Craft shows, fairs, farmers' markets and similar environments offer crafters an opportunity to show and sell their creative items. Decorate indoor or outdoor craft booths in a variety of ways. Entice people to stop by your booth by arranging the items in an attractive and easy-to-view way.
Use homemade signs that fit in with the theme. Incorporate old signs from dairy farms, country businesses or even streets. For instance, pair an old faded sign that says "Highway 12" with a repainted sign that says "Quilter's Lane." Paint a country sign on old barn siding, fence pieces or old wooden crates. Quilt, applique or cross-stitch cloth signs and place them in old picture frames.
Crafters who attend many shows often use decorated backdrops. Paint a country scene mural on a piece of plywood. Cover a cork board with country-printed fabric. Put a picket fence across the back of the craft booth. Hang old buckets, lanterns, baskets or grapevines from the fence. Cover plywood or cardboard with country-patterned wallpaper.
Shelf and Table Coverings
Cover old shelves with adhesive-backed paper or wallpaper for an easy set-up idea. Old quilts or quilt-patterned fabric, printed tablecloths and country curtains work well as coverings for tables and shelves. Place burlap bags and cotton kitchen towels--especially those printed with old-fashioned brand designs--around the booth to cover partial tables, shelves or smaller display stands.
Old milk cans, milking stools, country crates and barrels add a country look to a craft booth. Old kids' wagons, rocking chairs, kitchen chairs, wagon wheels and fence posts can enhance a booth and entice shoppers. Be sure to put a "not for sale" sign on display items.
Hang battery-operated, oil-type lamps around the booth. Purchase decorative patio lights in tractor, old truck, farm animals or other country shapes. String lights where they will provide decorative lighting, yet not cause an accident or get broken by shoppers. Make luminary lights from old lampshades, buckets, baskets, or antique hat boxes. Place battery-operated candles in the luminaries.
Match the Season
Accentuate old-fashioned seasonal crafts with matching decorations. An old scarecrow, a Christmas tree, plastic Easter eggs hanging along a wall or holiday-printed fabric on shelves can highlight a seasonal theme. Display framed pictures or magazine covers that fit the theme. Hang up Halloween costumes from long ago, or old pairs of ice skates. Place old-time brooms, cornstalks or bushel baskets of leaves in the corners of the booth.
- Photo Credit quilted pumpkins image by Katrina Miller from Fotolia.com
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