When I was developing the layout for my jewelry booth last spring, I decided that I wanted to make my own displays. I had been looking around on the internet and had found that everything was either too expensive, or just looked like everyone else’s displays. I was looking for a form that I could display a necklace on, and also something that could stack together and fit nicely in a small space. (The reason I needed everything so compact is because I was traveling in a small saturn that has insufficient trunk space.)
Fun Foam (large sheet)
Small sheet of posterboard, or an old cereal box
Approximately $.75 per display
I came up with a design that was cheap, easy to make and compact. I used this material call Fun Foam that s sold at many large craft store, which runs about $1-$2 per sheet.
- First, I measured an oval shape out, I made a template out of a cereal box that I opened up to lay flat. I actually traced a oval shaped ceramic baking dish, but any large oval shape will work.
- Then I made a 3″ slit in the cardboard on one of the ends (The slit should be cut from the edge, towards the middle of the oval.) Also make a mark on the edge of the template about 3″ away from the slit.
- I traced this shape onto the Fun Foam (two ovals will fit on one large piece of fun foam). Then I put my pen in the 3″ slit and traced that onto the foam. Also I made a pen mark where the second mark was made.
- I cut out the oval shapes with my scissors, and then I made a cut where the 3″ line was drawn. Then I drew on the foam a pie slice shape from where the 3″ line was to the second mark on the edge of the piece.
- I put rubber cement onto this triangle shape on the foam and then folded over the other side to stick to it. I used paper clips and clothes pins to hold it until the glue was dry.
- The Metal Piece is made from 19 inches of 16 ga copper wire. Mark the wire at 3″, 8″, 11″, 16″, 19″ with a sharpie.
- Holding the wire vertically, bend a 90 degree angle away at the 8″ mark and the 11″ mark. (This will be the top of the display where the earrings hang.)
- Then, holding the wire like a U-shape, bend the left wire back, away from you (a little more than 90 degrees) then the same to the right hand wire.
- Poke two holes 3 inches apart in the foam part, and thread the wire piece through, adjust by hand bending until it fits correctly.
Pros: durable, lightweight, easy to make, cheap supplies, easy to clean, compact
Cons: light weight (can be a problem if jewelry is light weight and it is windy), can show dust, can get crushed if packed carelessly. Can become sort of squished if jewelry is really heavy.
*Please let me know if you use this display idea and how it works for you. I am putting this pattern out there for anyone to use, but all I ask is that you leave a comment on how it works (Pros or Cons).