If you love collecting and decorating with vintage windows then you are sure to love this very simple vintage plates and windows DIY.

I started with two vintage windows that I salvaged from an old thrift shop for about $20 apiece. I hung them over the faux mantel we installed in our dining room. The windows are two different sizes, which adds a nice contrast to this space.

Vintage Windows over Mantel.

Last year for spring I hung teacups from these same vintage windows.

I loved it so much, as it was such a fun way to usher in the spring.

Hanging vintage teacups on old windows over faux mantel.

Watch this video for the materials and details for this year’s plate hanging DIY.

  • 7 Small thrifted dishes.
  • 7.5lb Commando Strips.
  • Clear Fishing Line
  • 2 Old Windows
  • 7 thumbtacks
  • 2 Nails to Hang the Windows to the Wall.

This is such a simple decorating idea for all your vintage plates and windows!

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A close up of a dish

The Commando strips are attached very easily to the back of each plate. Then I simply took a small amount of clear fishing line and tied a knot several times, securing it with a thumbtack to the wooden part of the window.

A Very Simple Vintage Plates and Windows DIY

Choose a fun pattern and style of plate that you like that will display well on your own vintage windows.

You may also really enjoy making these Dishy Kitchen Hooks You Can DIY in Minutes.

A Very Simple Vintage Plates and Windows DIY

Where can I find old windows?

You can find old windows to decorate with at flea markets, salvage yards, second-hand shops, local dumps, auctions, antique shops, consignment shops, etc.

A Simple Plates and Windows DIY

Where can I find small vintage plates like these?

Thrift shops and consignment shops are my go-to places for inexpensive dishes. You can find them starting easily as low as .50 cents a piece at these kinds of shops.

Faux vintage mantel with old windows and hanging plates.
Vintage Spring Styled Dining Room.

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  1. Beautiful post. I love reading your post. I have decorated my house using antique dishes and it looks so pretty. Your ideas are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it!

  2. I would strongly recommend not using any valuable dishes with command strips. My experience with them has not been a good one.
    There are other types of plate hangers that you could also use the fish line with.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Ann. I have heard this. The plates are very small and I haven’t had any issues at all. But I definitely would not use them with large or heavier plates. Thank you again!

  3. This is a FABULOUS idea!!!! Thanks so much for sharing:) I’m sure i will give this a try.

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Maria! Seersucker is so classic, isn’t it!

  4. What a great idea Ann. I am really loving the idea of hanging plates on my windows. I love those blue and white dishes, I only hope I can find some like that here in the Pacific Northwest.

    1. Thank you so much Kim. So fun hopping with you this week!

  5. Ann, Your display is delightful! I don’t know where I would be without Command hooks! They are my favorite go-to item for all kinds of decorating around the house! I just passed up a window frame the other day on the curb, but alas, I have no empty wall space at my house. Perhaps I should have grabbed it for a friend!

    1. LOl isn’t that always the way? Thanks for stopping by today Chloe!