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:
Do you do craft shows? If so, what do you use to display your wares?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.