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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.

Green Fingers – Gardening Display

Urban gardening, organic fruit trees, mulching, permaculture, composting, worm farms, chicken coops and raising pigs in the city….. We’re encouraged to go green and turn our lawn into a veggie patch. I imagined a lovely garden with raised beds, vegetables,  herbs and a greenhouse.

To show the collection of gardening books with an emphasis on URBAN and ORGANIC, I’ve created a display where the books would be seen.

What you need:

  • Driftwood poles resembling a slender trunk (mine came from the beach along the Pacific coast)
  • Branches (the ones I used are cut from an out-of-control bottle brush)
  • Plastic cherries
  • Plastic lemons
  • Plastic grapevine with grapes
  • Basket with plastic veges/fruit
  • Plastic climber with flowers
  • Straw hat
  • Red gloves
  • Tinfoil (from the kitchen)
  • Paper with a pattern resembling glasshouse windows
  • Metal strips (discarded folder holders)
  • Wrapping paper – brown (wall covering)
  • Wrapping paper – green (background tree crown)
  • Metal wire (strong enough to keep the trunk and branches in place)
                             

What to do:

  • Cover the back wall with the wrapping paper
  • Put the trunks in place – secure with strong metal wire at the bottom, middle and top
  • Cut big chunks of green wrapping paper into the shape of the crown of a tree – attach it to the wall where you situated your treetop
  • Attach the branches one-by-one – use flexible metal wire. Attach them first to the trunk and hold them in place with tape/ wire or staples. ‘Thread’ the subsequent branches through the knot at the top of the trunk
  • Attach the cherries and lemons to the branches with the glue gun
  • Make the glasshouse by outlining the outer shapes
  • Fit the paper within that shape
  • Add texture by using tin foil and old metal folder rods to accentuate the bars
  • Staple the climbers to the walls of the glasshouse
  • Staple the vines with grapes to the glasshouse
  • Staple the onions and garlic to the wall
  • Add gloves and hat and shovel to the decor
  • Fill the basket with plastic fruit and vegetables
  • Add bees or butterflies, bugs or dragonflies whatever suits the decor
  • Use planters or shelves to display real vegetable plants and herbs
  • Add books to the shelves and enjoy your creation

  • Buy some vegetables or herbs and fill the planters with the ‘real’ stuff

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