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    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but sometimes you might want some inspiration. I've collected ideas and posted them in our activity lists below. What about a Jelly Bean Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will 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....
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Your job will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle. The staples will stick out a bit at one side - perfect to get hold of them with pliers and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when 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 Summer Reading display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. 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.

Dance, Divas and Drama Queens

detail display                   Lush fabric

     Red curtains pulled to the side


               and    ballerinas


  Welcome to the theatre

       where dreams   

    are possible…..   


"I just know that when I go onstage, I give everything I have, not only my feet, not only my legs, not only my body. I try to tell a story. Sometimes I am able to cry because I feel like it. Sometimes I am able to love because I feel like it." -Sylvie Guillam


What you need:

  • Red velvet fabric
  • Pink shiny fabric 
  • Wrapping paper – grey / silver stripes
  • Wrapping paper – reddish purple for background and curtains
  • Black card for the second half of the title at the middle of the stage
  • Ballerinas
  • Paper bag with balloon pattern
  • A4 sheets with wood pattern for floor boards – Google images / Creative Commons
  • Title – I used letters from previous display titles

What to do:

  • Make the title. Use letters from previous displays or use Word and print new ones. I had to do a bit of 'crafting' to create all the letters I needed. A couple of letters were not available but with a bit of imagination, doublesided tape and a pair of scissors I got it sorted…
part of banner
Letter A plus sign
  • Staple the purple/pink wrapping paper to the board. Top and left and right part only
start curtain Curtain with crunched paper
  • Cut the red velvet fabric into 10 cm wide strips – 4 on each side
  • Cut the pink shiny fabric into 10 cm wide strips – 1 for boardering each curtain
  • Fill the spaces between the velvet strips with crunched wrapping paper – staple to the board
  • Fill the middle part of the 'theatre' with grey/ silver striped wrapping paper
  • If you use letters from previous display titles as I did, get all the titles (or letters) out of the boxes and sort them. I had to craft the A and the plus sign because they were not available. With a little imagination and the help of double sided tape and scissors I quickly fixed that problem….
theatre background
  • Add the title to the top middle part
  • Staple black card to the middle of the 'stage' – attach the second half of the title
  • Staple the floor boards to the bottom of the stage
  • Cut the curtains to just under the top part of the floor boards
  • Cut the 3D balloons out of the paper bag and use blu-tack to attach them to the board
  • Pin the ballerinas to the board – when at the right place, staple them
  • Create a 'story' by handing the ballerinas some balloons



    Balloon bag balloons1
    detail ballet dancer Ballet dancers
  •  Cover a box in the grey /silver wrapping paper and use it as a display stand
  • Put the book shelves in place and arrange the books on them
total display

This is a great display to show books on art – dance – music – celebrities – theatre – filmstars etc.

  Get your creative juices flowing and go 'on-stage'




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