I went back and forth and back and forth brainstorming ideas for how to display all our various Harvest Studio products at an upcoming fair. The difficulty was that I wanted the display to be clean and simple, big enough to display items while not looking cramped AND be easily portable. I had some ideas but nothing made my heart seem to jump. We were getting really close to the Market day and I was getting nervous, so my husband told me that if I can’t come up with something than I can borrow the peg board in our laundry room until I get an idea. LIGHT BULB! That was it!
I was really excited about this idea! But instead of borrowing the peg board from the laundry room, I decided to make my own to match the style of the Studio. Off to Lowe’s I went. This homemade peg board was very simple, and it only took a few hours to make. The beauty of this really comes from the way in which you use it. Here were the steps/design choices I made and maybe you can find inspiration!
Step 1: 1/2″x2’x4′ Birch Plywood.I chose 1/2″ because I wanted it to be sturdy enough to not bend/sag in transport or when fully loaded with products while also not being too heavy to load/unload for each market. I also just love the finish of Birch, but you pick what fits you!
Step 2: Hole Pattern. This is where your creativity can set in. There are a ton of different options. Find something that inspires you and also allows the board to function as you wish. I drilled 1/2″ holes every 3″ for one board and 1/2″ hole every 6″ (alternating rows like a brick pattern) on the second board. (tip: if you sandwich your board between scrap wood and drill through the scrap wood, it’ll prevent the drill from blowing out the edges and make a clean hole).
Step 3: 1/2″ Dowels. A handsaw will easily cut these dowels to any length you want. Use fine sandpaper to finish them off. I sewed up some scrap fabric to make a little pouch to carry all the dowel in so I don’t lose them.
Step 4: Support. I chose to keep my peg board upright by hinging them together. I found some cool hinges I really love and hinged them together. One of the driving factors in this decision is that I can easily fold the two boards together for easy transport. I get more usable display space without taking up vital transport space.
Step 5: Get Creative! This is the fun part. Display time! The beauty of a peg board is that you can do it differently every time. You can learn from what you like/don’t like and make changes without having to invest in more/different displays. This is very appealing for a small business. It’s not just about the products at a market, but also how you present them! Present them proudly! You’re doing great things.
I hope this inspires you!