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    Organizing activities and competitions can be fun but there are times you need some fresh input. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Think inside the hat!

    Party hats, store-bought or made from pages of an old book or scrap paper are very useful for a display. You can staple the hat to the board as a container for whatever you want to showcase. Or hang them in front of the board filled with little notes, poems, toy animals or whatever takes your fancy
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Removing old display items will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle when you tack items to the board. The staples will stick out at one side - perfect to get hold of and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools for creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Spring or Garden display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. It all becomes a blur. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

Christmas Wreath from plastic bags

If you see it hanging on a door, you can’t imagine that this wreath was made out of plastic shopping bags. Yes, it’s a labour of love and you might want to involve the whanau.

Firstly: start collecting them from the beginning of the year. You need a lot of bags to create a tight layer that doesn’t show the base of the wreath.

Secondly: cut them in shape and thread them onto a piece of rubber or plastic pipe that you can bend together and secure.

You don’t need to buy expensive Christmas decorations. With a bit of elbow grease and perseverance, you can make a stunning welcome for your front door. Weather-resistant. No need for watering, Good for the environment, Less landfill.

What you need:

  • A huge amount of plastic bags – cut in rounds depending on how wide you want the wreath to be. Tear it in the center
  • Rubber or plastic pipe that can be connected to form a circle
  • Spray paint or glitter if you want to fancy the wreath up
  • Wire to hang the wreath on the door or wall

What to do:

  • Thread the plastic disks onto the pipe. Jam them tight together so they form a solid mass
  • When all plastic pieces have been used you bend the pipe ends together and secure it with tape or glue
  • Fluff the plastic to make sure the pipe is evenly coated in plasic pieces
  • Decorate if you want to make the wreath more colourful. Use glitter or spray paint
  • Attach the wire and hang it on your outside door to welcome guests and visitors

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