Here is how to hang dishes and make them look great:
2. Spread out paper and tape it together to make a piece large enough to put your whole plate display on. (newspaper works just fine.) Once your paper is taped together, place and arrange your dishes however you want them. Play!
3. When you've got the arrangement you like, turn the plates over, and trace them.
This makes getting their exact shape easy for when you are putting the nails in the wall.
You'll have something like this:
4. Now take your sheet, hang it up on the wall where you want your plates to go.
At this point I take each plate, hold it up to where it goes. With a marker or pencil, put a mark close to where the nail should go.
This is why I already have the plate holder on the plate - When making the nail mark on the paper, I usually can't get the mark right where I want the nail to go because the plate hanger will be in the way.. so I make the dot right above the wire of the hanger and know the actual nail will go in about 1/8th to a 1/4th lower than the dot. (this makes sense when you do it.) When you've marked where you're nails will go, you're ready to pound in the nails. Do this right through the paper.