How to make a craft fair display
Do you remember the vintage screen door I repurposed for my upcoming craft show? I will display it atop a table to showcase my Etsy signs. It will be tall, so I needed something else to take up the rest of the room on the table. I made this display that folds flat for storage and transporting.
What you’ll need:
- 1x2’s (cut to size)
- Kreg Jig
- pocket hole screws
- clamps (optional)
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- staple gun & staples
- chicken wire
- paint & paint brush
I cut my boards, then used my Kreg Jig® K4 to drill the pocket holes. I generally use my Kreg Jig Jr, but with my bum shoulder, I find it easier to use this jig clamped to my work surface. Set your Kreg Jig to the thickness of your boards, in this case ¾”.
In case you don’t know, you choose the length of your Stainless Steel Pocket-Hole Screws according to the thickness of your wood. My boards are ¾” which means I use these 1 ¼” screws. (I use fine or coarse depending on what I have on hand, fine threads are for hard woods)
I clamp my corners so they don’t slip while I’m installing the screws.
After making the frame, I measure and mark my inside brace pieces. I cut them on an angle then drew my line on the other end. I can’t remember exactly the angle, but I think it was around 30 degrees.
TThis corner fit really tight so it was easy to glue and secure it.
This is my first section, and I cut the board a little too short, so I had to use a clamp to hold it in place until the glue set up.
I painted it with the same Tricycle Red (Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint) that I used on the vintage screen door. Because the 1x2’s were new, it turned out brighter than I wanted.
I used some black paint to do a glaze over the red. In this picture you can see the difference it made in the color.
After painting the frames I attached the chicken wire with my staple gun. (no pictures)
I needed some hinges, so I used the hinges on some old bi-fold doors I have.
voila! Here is the finished display piece. I like how it looks on the grass, which is a good thing, because that’s how I’ll use it in the fall at Glendale Crossing Days.
Each of my sections is 2’x3’.
I found some curly ornament hooks when I cleaned out the craft storage room. They seem to work really well on the chicken wire, and don’t fall off as easily as the “s” hooks do.
Here are my other two display pieces:
Red Faux Ladder Red Vintage Screen Door With Chicken Wire
Do you do craft shows? If so, what do you use to display your wares?
This is a simple and yet GREAT idea!!
Thanks for Sharing!
Thank you very much Shelly! I hope all my ideas work for my upcoming show! 🙂
Sooo smart! I just got the kreg jr. and can't wait to try it!
When I used to do shows, I had an old door frame that I used to display my jewelry. I attached wooden "feet" to the side of it on both ends and the middle. i think I used several chunks of discarded mantel scrollwork for the feet. I sanded down the whole thing and painted it blue and strung wire across the window openings for all of my jewelry cards to hang from. It worked perfectly for everything besides feather jewelry. Stuff that was too light wanted to blow away. 🙂
Sounds like a great display! I love repurposing old doors!
That is adorable Gail and would totally catch my eye!~
Thanks for sharing. Have you found out what is going on about your shoulder? I am having exrays tomorrow for my shoulder. I don't know how you do the things you do as mine hurts so bad I couldn't do the things you do. Good Luck on your show.
you are such a smart woman, all the pretty things you just design and make! This could even serve multiple purposes i.e. as a safety gate for future grandkids or for the pup 😉
Thank you sue! Yep, or a trellis.... lots of possibilities!
I hope you're having a great week,
Looks great. Love the red. I have several display pieces that I have built but I seem to use different ones each time depending on what I'm taking.
What a great display! I've just GOT to get a Kreg jig!!
Great idea! I always struggled with how to display signs.
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
That will work well, and it folds up and is most likely not heavy... perfect. I have two cribs sides hinged together and two shutters hinged as well.Also a 2' x 8' framed lattice that I use for hanging signs, it hangs in the back of my tent. I do need something table top size though and the shutters are very heavy, so I may do something similar to yours but smaller.
it looks perfect! it would be great with chicken wire, too, for those selling smaller things like jewelry!
very cool!! looks great!!