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I wanted something different in my bathroom to hang my decorator towels on and I had an unused plate holder in the closet. It's very decorative in itself up with the towels draped over it in the bathroom, it's a new look. I didn't use it for plates anymore so it's getting a second use!
By Jill from Albert Lea, Minnesota
I use a plate holder on my desk to put my iPad in. It keeps it out of the way and I can charge it at the same time. A plate holder also works for organizing papers and holding mail I need to take care of.
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Anyone have any creative ideas for a 3 tier plate rack other than plates? Thanks.
Debbie from Jeff City
What about bowls? You could use it to hold your fruit on the counter. =) You could also add some clear vases and add large, chunky candles for some atmosphere in a bedroom or use round baskets with rolled up towels for a bathroom.
Turn it on it side and use it for cookery books, works well in a kitchen.
How about using wicker paper plate holders, and filling them with fresh fruit?
# 1) You could use it to hold FRAMED PICTURES or small Botanical Prints instead of plates!
# 2) HANGING FANCY DRAPES: This was the coolest thing! ...I used one of those 3 tiered plate hangers to hang fancy drapes for my daughters bedroom. I used 2. One on each side of the drapes on the top. I tied rubber bands around the drapery fabric then tucked each tier into the plate holder & used the plate holder to "pouf " out the drapery fabric making sort of fabric flowers. If you would have bought this contraption, it would have cost your a fortune. I made these fancy drapes with no hardware at all (except the plate holders which I bought at Dollar Tree) & I bought the fabric at Walmart for only $1 a yard... I think I used about 5 yards. The only place I had to sew them was at the hem, but you could get by without sewing the hem by using "Fabri-Tac" (that great, instant fabric glue that can be machine washed, machine dried & dry cleaned).
The trickiest thing about hanging these drapes was making each side match. I suggest using 2 chairs & doing one section at a time, going from one side to the other, then back again. You can hang the plate holders either horizontally at the top & make a fancy type of valance or you can hang it vertically & use it to tuck the fabric sections into. I can't remember which way worked best for me, but I can say that these drapes looked great hanging over her apartment mini-blinds. It gave them a "finished" look & the fabric matched her comforter. I then tucked several large silk flowers in to a couple of the puffs & hung a bit of silk ivy from them.
# 3) Keep your eye out for those HANGING BASKETS that are flat against their back. Then hang one where each plate should go. (I've seen them at the $1 store & craft store) Then, inside these baskets you can put your bills or do what I do with my flat-back hanging baskets, I put my coupons in one & my crochet & knitting patterns another & hair ties, combs & barrettes in the third. This would be a handy gadget for the kitchen, the bathroom, or the bedroom as a sort of "catch all".
# 4) DISH TOWEL & POT HOLDER: I'm also thinking it would work nicely in the kitchen to hang pot holders on, then behind the pot holders some rolled up dish towels, & also several hanging dish towels. If you have a small cutting board, you may be able to tuck it one of the tiers too.
# 5) Or if you used some "S" HOOKS, you could 2 hang mugs on each tier.
# 6 Take Two, matching VERTICAL plate hangers & hang them on a wall at the same height about a yard apart, then take 3 dowels or 3 matching drapery rods that are about 36 inches long & hang these across each tier, from one to the other. You now have 3 dowels or rods that are hung horizontally. (these rods will need to be wired or tied down) You can use these rods or dowels for hanging all kinds of things like scarves, belts, wrapping paper & ribbon or tin foil & if they are thin enough, you can even hang earrings, bracelets & necklaces from them!
# 7) Use them to hang your child's favorite 3 books in their room or the child's handmade art projects. Each week the child can hang something different he or she brings home from school on one of the tiers.
---> I'm curious, does your 3 tiered plate hanger hang plates vertically or horizontally?
How about using it as a cupcake holder?
When you say three-tiered, I assume you mean three high on a stand like you set on your table? I've used these at Christmas with decorative plates on them and filled the plates with ornaments. Tie a big bow on the top and they are really festive. I've done another version without the plates. I just hang the ornaments around the sides where the plates would usually rest.
An earring, necklace & bracelet holder.