Step 1: Gather a collection of interesting plates.
Step 2: Arrange the plates on the floor to come up with a display you like. I fiddled with mine and moved it around quite a bit before I settled on an arrangement.
Step 3: Trace your plates on paper.
I just used random coloured paper that I had lying around. No rhyme or reason to the colours I chose to trace each plate with. I also labelled the templates with a descriptor of the plate.
Step 4: Stick your plate templates on the wall in the same design you made on the floor.
Step 5: Attach plate hangers to your plates. I'll warn you though...the stupid plate hangers actually cost more than most of my plates!
DO NOT USE STICKY ADHESIVE THINGYS, despite their claims that they can hold up to 15lbs(this is how I lost my precious horsey plate).
These things are no good!
Step 6: Remove one paper plate and nail in picture hanging hook. Hang plate!
Step 7: Repeat step 6 until all of your plates are hung.
Step 8: Pat yourself on the back for being so handy and step back and enjoy your colorful, affordable, thrifted wall art:)
P.S-For the less anal people out there you could probably achieve the very same thing without bothering to make templates and just randomly hang up the plates...but I just couldn't handle the idea of that!