Craft Show Displays

Tips and ideas for craft show displays. This blog post is a sub topic to our main blog post on Craft Fair Tips And Tricks. So, what sort of trade show displays should you use?. It depends on what you are selling, thus, if you are selling small goods (jewellery for example) or large goods (frames, paintings etc). For large items, it is usually best to go with wood craft show display shelves. In general, wood shelves are usually large, hence, easy to make (diy craft show displays).

See the following links if you want to find out more about craft fairs, and get some good tips and advice.

Dublin Ireland Craft Fairs

Craft Events In Ireland

Craft fair display racks (for small items)

In terms of craft show displays, the rack you use makes all the difference. For small items, it is usually best to go with small step racks, finger boards, boards with hanging hooks, peg boards and small boxes. For displaying small items, position your display stands/racks left and right on the table, with a space in between, thus, you can use the middle space for business cards or product folders.

Craft fair display racks (for LARGE items)

For large items, it is best to go with display steps, timber racks and large boxes. It is very important to make sure that whatever you choose, it is strong and steady, to avoid any accidents. If possible, position your racks/shelves left and right, with space in the middle for other stuff. However, this is not always possible when using large products. Alternatively, you can put the large items from the middle, to the side of the craft table. Thus, you can put stationary or product folders on one side of the table.

Craft show table display ideas (craft show displays)

In terms of craft fair table layout, make sure you have all your products standing up, like on a step system, so that they can all be seen. For general advice on craft fair tables, see our blog post on Craft Fair Tables. It is crucial to get your craft show booth layout correct. Before the craft show, set up your table outdoors (if possible) and walk far away from it. Look back and see if you can see all the products you could see while standing beside it. If you cannot see all your products, your product shelves/racks need to be higher, or positioned differently. See the following photos for some good creative display ideas.



Craft Fair Tables

This blog post is all about craft fair tables. This is a sub topic to our main blog post on (Craft Fair Tips And Tricks). There are many display ideas for craft fairs, thus, the type of table you will need can vary. In general, you need a strong, steady durable table, that folds down in order to fit into your car/van. Check with the craft fair organizer as to what size table you need, then may even have some market display ideas for you to consider. Some craft fair organizers will rent you a table for the day!!. Here are some tables that would be suitable for craft fairs.

Craft Fair Foldable Table

Craft Fair Foldable Table This table can be purchases from Fruugo



Compact Foldable Table
Compact Foldable Table

This table is compact and can be purchased from AJ Products

Craft show table displays (craft fair tables)

In order to have a successful craft show event, you must put lots of thought into what type of craft fair tables you are looking for. There are many creative display ideas that will show off your products to their best. It is best to make or purchase some sort of rack, or wooden step structure, hence, using a step structure/display rack, will ensure your products can be seen and are not overlooked (see our main blog post on Craft Fair Tips And Tricks).

Craft fair display racks

Display racks can be expensive, if you wish to purchase them, therefore, you may be better off creating a diy version of them. Just a simple step structure will suffice. The size of the steps will vary, depending on what you are displaying. See the following diy display rack we created for our first craft fair.

Craft Fair Tables Steps Shauna-Gra

Craft steps like this, elevate your products, therefore they can be seen from a distance.

Craft Fair Tables - Shauna-Gra

Craft Fair Tips And Tricks

My first craft fair experience

This blog post (Craft Fair Tips And Tricks) is to tell you my experience of doing a Craft Fair for the first time! On the 25th November 2018, Rush Craft Fair (Dublin Ireland) had their annual craft fair. It was held in Saint Maur’s GAA Club. There were over 50 stalls, ranging from a wide selection of tasty food to handmade crafts. This blog post will give you many craft fair display tips and ideas.

Craft fair preperation, get a table!!

You can read our blog post on Craft Fair Tables.

The key to anything in your life is preparing. That famous phrase springs to mind (If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail). First of all, I had to take into consideration is the fair an indoor or outdoor event? The fair I attended was indoor, so I did not have to worry about staying warm. It is essential to have a table to put your products on. Make sure your table that you are going to display your goods on is sturdy and secure. There is no point in having one that will collapse with the weight of a number of items. I purchased my table for €20 in Argos but once again my husband stepped in and made it sturdier. (see Craft Fair Tips And Tricks at the end of this blog for complete list of items required).

Craft fair display steps

Have a look at our blog post on Craft Show Displays for more ideas.

I make personalised name frames and handmade cards. Therefore, I wanted to make sure my one of a kind frames could be seen. Thank God my husband loves DIY as I asked him to make me a display in the form of steps to showcase my products. If you take anything from this blog (Craft Fair Tips And Tricks), please buy or create display steps, they are vital. Its vital all your products can be seen from far away (don’t have them laying down flat on the table, this will kill your chances of being seen).

Craft Fair Tips And Tricks Diy-Display-Steps-Shauna-Gra
Craft Fair Tips And Tricks Diy-Display-Steps-Shauna-Gra

You need boxes, lots of them

Believe me, that few hours before the fair will fly in and then it’s time to put your sales face on. Also take in to account how are you going to transport your products? Do you need to get boxes, I find Ikea or Mr Price fantastic for boxes. How are you going to transport your boxes from the car to your stall? Have you got a trolley that will save you making a few trips to the car! Another alternative is suitcases with wheels.

Getting your brand out there

Make sure you have a sign with your craft name on it. This is vital to having your brand name seen, and getting your name out there. Make a banner that is big and can be seen from far away, then put it in front of your stall at eye level. Thus, people can see it and it will be in the background in photos. When people share photos from the craft fair on Facebook, your banner will probably be seen as well.

How to display products at a craft show

Just to give you an idea, I spent a few weeks designing and making products to display at the fair. One of the biggest things to take from this blog (Craft Fair Tips And Tricks), it is essential to have a wide selection of products. I also advise you to have a range of prices too. Another little tip I will give you, make sure all of your prices are visible! It can be intimidating to keep asking someone; how much is this and how much is that? The week before the event make sure you have a trial set up so you fly through it on the morning of the fair.

Craft Fair Tips And Tricks Display-Stand-Shauna-Gra
Craft Fair Tips And Tricks Display-Stand-Shauna-Gra

You can see some of our porducts here:

Baby name in a frame

Personalised family frame

Housewarming gift

Irish welcome gift

Personalised wedding frame

You can read some of our previous blog posts here:

Baby and christening gifts

Put your phone away, give out business cards

The day of the fair do not sit on your phone. Make sure you smile if someone approaches your stall but do not hop on them in pure desperation for a sale. Have your business cards at the ready in order to hand them out. Just because someone does not buy from you on the day does not mean that they are not a potential customer. Please make sure, if you have a stall at a craft fair, to have visible price tags on all of your items. This definitely helped to draw potential clients to my stall.

Craft Fair Tips And Tricks

  1. Table and table cover cloth (that covers right down to the ground on front)
  2. Display stand for your products
  3. Bubble wrap, newspapers, bags
  4. Price tags, cello tape, scissors, money bag, change, pens
  5. Receipt book (don’t forget to take peoples emails!!)
  6. Note book (take notes on the day, for your next craft fair!!)
  7. Business cards, (hand them out when people are passing by)
  8. Food and water


On the day just be yourself, smile and enjoy the experience! (and take notes) Good luck