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    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but there are times you need some fresh ideas. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    I wasn't particularly good at it myself - I'm an ad hoc person - but it was one of my recommendations when I gave display workshops: Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like Write down what materials and tools you'll 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....
  • 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

Christmas is often an expensive time. Heaps of food and drinks, presents for family and friends and decorations for tree and house.

This Christmas wreath is fantastic because it it is made of plastic bags and the only cost will be the time to make it and a bit of gold paint to brighten it up. Maybe nice to do with the kids on a rainy day? Or with friends while sipping a wine?


You have to do some preparation….. well, saving plastic bags in the months beforehand to get enough for a nice full wreath.

It looks even better if you have three hanging together!!!!







What you need:

  • Lots and lots of plastic supermarket bags without print
  • Piece of hose or rubber tube (approx. 50 cm + 10 cm extra to connect both ends)
  • Gold paint (spray or little tin) and if using a tin a paint brush
  • Gold colored string or Christmas ribbon
  • Tape

What to do:

Split a 10 cm piece of hose or tube open. Cut lots and lots of white plastic supermarket bags into pieces of approximately 10 x 10 cm and cut a little slot in the middle of the pieces. (I grabbed a lot together and pushed a knife through it) Add them to the tube or hose and fill up 3/4  of the hose.

Push the 10 cm piece (as mentioned above) over the two ends to create a circle. Secure with a bit of tape. Spread the plastic evenly over the hose to avoid empty spaces where  you can see the hose. Cut off strange corners of loose hanging ends of the plastic. Spray with a little gold paint spray or brush with paint brush little bits of paint over the plastic and let it dry.

Hang on the door, a wall or from the ceiling. See also Christmas display (round tube) for another easy way to show your Christmas decorations. I joined a workshops of Vince Collins of Impact Displays and he told us how to make a Christmas Wreath. I used his idea and my own creativity to make this beautiful wreath. Thank you Vince!.

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