DIY Folding Display for Craft Shows and Markets

I participated in two vintage markets in 2016 and needed a place where I could hang things for buyers to see. I wanted something portable, inexpensive, and something that would let me hang something in multiple spots. A trip to Lowe's lumber department gave me an idea, I made a portable display using a privacy fence section.
diy folding display for craft shows and markets, crafts
The wall folding in half and has removable pieces on the ends that allow it to be free standing. I can pound small nails into the boards to hang things and when the show is over, the nails are easily removed.
diy folding display for craft shows and markets, crafts
One fence section is a great size for a display but it is too big to store or transport. We had a worker at Lowe's cut the fence section in half. We then strapped the two sections to our Explorer and headed home to make the folding display.
diy folding display for craft shows and markets, crafts
The two fence pieces were lined up and screwed together using 3 (4") galvanized hinges. Now the fence will fold for easy storage and for transport.
diy folding display for craft shows and markets, crafts
We wanted the fence to be free standing, so we devised braces to use on the sides of the fence. We cut two triangles from scrap 1/2” plywood, and utilized scrap 2×4’s to hold the fence vertically. The triangle’s base measures 34” and its height measures 17”. The bottom 2×4 piece is 7” and the top on 5 3/4”. Click on over to my blog post to see exactly how we made the braces. The link is at the bottom of this post.
diy folding display for craft shows and markets, crafts
Here's a side view of the display. I've only used this for outdoor shows and for safety's sake, tied the display to a tree to make sure the wind didn't blow it over. If used indoors against a wall, the display wouldn't need extra support.
SweetPea Paula

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  • Sylven Roberts
    on Mar 22, 2017

    set them at a 45 to each other and you have 2 signs you can read from both ways.

  • Monette Clarke
    on May 7, 2017

    How big is each piece?

    • Min Meinir Lewis
      on Jun 10, 2017

      I must see if you can buy that size in Uk perfect for renewing my fence I need at top of garden

  • Mary
    on Jul 30, 2018

    Do you think this set up would hold item that weight about 8 to 10 pounds? I make mirrors with driftwood attached and have trouble displaying them at shows. They take up a lot of room set up on a mini easel on a table.

    • Lorene
      on Feb 3, 2019

      I have seen people use a sturdy metal fence like with 2”x2” squares, about 5’x5’ pieces set up in a triangle or square to hold heavy items at craft fairs. You see displays at micheals etc that are like that.

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