And while it’s true that I’m sort of addicted to making craft show displays I can totally justify this one (and I can stop anytime I want to!).
See, here’s the deal.
However each has also posed a transport and storage problem.
As you know due to the size of my car (Honda Fit) all my stuff needs to be as compact as possible. My goal is to have everything fit neatly into boxes so that loading/unloading the car is simple. I needed (see! it was a NEED!!!) a new display that was compact to transport, sturdy, versatile and easy to set up.
I’ve seen great, beautifully made, collapsible display stands on Etsy but I just couldn’t afford them.
I was getting ready for the Jackalope Show when I had a brainstorm for a simple, compact, pack-able option.
It came together very quickly, it’s sort of embarrassingly simple (I hesitated to post about it because it’s so…..basic) but I think it will serve me well and variations of it would serve others well too.
- 4×4 pine post lumber
- 1×4 pine strips
- Tite Bond Wood Glue (and clamps)
- White paint
- Teacher’s Tape
I cut my 4×4 lumber down into two 4×4 blocks and two 4×8 blocks.To make the base gs sturdy I just glued the blocks together (using clamps to hold them in place as the glue dried) and then I painted them white (not very well I’ll admit – I was in a hurry and “rustic” was kind of what I was going for).And with two more more 1x4s cut to length and then painted
I wanted it to be easy to set up and take down but I also wanted to make sure it didn’t come apart if a customer jostled it or something.
Have you heard of Teacher’s Tape? It’s my big craft-show lifesaver – I never do a show without a big supply on hand. It’s inexpensive and super strong but also easily removable. It’s great for sticking up signs or, as as I did here, just adding that little extra grip that will prevent the stand from coming apart until I’m ready to pack it up. To pieces on the bottom of each end of the the shelves and that sucker isn’t going anywhere.
It’s versatile enough that if I need it to be longer someday I can just cut some longer.
And, best of all, the whole thing breaks down and fits neatly in a box for transport and storage.
If you’re local please do come out and see me (and see my display in action!).