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DIY Plate and Display Stands

Dec 22, 2015
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Cathe Holden

Display stands are quite useful in home décor. Rather than using a store-bought wire or plastic easel, you can make your own quite simply and beautifully! Here are some simple steps, using just a few supplies, for crafting display stands for holding plates, platters, photographs, small books, and so much more.

Materials and Tools:

  • One small wood form, such as a block or plaque, at least 4” wide. For large items such as platters, choose a medium-sized form at least 8” wide
  • Two double coat hooks (vintage or new) and screws for each coat hook hole. Use screws that are no longer than the depth of the wood form. If using screw-in wire hooks, no screws are necessary
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint, decoupage medium (type of glue), paintbrush, papers, stencils, or other craft supplies to decorate the wood form 

Materials 

To Make:

Decorate your wood form as desired with craft supplies.Screw in coat hooks approximately 2” apart in the center of the wood form, or wider, depending on the piece to be displayed. A pilot hole, which is a small hole drilled into the wood, may be used if the screws do not go in easily.

Rest display item down into the hooks.

Below: I painted the wood with black chalk paint, using the same paint to touch up the shiny silver screws. I then distressed it with white chalk. This holder displays a collection of vintage school drawing and writing cards. 

This holder displays a collection of vintage school drawing and writing cards. 

Tips:

  • Coat hooks made of thin metal or wire are adjustable. Bend or twist them by hand, or with pliers, to better stabilize the object displayed.
  • Tall wood forms may only balance short objects.
  • DIY display racks make great gifts for collectors and practical small-merchandise or sign racks for small businesses. 

I used a wood block found at the craft store and photocopied vintage wallpaper to decoupage the wood.  

Above: I used a wood block found at the craft store and photocopied vintage wallpaper to decoupage the wood. Once I added thin metal hooks, I used pliers to bend them into a shape that best held and balanced a medium-size vintage platter. I also added a brass label holder with ephemera to the front to embellish the form and tucked vintage postcards in front of the platter.  

I used pliers to bend the metal hooks into a shape that best held and balanced a medium-size vintage platter 

Below: Using a similar, smaller block turned on its side, I attached vintage screw-in hooks and embellished the block with a stencil, rubber stamps, and reproductions of ephemera. This now holds a stack of index cards for note taking in my kitchen. 

I attached vintage screw-in hooks and embellished the block with a stencil, rubber stamps, and reproductions of ephemera.  

What would you put in a handcrafted display?

Photos courtesy of Cathe Holden.

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On Sunday, January 10, 2016, Mary from Des Moines wrote

Holy cow. This is SO.GOOD. I love & collect vintage ephemera but really don't have a good way to display any of it (not into those ugly clear plastic plate stands/displays). This is exactly what I need. THANK YOU for sharing. I really mean that. =)

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