Saturday, December 1, 2012

Craft Show Christmas Tree Display

I just wanted to share with you all the fabulous Christmas tree display that my father made me to use for craft shows.  No, he won't make one for you.  Be very jealous.

I wanted a Christmas tree display for my handmade dragonfly ornaments that would be simple and open to suit the style of my craft show displays and keep from blocking my view when I'm behind my tables and from blocking the precious light needed on my items like an artificial tabletop tree would.  It also needed to be compact and flat so it doesn't take up a lot of precious table surface space, but sturdy enough to not be knocked over.  And my one big request was that it break down to pack away and be of the dimensions that would allow me to fit it in the totes I use for shows.

Unfinished wood tree.  My dad made it so that the finial on top can be switched out with others. I like the bare wood and was sad to have to paint it, but I needed a whitewashed look to go with my table displays.
I don't know if you can see in the photo, but my dad made the ends of the dowels and the holes they fit into on the center pole threaded so they screw firmly into place. I painted the parts and then went over them with steel wool to get a whitewashed look before I sealed them with clear sealant.
This worked beautifully at my last show. There are 50-60 ornaments displayed on this one tree.
I think this might come out of my craft show storage to be used in my house this Christmas
I sewed a couple of fluffy fleece drawstring bags to protect the pieces.  Inside the pieces are further protected by being wrapped in sheets of fleece.  These worked out so well I sewed fleece bags for some other displays to help protect them.