It's been years since I've participated in any kind of art festival but this year I decided to join in on the fun and reserve a space at a local Holiday market in Watercolor, Florida. Since it was a short evening event from 5-9, I figured that would be the perfect opportunity to revisit outdoor shows and I had a wonderful time!
I didn't get a chance to take as many photos as I would have liked but this photo shows my tent after we got it set up.
My awesome husband came with me and he ran the Square app for sales while I bagged purchases and talked to the customers and I'm so thankful he was there! I already had the Square swipe reader but upgraded to the contactless and chip reader from Square for this event and I'm glad I did, it worked perfectly ... highly recommend!
I wanted to make make my space look great while not investing a huge amount of money for such a short event and came up with a few creative ideas for display. The event provided one 8ft table and the tent so for additional tables I brought my collapsible sawhorses and a sheet of plywood along with a small round folding table I already had. To start, I needed covers for those tables...
I had a huge canvas dropcloth and cut it in half to make two tablecloths. I used a small paint roller to roll on stripes of white paint not being too exact with them. The dropcloth already had a few paint splatters from past projects so along with the stripes, I added more splatters so it would all blend together. The small round table in the left corner was covered with a velvety throw from my linen closet.
We had to provide our own lighting for the tent so I purchased a set of LED strand lights from Amazon. A little pricey but one strand lit up my 10 x 10 tent perfectly. I wish I could have taken a photo of my tent after it was dark because it was lit up! Lighting is so important and I was so glad I went with the bright LED lights.
To display my mosaics, I built wooden easels. I mostly followed these instructions I found online, but I used pre-primed white 1 x 2's for my easels instead of the 2x2's in the instructions. I wanted them to be white anyway so the primed wood worked out great. I built 11 easels in a couple of hours for just under $50.
To hang my mosaic ornaments I built a palm tree display. The trunk is from a deconstructed cat scratcher that I covered in crushed shells. I added a couple of dowels through the middle for hanging the ornaments.
For the base I mounted it on a cradled frame I had made a while back for artwork and covered it in colored sand. The plastic leaves were ordered from Amazon and attached to a Dollar store umbrella frame and inserted in the top. It is a very sturdy piece and was a great addition to the coastal vibe I had for the space.
For my business sign I had a couple of very inexpensive art pieces that were given to me...you know the type, the artwork printed on plastic-y canvas.
I painted over the background of one of those panels and created letter stencils 'old school' style using Microsoft Paint and printed on multiple pages to get the large size. I traced the letters on the canvas then filled in with paint. It was a nice lightweight, quick solution using something I already had on hand.
Amazon was my friend for this show! I ordered a box of white bags along with a huge pack of white tissue paper and stapled my business cards to the bags for packing small items.
I put a few gift bows on some of my mosaics and used the trays and paper filler to display my glass hand painted coastal ornaments.
I used the Dollar store paper plates to create pricing signage.
I added a few stripes of pearlized paint around the edges. Dry brushed a little metallic paint on copy paper, let dry then printed my pricing on the paper and attached with spray adhesive to the plate.
I used leftover wood scraps from the easels I built to create a stand for the paper plate signs.
I inserted dowels into the base and glued the paper plates to the stands.They were large, readable and worked out great to carry the color theme throughout the tent
A friend had given me a stack of paper lanterns and I added quick hand painted coastal designs on them. I didn't have as much room as I thought I would to hang them but did hang a few in the tent!
I captured a quick video of my booth before the show started.
I also cut fresh Palmetto leaves from the yard the night before and used them to add a little greenery to my booth. You can see them tucked under the ornament platters and behind the easels and I stapled a couple to the front of the tablecloth.
They had Christmas music playing and "snow" which is a big deal in Florida!
Here's a shot as the show was just getting started. It was just lovely talking to customers face to face. I ending up having a very successful show and a beautiful, festive evening!