Monday, August 20, 2012

Hairbow display for my future craft fair endeavors!

I just want to say thank you to all the lovely ladies who commented on my last post! It's one of those bittersweet moments knowing that you're not alone, but hating that anyone else is dealing with this crap! It really put me in a depressive funk these past few weeks.

But it's onward and upward! Last year I did two craft fairs and lemme tell you something: I.Was.Not.Prepared. Not even a little bit. Not even a smidge. I really just threw everything on the table and hoped people would like it all.

Well, I didn't do so well. People didn't want to "disturb" my display so they barely looked through anything. No one could tell what certain things were. It was just a jumble. A major jumble.

Not this year, my friends! No, I finally got a head start on the craft fairs! Last year I signed up with only a couple weeks of notice. This year I'm a few months ahead. Go me! This gives me time to perfect my display.
If you've been following my previous posts about the ribbon (here and I think here) stash, you can imagine I have about five billion hair bows and adornments to make. Obviously, I need a special way to display them. I could just toss them all in a big bowl and let the shoppers have at it... but that wouldn't be very pretty, would it?



You'll need a few things: A picture frame, foamcore board, shelf liner (or fabric or scrapbook paper), ribbon, glue and/or staple gun, primer and paint.

I didn't get a ton of pictures of the process. I was starting to get a cold, so my fuzzy brain wasn't processing well. You'll need to sand down the frame. I got my frame from Savers for 10 bucks. It's pretty beefy. I think it's a bit over 2 feet by 3 feet... maybe bigger. Once you give the frame some tooth, cover it in primer. I used Zissner BIN 123 primer. I then painted it with a sample of Olympic One French Riviera. So pretty and bluuuuue!

Before I painted, I measured the inside of the frame and cut my foamcore board to fit. I used packing tape to tape the pieces together. I needed two pieces. I got my foamcore at Dollar Tree. Love that place!

I used shelf liner I found at Marshall's. I ended up doing both sides because my first side was really wonky. Make sure if you're using shelf liner to go slow and press out all the bubbles as you stick it to the paper. I have a few creases which you thankfully can't notice.

I put that aside and used glue AND a staple gun for the ribbon. Once the pieces were glued but not completely dried, I used my staple gun to make the ribbon taunt. Didn't work amazingly well in some places, but it's okay.

I stapled my board to the back and was finished! I love the colors! I need to add a ribbon to the back so I can hang the frame onto my clothing rack. Of course, I'll need to weigh the clothing rack down, but that'll be easy.



So what do you think? I like it a lot. I think it'll get noticed at the fairs. Now I must finish embellishing all those blank clips!

Linking up to:
TaterTots and Jello Wrap Up party

2 comments:

Bethany Lee said...

I love this! The color combo is fab! :)

Misty K. said...

Nice job! Good luck at your shows too. I only did one last year and got more compliments and questions (so they can copy me) than anything else. I plan to do another show this year and thinking of maybe trying to organize my own craft faire next year at the church across the street from me. I love the colors you used also.

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