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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.

Flight of Fancy – Fairy display

 

Fairies are in…… Supernatural is hot…… The spirits are with us….. at least in literature.

Werewolves, water horses or goblins – We love what we can't see but what surrounds and guides us. Every publisher in the country must jump at the sound of a creaking door after all their reading about the superpowers that intervene with our destiny.

I've created a lovely sweet display for the younger girls in our library. Plenty of room to display the fairy books and a great opportunity to get the wings and glitter out.

 

After copying lots and lots of fungi in fantastic colours I printed some fairy poems and cut them in the shape of a flower. Little tiny fairies jump off the fungus ladder or fly through the air. A bright display that attracts lots of attention.

   

What you need:

  • Wrapping paper in soft shades of grey, green, blue or yellow – I used the background of the previous display with bits of left-over wrapping paper to patch damaged parts.
  • Images of fungi in three different colours – Google Images (large size) printed and enlarged in size. If you laminate the fungi the colours will be brighter, the shape will stay better and they will be more rigid.  That means you can staple them 'in shape' to the board
  • Little fairies or images of fairies
  • Fairy poems – printed on coloured paper – enlarged and cut in the shape of flowers
  • Fairy wings

   

  • Butterflies – laminated. I used the ones from the Floral art and Flying beauties display
  • Stars – I used the laminated stars from a previous Astronomy display
  • From the book: Fair-Realities I copied 3 pansy hats and pasted three of them together
  • Title – created in MSWord – printed and pasted on black card
  • Christmas lights – you really can't do without them in a fairy display. It needs to twinkle and shine
  • Metal wire that bends easily but stays in form
  • Cardboard boxes if you want some extra display space

 

      

 

What to do:

  • Staple the wrapping paper to the board. I used left-over paper from a previous display and combined it by cutting it diagonally.
  • Staple one colour fungus to the board. Start at the top and overlap each one a bit. Staple them overlaying one another, a bit bent, as you see them in nature.
    Attach a corkscrew piece to the bottom ones and tape the wire to the image. Tape the wire to the board. This way the fungi will stick out a bit which gives the whole fungus ladder a more realistic look.
    For an example of how to attach the wire to the image have a look at the Rugby World Cup display. I had all the players off the board and quite flexible by attaching wires to their backs.
  • Staple the second colour fungus to the board. Make it a bit of a different shape but keep the colours together. Use wire as above for the bottom images
  • Attach the third colour fungus to the board. Repeat the above process
  • Staple the poetry flowers to the board

      

  • Attach the Christmas lights to the board. Use little straps of paper in the same colour as the background to create loops that hold the electrical wires. Never staple the wire directly to the board
  • Attach the fairies to prominent spots on the board – Make them jump, fly, gaze or relax on the fungus or flowers.
  • Staple the title to the top part of the board
  • Attach the pansy hats to the top board and situate them under the title
  • Bend the wings a bit so that they stand out from the board and staple them to the board on both sides of the title
  • Get the stars out and staple them on different spots to the board.
  • Cover the cardboard boxes with paper – this could be smaller left-over pieces – and use some extra laminated images of fairies or butterflies or flowers to liven them up

         

  • Display the books on the shelves

  • Display books on the boxes

     

    Light the Christmas lights and let your display twinkle