For this year’s Banned Book Week display, we went big on the display, with less books. I made a giant silhouette of someone standing up. The person could be male or female, which I liked. If you want more information about how I made the silhouette so large, skip or read to the end of this post.
For the banned books, I put a black band around a selection of books that I got from the ALA website. I cut out the blurbs about why each book was banned, but did not include the title on the front. I put that on the back. The bands are also loose enough that they slide up and down and students could see the cover that way.
I decided to make the giant silhouette because the theme for National History Day this year is “Taking a Stand in History” and I figured I could use my silhouette for that display as well. It will show up again next week.
Here is how I made it. I am sorry that I didn’t take photos.
- I found a large furniture box that when I cut it open and cut off the flaps was about 8 feet long.
- I also had collected a large cardboard tube (from our robotics club).
- I looked for a suitable silhouette on google images and printed it out on transparency film.
- I laid the cardboard sideways and projected the image on an overhead projector, tracing around the outline of the silhouette.
- Then I cut it out with an exacto knife.
- I hot glued my silhouette to the long tube I had to give it some stability.
- I covered the silhouette with black paper to cover the folds in the cardboard. This was the most time consuming part since I had to make slits in the paper to wrap the paper around the contours of the cardboard.
- Next I put white paper between the legs of the silhouette to cover the cardboard tube.
That’s about it. Here a photo from the side so you can see the tube.