Having survived a few craft fairs, each one has taught me something new. My ‘lightbulb’ moments were: managing to pack my whole display in a large WHEELY suitcase (woo!), harmonising the display with colour and these two (lifesaving) display tricks, which I’ve recreated in the hope they’ll help someone else.
A few nights before the fair I was really struggling with how to display my bow rings. I resorted to googling and found this great trick on Pinterest, which used fashion magazines. I wasn’t able to find the source for the pin, but I’m very grateful to whoever it was.
A stack of small vintage books I had were perfect. Just grab three even sections in the middle of the book and fold them in on themselves. You can play around with the proportions, but gravity and physics should hold the folds in place. If not, you can fasten two folds together with a small paperclip or clothes peg near the spine of the book.
Another great trick for prominently displaying brooches, earrings or necklaces is to use a picture frame. There are a lot of tutorials around for arranging chicken wire, string or lace doilies to create a web to hang items from, which really helps to bring the items up to eye level and draw people’s attention in.
I decided to create a quilted base so that I had the flexibility to hang earrings, brooches or necklaces. To do this I used wadding and a piece of linen to mount through the frame. Both of these things I found easily in a local fabric store. Just place the wadding on the mounting board provided and staple the taught fabric to the back. The frame pictured is a 6×10″, but I also did the same with a much larger frame for the main necklace display.
I also grabbed myself a tester pot of paint to add some colour and unify the display – I used pine boxes and frames from Ikea. I think either of these tricks would work well to display your jewellery at home, don’t you think?