Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Vendor Display Rack To Hang Merchandise On... pursuing my dreams

In my last post...
I left you with some sources of inspiration I found online to develop and reach your goals and dreams in life.

I hope to continue sharing the progress I have made in my life as time goes on... by writing my dreams down on paper, creating a vision board, speaking over those dreams daily and working toward those goals.

One area in my dream pursuits that I wanted to give some more time to is my art. 
 Just to recap... I quit my job back in 2007 to pursue a dream of being a full time artist.  I began painting and selling online... steadily developing a customer base and business.  However, when the economy crashed in 2008... so did my sales and I eventually quit selling art altogether.

Fast forward til now... My mother and I started renting an antique booth last year.  She sells antiques and vintage items and I try to sell my art.  The problem with that is I have never had an art display or a real art presence in the booth... I have just "thrown" my paintings in there and hoped they would sell.

So... that is what I have been working on lately... ways to display and make more of an artistic statement in our booth.

I had some blank ornaments packed up for a few years now and I recently got them out and started painting.  I realized that I did not have a way to hang them... 
so I got my DIY juices flowing and came up with this floor display rack...

This is how I started...

I used a tall left over 4x4 post from my new deck out back... upcycle!!  

Next... I took an old shelf (not in use) and cut a piece for my base. (You can buy a more finished plaque at Walmart or Hobby Lobby in the craft section)  

I grabbed my saw and drill and all the wood pieces I could find to make the stand.  Just trying to use what I have!! 

I drilled a hole in the bottom of my base with a flat spade bit so that I could hide the screw underneath and it wouldn't rock back and forth on the ground.

I centered the first hole... but had to add one more on the corner to give it extra support.

Next... just screw the base into the bottom of the post through the hole you created on your base with your bit. (You may want to pre-drill a hole (with a smaller bit than your screw) in the post and center it... depending on how many screws you use.)  And then screw the base on using the pre-drilled holes.

 I wanted to show you how I screwed in the plaque on top of the display rack.   
Same as I did on the base... but this one is through the top of the plaque. 

If creating a sign holder... this hole will be covered.

 If you want to use a finial as the topper... you can skip the flat spade bit drill step and just pre-drill a small hole for the finial.

(this small signholder is for a second display post I'm creating)

As for the sign holder... it was tricky... but I got it to work.  I just happened to have left over canvas frames... I simply hot glued popsicle sticks and thin wood pieces to the back of the the frames to create a gap to slide my sign into. Then, I just glued the back of the frames together.

Since not everyone has canvas frames laying around... 
my thought on this would be to find some unfinished CHUNKY thick wood photo frames and do the same thing.

After painting everything white... I screwed in cast iron hooks I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.

 I glued my sign holder on with E-6000 and Hot Glue.

Next... I just printed a sign from my computer and put it in the sign holder!

I'm working on a second display rack... a table top one using the same method!  Can't wait to get it all set up in the booth!

I'll show you pics when I do!!

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