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?
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.
The phrase fighting the dragon is often used to symbolize or overcoming our own problems and fear. Making a colourful display can be challenging to know more about it check out ‘Barriers to creative thinking in the sidebar, This display shows you that it can be done without much difficulties. So get started and fight your dragons and fire yourself up.
What you need:
images from books, magazines and/or internet
green and red fabric or paper
you could even create some huge flames from yellow and red paper to to give the fire-spitting dragon a 3D effect
What to do:
Find suitable images of dragons. There are different types of dragons and you can choose and pick your favorites or show them by colour, in a historical context or just randomly. In our library we have some fantastic books about dragons and one of them devoted each chapter to a different type. Chinese dragons – water dragons – flying dragons – fire spitting dragons – underworld dragons etc. It is remarkable how many types of dragons there are!
I used a green fabric with a red border for the middle panel and used images from a previous display and cut them in shape. I also used new pictures from dragon books (often enlarged) and stapled them to the board.
I covered the left and right panel in red with a green border. The colours associated with dragons. If I had to do this display again I would choose one bold dragon, enlarge individual pieces till I had a huge dragon filling the three panels. That would make a statement!
For the bottom part I used a wide border of dragon tiles. The books are standing in front of the panel so it is no use to cover them with pretty pictures, you hardly see them, but the same border on all three panels connects the different panels.
Keep on the lookout for unusual, funny or cartoon-like images in magazines, on internet or in the daily paper like the image above. Cut or copy them and store them for when you need inspiration.
One of those unusual images can be the basis for a great display. You don't need to do the whole design yourself.
Or what about this one? Free will, an illusion?
TIP: Use old umbrellas as a display unit!
Old umbrellas without the fabric but with a good frame are fantastic as a display item
You can hang little objects like birds, light bulbs, little books and art objects from the frame. Fluffy fabric draped over the frame will give it an extra elegance.... let your imagination run wild and experiment!
TIP: Keep an action list
I am not particularly good at it myself - I'm an ad hoc person - but it is one of my recommendations when I give display workshops. It helps you keeping track of what you're going to do.
Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like and write down what materials and tools you're going to need
Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display etc. till you reach D-day and start getting nervous....