How much do I love old things? It’s ridiculous. I have been pilfering through these bins of old ironstone and hotel china at one of my favorite booths at Round Top Antiques Week for a while now. Every time I visit I’m thrilled my guy hasn’t run out of these fine wares and a new idea always smacks me right between the eyes. This year when I saw the massive piles of plates I thought, “what a lovely wreath these would make.”
As I rummaged through the mounds of delicious white plates I hand picked two stacks of them, in two different sizes and kindly paid the $5 fee. Friend – if you are interested in shopping the largest antique show in Texas and finding treasures like this you might want to join me for the next show! I guided these ladies through a special laughter filled, treasure hunting day and I’m not sure who had more fun – them or me! I was so happy when they headed home with arms full of trinkets and treasures and a day filled with new adventure. You HAVE to join me! (Sign up here is you want to be notified when the new shopping spots are available!) OK – now back to the plate wreath…
Once I got the plates home I ran them through the dishwasher and found this great wooden tray/board at the craft store. You will want to find a sturdy wooden wreath form or tray like this to hold the weight of the plates and provide a good surface to attach the plates to.
I stained the tray with Minwax Espresso wood stain and let it dry completely. Next I went with the big guns in the adhesive department. I didn’t want to risk a craft glue not holding a breaking my treasures! I selected an all purpose adhesive from the hardware store, making sure it was a good fit for wood and glass. If I were to do it again, I would be sure to find a clear or white adhesive. You can’t see the back of the wreath when it is hung, but it would be much neater with white or clear.
Lay out your plates and make a design/layout you are happy with. I played around and decided a symmetrical look was best. I had thought about layering the plates in random order and size…maybe next time! I glued each plate on by adding just enough adhesive in the right spot where one plate touched another. The glue takes some time to dry so you are able to shift the plates some as needed to get everything spaced evenly. Let dry overnight or more if in a cold environment.I get lots of questions about this wall hanging and a similar tutorial is here. It’s awesome to change up for holidays, this year I added a few strands of fabric that looks like sheet music with words I painted on with stencils. You can see the stencils here.
This ironstone plate wreath has stolen my heart. I plan on moving it around, layering it for the holidays and maybe making some more when I head back to Round Top and gather more supplies! What do you think? Such an easy project for a gorgeous result. This would also be fabulous made with vintage plates in mismatched patterns, silver trays, garage sale dishes and thrifted kitchen wares. Tell me what you would make yours out of!? I’d love it if you’d share this project before you go please and thank you!
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