use the clear plates. Be sure to do a couple light sprays to ensure the paint does not run. Allow the plates to dry fully and cure the full 24 hours before adhearing the decals.

Print out the decals and trace them onto white contact paper. Cut out the designs to place them onto the plates.

Once the plates are fully dry, place the contact paper decals directly onto the frontside of the plates. Do this slowly smoothing out the decal as you go to remove any air bubbles.

Colorful decal plates

The last step is to secure the wire to the backside of the plates and hang each one on the wall. Hang the plates in a fun sporadic pattern, or in a grid. Either way you do it, the wall will get an instant face lift.

Although, I adore this idea for everyday at home, you can also use it to make any party space feel extra special. Instead of our printable design decals, trace out letters to spell congrats, love, happy birthday, or another party sentiment.

PS. Another fun way to use contact paper to update a wall and a contact paper table runner.


  1. I was actually just thinking about this because I saw a beautiful kitchen interior on Pinterest here :) Another cute idea that I saw on Tumblr was to have a triangle printed on the plate with the text “if you can see this, you need another slice of pizza) on it. That would be for a plate to eat on rather than decorate though haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Victoria

      4 March

      Audrey, that face plate is so cute!!! What a fun idea:)

  2. mary

    5 March

    I’m assuming these plates can’t be eaten off, right? How could they be done so they could be? They’d be great for a party. Any ideas?

    • Victoria

      5 March

      Mary, Nope – not these ones. Pure spray paint = toxic to eat! We have a post coming up in a couple weeks with a different version that you can totally eat off of, stay tuned:) I agree they would be fabulous to serve at a party.

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