Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Craft Show Update & DIY Tag Banner

Last weekend I took part in my very first craft show.  It was exciting, nerve-wrecking, stressful and eye-opening.  I want to take a second to express my gratitude and thank my friends and family who supported and encouraged me to start my own itty bitty business. It means the absolute world to me to know I have such wonderful people in my life.  Even all my friends on Instagram that have commenting on my pictures...you rock! 
My set up on the left, Betty in the middle, Beachy Keen Jewelry on the right.
As mentioned in previous posts it took a lot of work to get ready for this show.  The outcome was both rewarding and slightly disappointing. I got lots of praise about how beautiful my work was and how creative and adorable my set up was on the table. Yet, no one bought anything.  That's not true... two people bought my cards (one being my best friend's mom).  I was also selling these rubber band bracelets that kids are obsessed with right now and one little girl kept coming back for more, which was cool but I was only selling them for 50 cents each. 

I didn't get frustrated though.  It was a very small craft show (20 vendors) in a church. I don't think it was advertised very well either, which is a shame. But it was a great experience and I did sell some cards, which is way better than diddly-squat! I already have another craft show lined up for next month and I can't wait. 

But anyways! I wanted to share with you a cute and quick DIY Tag Banner I made for my craft show display. I'm kind of obsessed with it and love the way it turned out!

What you'll need:
White Tags* (Joanne's)
String (my tags came with some)
Scrapbook Paper (Joanne's)
Letter Stickers (Joanne's)
Hole punch
A Glass of Wine**

*I only needed one package for what I wanted to spell out...you may need more for whatever you plan on putting on your banner.
**If you are 21 years of age or older

Step 1:
Because I was working with a smaller space (a suitcase) I had to cut my tags into a smaller size in order to fit properly where I wanted it. Then I punched TWO holes on the top of my tags so they would lay flat on the string.

Step 2:
Choose the scrapbook paper you want to use for some color on your tag banner
 and trace the width of your tags and how much of the paper you want on your tags.
(I didn't want the scrapbook paper to take up the whole tag so I cut it at about an inch and a half/two inches.)

Step 3:
Glue the scrapbook paper onto the tags.

Step 4:
Push your cat out of the way.
(This step may occur many times. Repeat as often as necessary.)

Step 5:
Line up tags whatever way you wish. I put mine into a pattern but you can do it randomly, or whatevs.

Step 6:
 Line up and stick on your letter stickers!

Step 7:
String your tags onto your string...

Step 8:
Hang & Enjoy!

Isn't it great? I love it :)
And you could easily make it into a little "Happy Birthday" or "Merry Christmas" banner too if you just switch up the scrapbook paper you use. Easy Peezy!

Happy crafting!


  1. Oh how pretty! I'm so doing one for Christmas. Bought scrapbook paper because it was on sale, got home and went, "What the heck do I use these for now?" >_< I should not be allowed in public with money in my pockets. lol

    And I'm so glad you didn't get discouraged. I admire you for that, most people just give up after the first try. I know I tend to!

    *coughs* Etsy shop *coughs* ;)

    1. Hahaha I always make impulse buys like that too. And thank you for all your compliments :) You're too sweet!

  2. so cute! i might try this for the holidays... thanks for sharing!


    1. Thank you so much! :) I'm glad you like it.

  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing!