Remember that table top display I was making? Well this is it. It’s made of a ceiling tile from Home Depot. It worked pretty well this weekend at market and for its very simple construction it was quite sturdy. I’m sure this is not a novel idea. In fact my friend Benna uses panels like this hung from a free standing wire frame work to pin up her glass pendants. That’s where I got the idea to make this into a table top display.The ceiling tile I used was a little over 23 inches square. I used a utility knife and a straight edge to cut a 12 inch wide panel. The remaining piece forms the second half of the display. I spray painted each panel front, back and sides. Then used upholstery tacks to finish the side and top edges with ribbon. I lined up the panels and applied Velcro strips to the back side of the panels. The Velcro mate is used to hinge the panels together when I stand them up with the narrower panel butted up against the 12 inch section. To keep the pieces from sliding outwards, I used a piece of ribbon stretched across the front bottom of the panels and tacked to the back side. It lies flush with the table and works like the chain that keeps a box lid from flipping open too far. And that’s it. The whole lot packs up flat and is super light weight. Both bonuses for portablility. Easy peasy, took about a half an hour, and cost less than $15 to assemble.
I’m sure there are more bells and whistles that could be added to this. I’ve got a few in mind. For example, you could apply fabric to the panels for a little dressier version. I’ve thought about making a Velcro attached hook system. I’d love to hear your ideas!