No, for reals. You can do it. And you’ll be surprised by just how easy and frustration-free it can be. That is, if you have the right tools to help you out. And this method isn’t just for plates, but photos, art, chalkboards…anything that floats your wall-decor boat. Most of the “tools” you’ll need are probably already lurking in your closet-a roll of kraft paper (or if you’re lazy like me, just some left over Christmas wrap), painter’s tape, a tape measure, pencil,hammer, your client and friend taking photos of you, and this amazing little doo-hickey…
Hear me now and listen to me later, this little gem will save you cursing and pulling out hair when hanging just about anything on your wall. I found mine at the WalMarts, but you can order one here if you can’t find one locally. I’ll tell you more about its magical powers later.
First, measure and cut to size a swath of paper to fit the space you’re working with. Your roll not wide enough? Just tape a few widths together to get what you need.
I taped mine down to the floor to keep everything in place while I figured out how I wanted to place my platters. Fun fact: the easiest way to find the center both vertically and horizontally is by folding the paper in half and leaving little creases a guides.
Next, lay out your hangery to get your design perfected. Once you love it, trace around each item.
Now peel that puppy up and pop it on the wall.
So far, this isn’t rocket surgery, right? In fact, you’ve probably used this method umpteen times in your own home, but here’s where the magic begins. Take your yellow hanger thingy and loop the plate hanger (or sawtooth hanger or whatever contraption you’re using to hang your goodies on the wall) and place it within your traced lines. Without moving the yellow hanger thingy unhook your plate (or whatever) leaving the yellow tool firmly in place. Did you get that? Don’t move it. Now, look for the little button marked “A” and puuuush it. P-Push it real good.
There’s a little sharp thingy that will leave a slight indentation where your hanger needs to go. Brilliant!!! Because I love you I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It will be oh so tempting to hammer your nail into the mark you’ve just made, but if you’re using honest to goodness hangers, the mark is where you need to position the crook of the hook, not the nail. Look closely and you’ll see my little pencil mark just below the bottom of the hook.
You’ll also see that my poor cuticles need some work. The point is, if you place the nail where the mark is, you’ll be about an inch off. Not that I’ve ever made that mistake before. *Cough* Now repeat…
If you are repeating the same hanging pattern elsewhere in the room, I suggest hanging everything in the first grouping before moving on. Just in case you need to make any minor changes to your template. Now that you’ve hung everything in the first group, simply peel off your template and move it to the next area.
Since everything is already mapped out for the hangers, all you need to do is mark your spots on the wall. My pencil wasn’t very sharp, so I had to use a little persuasion to get my marks transferred.
Tap in your hangers, pop the plates on, and stand back to admire your work!
Perfection! And all without wailing, gnashing of teeth, or hair loss. And if this magical tool made easy work of a grouping, think of the breeze hanging a single item in the right spot on the first try would be. Worth every penny. Oh, and the yellow tool thingy people? They have no idea who I am, I just dig their stuff.
A special thanks to my friend and client for chronicling this whole process (thanks, Mauri!!!) and for letting me use her home as our stage. Now go forth and conquer your walls with confidence, friends! You can do it!