Craft Show Tips
The best ideas and suggestions for craft shows
We have collected some great craft show tips from experienced crafters. Creative and cost effective craft show ideas that will set your display apart and attract the customers you want.
- Create a theme
Having a theme for your craft show display can make your display very appealing to customers. You can achieve this in a number of ways. Set up your crafts to center around a season, around a particular decade, a rustic
theme, a beach theme, a musical theme, a vintage theme. The list is endless. Create your theme using appropriate props. Old long-playing records and defunct musical instruments can be picked up
for virtually nothing, shells and driftwood are free, so are dried autumn leaves! Just be careful not to loose your crafts in your
themed display. The focus should be on your product with the props providing a background for your display.
- Covering your table
Use your imagination to find affordable but interesting covers
for your craft table. Are you selling handmade crafts and want a rustic look for your display? Using sacks to cover your table will
create a wonderful rustic, organic feel. Reed beach mats can create the same effect. Get some nice fabric and if you can't sew then use fabric tape to fold the edges over to create a finished look. Check
clearance bolts. Flat bed sheets can sometimes be cheaper than fabric. You can use a fabric runner, a lace table cloth or a length of wall paper over the sheet. Keep your color scheme simple and not a distraction from your crafts.
Use weights to keep you cover in place.
Here are some creative and cost-effective craft show tips for signage. Applique fabric letters to the the skirt
of your tablecloth. Use a free standing blackboard - that way you can constantly update your message. Use an unusual picture frame with backing board to list
your prices. Hang brightly colored bunting, each with a different letter, to spell out your crafts. You can create your own bunting using scraps of fabric.
- Use your business cards
Make your own business cards. Craft show tips include using them for earring cards, hair accessory cards,
clothing labels and price tags. Any sale you make is also a marketing opportunity!
- How to hang crafts
A garden trellis can be used to display jewelry. Old picture frames or wooden trays can be used to display jewelry by stringing ribbon
or picture wire across. Folding wooden laundry racks can be used to display items such as aprons and linens. Secure the items with clothes pins to create
a homespun feel. Set up a clothesline at the back of your booth to hang scarves from. Find some nicely shaped and sturdy tree branches. Stick them
into old cans or buckets filled with wet plaster to create a tree display to hang jewelry and other items from. You can spray paint the branches and cover the
plaster with pebbles. Paint,cover or decorate the cans and buckets for a great effect. Alternatively varnish the branch and secure it in a block of wood.
- Create shelving cheaply
Two old ladders placed a short distance apart with inexpensive
pine boards resting on the rungs between make great shelves. Alternatively open the step ladder wide and place planks across the steps to create shelves. You can use a step ladder to hang your folded quilts or scarves on.
- Create different levels
Use display risers to create different heights for your display. Flat
rows of crafts look uninteresting and unappealing. Use boxes or wood blocks nicely wrapped in attractive paper for risers or spray paint paver bricks. Small pretty pillows can be used to place
jewelry and accessories on. An old step stool painted and placed on top of your craft table creates instant shelving and gives your display dimension. Some even have storage space where you can keep extra products.
- More craft show tips
Put a fun bowl filled with wrapped candy on your table. It makes you seem friendly
and keeps the kids busy while mum browses! A bouquet of flowers always gets attention. Small mirrors put under the base of your crafts reflect the item from
a different angle and catch the light to create a sparkling effect.
Paint or cover a long paint roller and use it to display your bracelets. Use an old highchair
to hang baby items on. Use old picture frames that you can pick up cheaply. Decorate the frame. Remove the glass and picture and replace it with netting to hang earrings on.
- Money keeping Using a money belt is both convenient and secure. You can either find an attractive one to wear over your clothes or hide it under
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