How to Make a Portable Jewelry Display

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How to Make a Portable Jewelry Display
Simple jewellery displays are easy to set up and do not distract from the jewellery itself. (jewellery image by Byron Moore from

When you're displaying your jewellery at a show or fair, its important to use space-saving techniques while making your display look stylish and professional. The most important part of your display will be your actual jewellery pieces, so the best display will showcase your work. For temporary displays, simplicity often works best especially when you want to save time on set-up and takedown.

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Things you need

  • Wood plaques
  • Steel tacks or hooks
  • Paint or other decorating material
  • Plate holders

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  1. 1

    Choose plaques of various sizes. To display necklaces you'll want a plaque that is 25 inches or more in length. For earrings and bracelets, the plaques may be smaller.

  2. 2

    Paint the plaques. You can paint the plaques all one colour or paint designs on them. Use a basic wood paint from a craft or hardware store. You can also glue material onto the plaques for a more varied look.

  3. 3

    Push hooks or tacks into plaques to hold jewellery. Make sure to space them widely enough to avoid overcrowding.

  4. 4

    Set plaques on plate stands to display. You can paint the plate stands to match the plaques if you want to unify your colour scheme.

  5. 5

    To set up your display, simply place your plaques on your display area and arrange your jewellery on them. To pack up your display, remove jewellery and wrap plaques in cloth or towels so that the paint does not scratch off.

Tips and warnings

  • You may also want to choose or make a tablecloth to match the colour scheme and style or your plaques. You can lay this over whatever surface you are given for your display so that you can control its colours and textures.
  • When creating a jewellery display, it is often best to utilise three or fewer colours for your table cloth and plaques. This helps to maintain a unified look that will not distract from your pieces.
  • Black works well to highlight bright colours or light pieces. White or light plaques showcase dark pieces.

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