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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.

Encyclopedia table


What to do with all those culled encyclopedia books?

I fancied the idea of using them as a laptop table or display stand.

A member of the maintenance team helped me constructing this table on casters.

What you need:

  • A stack of encyclopedias – I used – depending on the thickness of the books – between 17 and 23 books till ca. 50 cm high
  • Two wooden bases, one for the bottom and one for the top – the same size as the encyclopedias
  • Wooden dowelling (like a broomstick)
  • 4 castors if you want the table to be moveable
  • Wood glue
  • Photocopy the front page of the encyclopedias or paint the top as I first planned to do
  • Varnish & turps
  • Paint & brushes
  • Wood glue
  • A drill to match the thickness of the dowel

the photo shows the table from an angle that is deceptive; the top and bottom are actually the same dimensions.

What to do:

  • Drill a hole in the center all of the encyclopedias, large enough to fit around the dowelling (yes that will keep you going (:-)
  • Drill a hole in the center of the top and bottom bases, fitting the dowelling (but not all the way through of course)
  • Attach the castors to the bottom base
  • Cut the dowelling to the size of your stack of encyclopedias plus the depth of the hole of the top and bottom
  • Glue the dowelling to the bottom base
  • Fit the top to the dowelling but don’t glue it yet. It’s handy to have it  on the dowelling when painting
  • Paint the bottom – two coats of primer and two of topcoat
  • Paint the top as for the bottom – you only need to paint the area which will not be covered by the photocopy
  • Glue the photocopy to the top – you can see that I came up with the idea of attaching a photocopy to the top after the holes were drilled in all the encyclopedias. The black hole is still visible in the copy of the two right books. I managed (with a lot of copying and pasting) to remove the hole from the left copy…..

Let it dry…..

  • Varnish the top twice or more if it will be heavily used

Let it dry…..

  • Push the books over the dowelling and squeeze a dot of wood glue in between the books – I like the tables neat and tidy in a square but of course, you can spiral them
  • Glue the top to the dowelling

Let it dry……

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