There seems to always be a demand for the ability to set home screen application icons in specific patterns, which Apple doesn't allow in stock iOS. Customizing your application icon layout in patterns means putting your application icons in different places across the home screen without the application icon automatically snapping back into the next available slot on your home screen, so you can have empty areas wherever you may want them. This is a common practice among many for placing application icons around widgets or theme items.
There are numerous options for placing your application icons anywhere you want to on your home screen to create unique patterns, but most of these options cost money. If you're an iOS 7 user and want to create custom home screen application icon layouts without the added price tag, you can take advantage of iBlank for iOS 7
by iOS developer dnederlof.
iBlank is well-known for its ability to create blank, transparent, and invisible application icons on your home screen. This new version of the application is meant specifically for iOS 7.
The invisible application icons that the application puts on your home screen can be put in between real application icons to create the illusion that you have blank spots in between your application icons. In turn, you can create all kinds of custom application icon layouts on your home screen to wrap around widgets, theme items, and more.
After you install iBlank for iOS 7, you will find a new application on the home screen called "iBlank." You will need to open this application, and from the application's interface, you can start making blank application icons to place on your home screen:
The application’s interface is really straightforward. You can choose the number of blank application icons that you want to add to the home screen via the spin box. Once you do, tap on the “Create Blank Icons” button, and you’ll be asked to confirm if you’re sure you want to do this. When you tap yes, the blank application icons will be added to your home screen, as shown below:
Once on your home screen, you're set to move them in between whatever application icons you want to in order to create the visual effect that you're looking for.
The developer notes that it's important that you uninstall any previous versions of iBlank that you might have installed before installing iBlank for iOS 7. Also, if you ever plan on uninstalling iBlank, you will need to use the "Restore Default App Icons" feature before you do so for a smooth uninstallation.
If you want to give iBlank for iOS 7 a try, you can download it for free from Cydia's ModMyi repository.
iBlank for iOS 7