I love going to craft shows, but finding displays is sometimes difficult and/or expensive. Sure you can buy beautiful displays from suppliers everywhere, but even wholesale supplies tend to get pricey. Fortunately I’ve found some household items that work perfectly as displays for a variety of different items. If you’re looking for some unique displays that won’t cost you anything at all to supplement (or entirely supply) your craft shows display, try these.
If you have cork boards in your office and you happen to sell jewelry you might think about using them temporarily for your display. I have a couple of bulletin boards/cork boards in my bedroom that I use sometimes to display earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. They work best for earrings without backs, and I tend to use them more for necklace displays. You can even cover the cork board with some fabric that blends in with your color scheme for added professionalism.
Do you have empty boxes laying around? Great! Tape them up after adding a bit of gravel or a book in the bottom for stability and throw some fabric on top of them. These make great displays for everything from necklace busts to soaps to stitched coin purses and more. I recommend filling the boxes with something slightly heavy and flat so that you have stability. Boxes are also great for storing extra items below and behind the tables for re-stocking.
Bricks and Wood
If you have any excess bricks or some wood panels laying around you can easily transform them into displays for a variety of items from rings to scarves. Take a wood panel and add some hooks and you’ve got a great scarf or necklace display. Use bricks (painted, covered in fabric, or just plain) to display soap, candles, painted ceramics, and more.
Books are a great addition to any craft show display. I prefer hardback books that are rather heavy as opposed to phone books, which tend to shift due to their soft binding, but you can use whatever book suits your purpose. A variety of books covered in cloth that matches the color scheme of your booth works well for displaying almost any small item. Soap, jewelry, candles, figurines, small garden decor, accessories, and other items can all be placed at varying heights on books covered with fabric. It’s inexpensive and effective and nobody will ever be the wiser.
Planters and Plants
Potted plants are one of the best ways to add some style and comfort to your booth without going overboard. Because they usually sit on the ground they won’t be confused with other items on the tables of your booth, and you can even work them into your display. (Think tree branches as earring displays.) Whether you add a couple of ferns or some seasonal items like pumpkins or spring flowers borrowing some of your household plants to spruce up your booth is a great idea.
Hopefully these have proven to be helpful ideas for you as you prepare for your next craft show. If your next show happens to be a holiday-themed show I suggest using some of the decor you use at your own home if you want to jazz up your booth. I shop at the 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Tree for a variety of helpful items before I go anywhere else. You can find baskets, buckets, dishes, mugs, and all sorts of items you can work into your display for a dollar a piece, which certainly cuts down on the cost of your show. Try out some of these ideas for your next show, and happy crafting.