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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.

Winter reading

When you have a display that needs changing but you don't have the time to revamp the lot then this Winter Display might give you some simple solutions.

Instead of a green tree with fruit I stripped the tree of the lemons and cherrries and glued snowflakes to the branches.

With a borrowed pheasant, a Dutch squirrel from a colleague (yes all the way from Holland) and a snowman created from an ice bear (op-shop) with knitted scarf and a pair of discarded children's boots the scene was set…

Have a look at the display" 'Green fingers' – Urban gardening to see the changes.

With throwaway material (I love recycling) I created a new display using the previous setting as a base.

I enjoyed using the stryrofoam pellets which we normally throw away after we've taken the books from between their protective foam pellets. And the wintery shine of the trees was created by crunching pieces of left-over wrapping paper from other displays. The black centre, the silvery / gold / striped pieces of paper – all combined in a natural way and look stunning peeping from between the branches. A great make-over!!!

 And… if you want a Spring display just add flowers to the branches instead of snowflakes….. Or glue the blossoms to the snowflakes as I do in spring – more blossoms as the weeks go by 

Blossoms

 

 

    Have a look at the bottom of the page for more photos of the Spring display….

 

What you need:

  • Wrapping paper – gold patterned, black, grey striped, silver – matching the theme
  • Styrofoam pellets
  • Can of cheap hairspray
  • Container with silver glitter (2$ shop)
  • Snow flakes – Google – Creative Commons printed on A4 and laminated
  • Icebear (op-shop)
  • Knitted scarf (optional)
  • Pair of red children's gumboots
  • Bag of shredded paper
  • Stuffed pheasant and squirrel (:-). Any stuffed or toy animals you can get….
  • Half-round book stand (TradeMe)
  • Patterned paper to do up book stand

What to do:

  • If you start from scratch have a look at the 'Green fingers – garden display' to see how to create the base for this display
  • Get out your rolls of left-over wrapping paper with suitable colours and patterns. Chop big chunks, dividing them in two piles to make sure you have enough for both trees
  • Spray a box full of styrofoam pellets with hairspray and sprinkle with the silver glitter. Spray again to fix. Shake the pellets in the box to turn them over and spray and sprinkle again. Do this a couple of times until all pellets are coated nicely
  • Heat up the glue gun
  • Scrunch the pieces of wrapping paper and push between the branches, Staple them to the board. Start at the centre of the tree with the darkest colour and work your way around using lighter paper towards the edges. Make sure you use different patterns of paper evenly, using the silvery one mostly on the outside. If you have a look at trees in winter you will see that the centre is always darker than the outside. Follow this natural pattern. Fix some silvery strips on the top of the trunk as well
  • Use the glue gun to attach the pellets to the brances. Distribute evenly but not too rigid. Snow falls more on the top and outer branches than in the centre of tree – follow this pattern
  • Wrap a box or pedestal in matching wrapping paper and put the red boots on them. Sit the snowman into the boots and staple the snowman to the wall. I tied strong tape around its neck and stapled it to the wall. The scarf is covering all traces of the tape. I also used the glue gun to glue the boots to the box – our students are curious and like to lift and shift display materials (:-)

 

  • Get the bookstand or any other display stand you want to use and adorn it with wintery patterned paper of snowflakes like I did. Again I used the paper (glass house) from the Green fingers display that I took off the wall to do up the blotched wooden book stand
 
  • It's time for the pheasant and squirrel to make their entrance….. – I will probably regret this step for as long as I have this winter display – but the pheasant really needs some crunchy snow around its feet so I decided to use shredded paper. Fantastic material but it might be too much of a challenge for the boys visiting the library…. I can see them already throwing the stuff around and making a mess!!!! But I can't help myself……Its too beautiful not to use and our copy room has tons and tons of it.

 

  • Add a basket with knitting wool and maybe some strings of peanuts or a few hanging seed feeders for birds

 

  • Grab a selection of reading books and arrange them on the book stand

Stand back and admire your work. Time to relax with a good book…..

 

 

 

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When spring is approaching you can easily transform this display to a more sunny one. Have a look at the photos below to see winter retreating when I glue blossoms to the branches……

Blossoms on trees

 

 

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