Crochet Hat Display, DIY

I know that there are tons of ideas online on pinterest and google of how to display your hand-crafted hats at a craft show. I am sure that the idea that I am about to tutorial below is not original to the brain of Family Bugs. However, there is no possible way that I could even trace back to where I got the idea from, and even more impossible the track back to the original creator of this idea. So, without further ado…here is my hat display.

  1. Get some cute little globe-shaped vases from the dollar store (newborn sized hats fit these so perfectly).
  2. Coerce Mr. Lovely to drink some coffee flavored beverage (or, if you appreciate these kind of drinks, by all means, guzzle it down yourself!).
  3. Hot glue the globe vase to the coffee jar. While not necessary, this insures that the globe does not get dislodged during transport or while the hats are coming off and on.
  4. Wrap it up in the yarn of your choice. Or paint it. Or paper mache some cute scrapbook paper. Just cover it up and make it look pretty.
  5. Add the hat, and your finished!

Pretty simple, and pretty low-cost. Which is perfect for a craft-show. This particular display is going to work better for me than my previous display for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s a little bit sturdier, being glass instead of Styrofoam. Secondly, I only have two different kinds of hats for this particular show: Poke ball hats, and pikachu hats, I didn’t need a display with 6 different stands. Although that could add an interesting element to my overall display, it isn’t what I was going for. So, I’ve got my two little stands, and in front of each stand I will have my stacks of hats (in all sizes), and it’s going to work out perfectly!

Tiny Doll Display

I have been busy busy the past several days/weeks getting ready for a craft show that’s coming up soon. Of course I’ve done the research and I know how important having a good display can be for such an event. One of my products are these cute little garden fairies that I made out of pipe cleaners and silk flowers (I just love them, and so do my girls!). But after searching high and low I could not find a display that was perfect for them. I’m not happy just laying them out on the table, that’s blah, and putting them in a bowl or box would result in a tangly mess. They are kind of gangly in the limbs. Mr. Lovely impulsively bought some tortilla chips several weeks ago, and as I was getting ready to throw away the box, a brilliant idea came to me and I just had to share my process with you guys.

  1. Take a large box.
  2. Cover said box in white paper, or paint it all white.
  3. Splash some watercolor on that puppy.
    1. Pour some water on the surface, splash it around, no rhyme or reason.
    2. Dab your paintbrush in some watercolor, dab it on the box in splotches, swirl it around as desired. Again, no rhyme or reason.
    3. Let the paint dry. Depending on how much water your poured on the box, it might take a while.
  4. Create relevant details (in this case, the toadstools)
  5. Add adorable tiny clothes pins.
  6. Hang your tiny dolls accordingly.

It’s pretty simple, right? I really cannot believe that no one else has done one like this before. Or at least, I couldn’t find anything even remotely similar.

Mantras for the Crafter!

Mantra? What’s that? And why do I need one? A mantra is simply a short, pithy, positive, encouraging, statement that you might say over and over to yourself. My favorite one has always been from the adorable fish, Dory (no, I have not had a chance to find “Finding Dory” yet, but I certainly plan to rent it just as soon as I can!): “Just Keep Swimming”! However, there are lots of other positive quotes out there for the crafter. I recommend having a few of them in your arsenal (or being willing to find a relevant one as the situation calls for it). They really can make a big impact and encourage you to step over that last giant hurdle that may be in your way!