I am so excited about this and can hardly wait to put it to use!
Yesterday I was invited to set up at a craft fair for next Saturday. Not much time. I’m not 100% prepared, but thanks to this quick and easy idea, I am a bit closer.
Since it’s a tad too warm for hats right now, I have been making quite a bit of jewelry, which presents a different display challenge for craft fairs. Just throwing it all on a table seems too jumbled for me. I researched a few ideas and nearly all of them were either too complicated or were out of my price range, so I headed out to Hobby Lobby for some inspiration… and I found it!
I bought a tri-fold foam presentation board (18×20″ maybe) for $4.99, a frame stand (half off) for $1.50, and some markers & gel pens. I’m not counting those in the total because I wanted them for something else and will use them again. I also didn’t count the ribbon because I already had it. Though I do need to get some more little clothespins. I made the earring cards a couple of weeks ago after decided the cost to buy them wasn’t worth it at this point.
Since I didn’t take step-by-step pictures, here is a very loose tutorial of what I did…
The first thing I did was to open it up and start doodling around the edges. I didn’t want to doodle over the whole thing because I didn’t want it to be too busy. I started with black and then filled in with the colors. Then I doodled my shop name in the center. It could probably use some more black in it or some thicker lines, but that’s how it is right now.
Then I added ribbon.
To do this I started at the top left. I threaded each panel separately. I threaded ribbon through an embroidery needle, laid the board on the table to keep it from bending and creasing as I pushed the needle through, then I pushed the needle and one end of the ribbon through. I cut the ribbon long enough to push through on the other side and knot. On the back side of the board I created a simple square not to keep it from pulling through to the front and trimmed the ends. Since I used an embroidery needle the knot doesn’t need to be very big.
To make the next row, I clipped one of my earring cards onto the first ribbon to see how far it would hang down. I made my ribbons sit fairly close to the board. My ribbons ended up being 11.5cm apart (up and down). I then did the same thing for each panel across, and…