How to Make Your Own Display Plate Stand

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How to Make Your Own Display Plate Stand
Kids often use a display stand to visually present their work at science fairs. (science image by timur1970 from

Display stands are used for trade shows, science fairs and other informational events that require the presentation of information. They are typically made of cardboard and placed on a table. Pieces of information including text, pictures and other visual aids are spread across the display stand so that passersby can easily view the work. Creating your own stand is something that can be done in a few hours. The actual length of time will depend on how elaborate you wish to make the stand.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard (white display board 4-6 mm. thick)
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Looped nylon
  • Paint brush or roller
  • PVA adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Superflex extrusions

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  1. 1

    Cut the cardboard to the desired size panels with a utility knife or a pair of scissors. Consider how much space you will need to display information. Also consider how much space you will be given to display your work. The cardboard should be square or rectangular after the cut. There should be at least two panels.

  2. 2

    Unroll the looped nylon and lay it across a flat surface that is large enough to contain a panel of your cardboard.

  3. 3

    Place the cardboard, face down, on the looped nylon.

  4. 4

    Cut the looped nylon with a pair of scissors. Make the cut around the perimeter of the panel of the cardboard panel leaving at least 50mm. of excess nylon around all sides of the cardboard. Repeat this for all remaining cardboard panels.

  5. 5

    Lay the cardboard panel, face up on a flat surface. Spread a layer of PVA adhesive over the front face of the cardboard with a paintbrush or paint roller. Repeat this for all panels.

  6. 6

    Adhere the looped nylon to the side of the cardboard covered with PVA adhesive. Make sure that the nylon is flat and wrinkle-free. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours. Repeat this for all of the cardboard panels. Repeat this for the back of all the cardboard panels if the cardboard has bowed after drying. The tight nylon on the back of each panel will counteract the forward bowing.

  7. 7

    Trim off excess nylon from the perimeter of all the panels with pair of scissors.

  8. 8

    Attach all panels to one another with Superflex Extrusions. Cut the extrusions to the vertical length of your panels with a utility knife. Slide the ends of the panels into the slots on the extrusions. The flexible extrusions will allow the panels to remain connected yet flexible and able to bend for portability.

  9. 9

    Turn the panels so that they are face up on the flat surface. Adhere information to the front of the board using Velcro or push pins. Applying adhesive-back Velcro to the back of your information pieces will let them stick to the nylon. Push pins will hold information pieces on to the surface by puncturing the nylon and cardboard.

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