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How to Hang a Collection

Arrange your favorite things in the gallery-style look with this simple how-to

collection of license plates hung on wall
Photo by Wendell T. Webber
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When it comes to gallery-style groupings, no need to limit yourself to photographs and paintings. Here, we created a unique wall display with vintage license plates, but you can use the same basic approach to hang anything from textiles to dinnerware.
When it comes to gallery-style groupings, no need to limit yourself to photographs and paintings. Here, we created a unique wall display with vintage license plates, but you can use the same basic approach to hang anything from textiles to dinnerware.
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The How-To

 

The How-To

tracing template for wall hanging, how to hang a collection
Photo by Wendell T. Webber
Trace a template for each object onto kraft paper—newspaper also works in a pinch—and cut them out.

Arrange the templates on the floor until you find a composition you like; ours is in a windmill pattern. Transfer the arrangement to the wall, gently adhering the templates with painter's tape. Make sure you're happy with the spacing and the height of the entire group; the center of the grouping should be at eye level.

To hang the items, drive fasteners halfway in, right through the template. Tear off the paper and secure the items. Then stand back and admire. You've elevated your collectibles in a whole new way.
 
 

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