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  • Activities and Competitions

    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.

Hey, I’m alive…

Good survival stories are exciting to read. Whether people survive a storm at sea in a dingy, a mountaineering experience or a plane crash, reading about their struggles makes the comfortable chair we’re sitting in even more enjoyable. We emphasise when food supplies are dwindling, imagine the pain of broken bones and get scared when towering waves nearly sink the boat. When finally help arrives and the disaster-stricken travellers know they are safe, we share their joy to be alive.

For this display, I used pieces of coloured paper, copied articles from magazines featuring a disaster and bought some nice coloured paper to give the diamond shapes of the display their radiant image.

What you need:

  • Newspaper clippings (black and white) of survival stories (enlarged on A3)
  • 3 different coloured papers (A3) used to create the back of the diamond on the display board
  • 3 different coloured papers (same colours as diamond) to cover the arch above the display
  • 4 images (enlarged on A3 and cut to shape) laminated
  • Printed letters for the title: “Hey, I’m alive” – one letter per A4
  • Printed letters for the banner: “Survival stories” one letter per A4
  • Matching colour card as background for title and banner
  • To cover up the iron bars between the boards I copied and laminated 3 snakes the length of the bars plus some images to place next to the banner
  • Card
  • Stapler /Tape/ Stanley/ Knife/ Scissors

What to do:

Cover the display board with newspaper clippings. There are two ways to do it. Bit by bit on the board or measure the size of the board and put the sheets together on a workbench or table. I used the first method. Staple one piece on the left top corner of the board. Use one or two staples. Make sure you keep the stapler at an angle so that you can remove the staples easily: see my display tips on the side

Put bits of tape behind the sheet but let half of it stick out so that you can attach the next piece. Staple it again with one staple and continue until you have the top part of the board covered. The next row of sheets can be only taped. Cover the whole board.

Draw a diamond on the newspaper sheets. When you have more than one diamond make sure that all diamonds are exactly the same size. Press the sheet with one hand firmly to the board and carefully remove the staples with your other hand. Lay the sheet upside down on a table or workbench. Pin a little hole in the corners of the diamond so that you can see on the back where the coloured paper needs to go.

Cover the diamond with the coloured paper and allow a couple of centimetres extra to make sure it fills the ‘window’ completely. This layer will be seen when you cut the diamond open and bend the edges outside. Tape the coloured paper together with a very thin tape or use paste. Draw the same diamond on the board. Again, make sure the size and measurements are exactly the same as on the removed sheet.

Cover the diamond on the board with different colour paper and paste or staple it carefully together because this will be the background of the diamond. Allow some extra centimetres to make sure that the paper fills the whole diamond. Staple the copied articles sheet with the diamond on the back on the display board and make sure that it is only stapled outside the diamond drawing.

Now we’re heading towards the tricky part. Make a line from top to bottom and from left to right in the diamond so that you create a cross. Follow the lines of the cross very, very carefully with a sharp stanley knife but make sure that you don’t cut the background on the board. You have to do it layer by layer. First the layer of articles and when you pull it a bit towards you with the point of the knife, you can see where it went through the second layer and from there cut the rest. Once you have a little slot of a couple of centimetres you can use a pair of scissors to make sure you don’t cut the background.

Staple around the four corners of the diamond to make sure that the cut line doesn’t tear further. Bend a corner of the cross outside to form a tunnel. Make the tunnel wide enough to contain an open stapler and push the stapler inside.

Push firmly with a flat hand on the hidden stapler and attach the ‘flap’ to the board. Do this with the remaining corners. Staple an image or item in the diamond. Attach the sheets with the title above the display and staple the banner under it.  Cover up the bars (if you have some) with the laminated snakes and fix some images next to the banner if needed.

 Display with books

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