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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.

Illuminating New Zealand’s Art and history

part of left side displayThis is an adjusted version of the display: "Illuminating New Zealand's past. I've changed the last word in the title, went to an op-shop and bought several cheap frames in different sizes and printed a whole lot of art work from New Zealand painters like this one from Robin White.

Most of the frames looked old and tatty but once the glass was cleaned and the artwork printed to size and put in the frame, it looked amazing.

Without taking away too much of the typical NZ historical facts of the previous display, I arranged the frames on the display board and above it on the wall

For instructions how to make the display have a look at: Illuminating New Zealand's past

 Don't forget to print some extra images for decorating the display boxes that stand in front of the display and provide extra display opportunities:

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What you need for this adjusted display:


  • printed images from art books on New Zealand painters, or Google – images (creative commons) or as I did, using old calendar images featuring New Zealand painters











  • frames (op-shop or otherwise)art blue frame







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What to do:

  • Match the printed artworks with the frames (look at colours, type or work and modern or classic themes)  – cut to size
  • Clean the recycled frames and polish the glass (boring but necessary)
  • If the frames are not that sturdy, tape them up from the inside with a good quality tape
  • Glue the prints to the backboard of the frame and attach the glass
  • You can even  tape the outside of the frame to the backboard and staple the tape to the (wooden) frame to make sure it holds
  • Be happy as Larry when it fits and looks good smiley
  • Staple or nail the frames to the display wall
  • Remove the last word of the title in Illuminating New Zealand's Past and replace with the word Art

I forgot what type of font I used so I had to improvise, using a similar font and gave it the same colour (there goes my theory of preparing well and knowing your details)


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Transform shabby, dusty frames into beautiful artworks


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It's a pity the glass is so shiny, it prevents me from making really good sharp photos but hopefully you get the idea…… and I can assure you, the images are clear and very beautiful in reality

Attach the frames to the display board and glue the extra images to the display boxes. Don't be afraid of being creative and glue the images around corners or glue two or three different size images together or over each other. Become the artist who shows art…..


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Arrange the boxes with books in front of the display, give all the art full attention and make them stand out! New Zealand painters are so unique that it's fantastic to create a collage of them on a wall


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Hang the frames to your liking and have fun arranging them around the display. Put your art books on the box display units and in front of them to give them more exposure and make it a happy and proud place

And when the display has done it's job you have some beautiful art work to take home (my colleague and I are still fighting over who's taking what… the battle isn't over yet wink

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