I’m teaching a new class on earring making and needed a way to display samples so that prospective students could see firsthand what they might make.
I tried several ideas but none of them showed the earrings off to advantage — they looked crammed together and uninviting.
Styrofoam to the rescue!
I have several pieces of styrofoam that I use under display cloth at my show booth. Also in my stash of why-did-I-ever-buy-these things were some pins I’d bought years ago and never used.
I covered the styrofoam with a large sheet of white paper. I did a neat, taped down fold to finish it off so that I could pin earring samples to all 4 sides.
The tricky part was getting the display to stand upright without falling over. I thought about making a base around the foam but didn’t have time.
Instead I made foldover loops of masking tape, stuck them on the bottom of the foam and then stuck that into the bottom of a pretty glass plate. I filled the plate with dried beans to add more support and to finish off the display.
This turned out to be a quick and easy display and it didn’t cost me anything (always a nice benefit).
While I’ve used it to show off individual earrings, it could be used to display earring pairs. Although I put most of my earrings on individual cards, I also have some discounted and sale earrings that sit in a small basket. This upright display would show them all at a glance.
Since these forms are easy to make you could create a nice tiered effect by adding 1 or 2 more of different heights. When earrings sell and you want to add another pair, use the same pinholes to keep it looking neat.