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  • For Activities and Competitions select from the Activity list below

    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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

Green fingers – gardening display

Urban gardening, organic fruit trees, mulching, permaculture, composting, wormfarms, chicken coops and raising pigs in the city….. We're encouraged to go green and turn our lawn into a vege patch.The horticulture department at our College maintains a lovely garden with raised beds, veges and herbs and a greenhouse.

To show our new 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 coast along New Plymouth)
  • Branches (the ones I used are cut from an out-of-control bottle brush in Waipapa)
  • Plastic cherries ($dollar shop)  
  • Plastic lemons ($dollar shop)
  • Plastic grapevine with grapes (($dollar shop)
  • Basket with plastic veges/fruit ($dollar shop)
  • Plastic climber with flowers ($dollar shop)
  • Straw hat ($dollar shop)
  • Red gloves (Warehouse)
  • Tin foil (from the College kitchen)
  • Paper with pattern resembling glasshouse windows (Spotlight)
  • 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 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 tree top   
  • 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 glass house 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 glass house

  • Staple the vines with grapes to the glass house
  • 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 vege plants and fill the planters with the 'real' stuff



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