Thrifty Thursday 9/13/12
About 18 months ago, I decided to start doing craft shows.
I needed some way to display my things and so searched google for display images and began brainstorming. Lots of pictures of peg board and huge shutters had me thinking. A few days later my neighbors left these great crib walls out for the trash. Under cover of darkness [so my husband wouldn't die of shame] I rescued them.
DH helped me hinge them together and I drilled pilot holes and added cup hooks and a piece of foam core with my shop name. This worked fine for a while but I still felt like it wasn't showing my merchandise as well as it could.
At my last show I placed the fixture up on a table.... better.... but still not really doing it for me.
It's too "see through".... the pieces are lost.
So back to the drawing board~ I have been checking out Pinterest a lot lately and saw many picture frames using screen, chicken wire or burlap. I decided to integrate that into my display. I would also like something that allows me quick and easy assembly on show days, so I don't spend hours setting up.
I hit the Dollar Tree for 4 sheets of foam core and a roll of duct tape, moved next door to Hancock Fabrics for a length of batting and some white burlap (Both on sale! Score!)
I stopped at Home Depot and bought a length of industrial strength Velcro strips.
First, I removed all the cup hooks. Then after ironing the fabric I covered the foam core with batting and burlap, taping it first with clear packing tape and then 'tightening' it with the duct tape.
I cut the Velcro into 8, 6 inch sections and put the hook side on the walls and the loop side on my boards.
I found some metal curtain hooks at the thrift store for $1.
I recently ordered some new vertical business cards. I plan to punch holes in them and use these on the hooks to hang my pendants and sets.
This way I can hopefully just 'stick' the preloaded boards on the rack for show set up.
I am also thinking about nailing in some clear push pins along the top of the boards on the right side to hang some heavier items. I have come up with a card stock loop to which I will attach to my new business cards. I can punch a bigger hole and then hang a whole beaded set from it.
I am awaiting my new cards any day, so I will post a follow-up picture of my completed set up soon.
My first show of the season is 9/22. I hope my work pays off with a professional looking and quick set up.
Thanks for taking the time to read here today, comments are always appreciated :-)