Vertical displays are so much more eye-catching than laying your stuff on the table. They bring people over to look at your stuff and also give a professional appearence. Several people asked if I had a store of my own, which I do not (maybe some day!). Anyway if you are like me you'd rather keep your profits or buy more crafting stuff than spend a ton on elaborate, overpriced premade displays.
I made this for a craft fair I participated in recently. It cost me about 3-4 bucks in supplies, which can easily be acquired from your local craft store. It's perfect for displaying things like handbags or headbands or tons of other stuff. On the top, you can place a folded card with info or prices on it.Tools you need:
a drill (best to have one but if you don't you can still make it), screws, a screwdriver, wood glueIngredients:
* 1- oval wood base (or any shape you like)
* 1- 1" diameter dowel rod
* several 12" long 1/2" diameter dowel rods (they come precut or you can do it yourself to customize)
* dowel caps (there are lots of fun shapes of these as well)
* 1- small circle for the top of your stand
*GENERAL TIP* use a drill to make holes before you put screws in to prevent the dowels from splitting. If you don't you can still do it, but it might be a pain in the @ss.
First, attach the 1" dowel to the base by putting a screw through the bottom of the base and through the dowel. Use a dab of wood glue to help hold it tight.
Then, mark off where you want the arms to be. I placed mine to allow for purses to be hung (i.e. lots of dangling space) but you can do it however you want. Put a screw though as in the pic below and then screw the dowel piece onto it.
You could also make the dowels removeable for easier transport and storage when you're not using it.
Finish with caps. You can of course paint or finish it however you want.
This next one is a solution I came up with for displaying barettes and pins. All it is: willow branches from the floral section and some river rocks in a vase. Cost? 5-6 bucks.
Well, hope those tips help! Thanks to you all for providing your advice to me, thought I'd try to give back :-)