Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages

No two ways about it…flipcharts are inexpensive, low-tech and useful tools for adult learning and meeting environments. With a simple pad of flip chart paper and an assortment of multi-colored, water-based flip chart markers (e.g. Mr. Sketch), you can easily share information and images visually and gather useful ideas or other information from a group of adult learners.

If you are a trainer, facilitator, adult educator, supervisor, consultant or another person who regularly shares ideas and information with adult learners, employees or clients, flip charts are a proven resource for effectiveness.

Here are some simple ways to post your masterpieces after you create them so that all participants or attendees can easily see and read what is on them.

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart Pages Flip Chart Hangers.

These sturdy metal hangers can be attached to a map rail above a dry erase board or elsewhere in an adult learning environment or office and used to hang prepared flip charts on pads or blank pads for writing. When not using your flip chart pages or pads, just store them out of view.



Hold Up, Display Rail.

Two Simple Ways to Display Flip Chart PagesAfter mounting these sturdy display rail devices on your classroom wall, you simply insert pages or prepared charts between the pressure arms and make them instantly visible to your group.

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Flip Chart 101 – Creative Ways to Post Flip Chart Pages On Walls

Flip Chart 101 - Creative Ways to Post Flip Chart Pages On Walls

Flip Chart 101 – Creative Ways to Post Flip Chart Pages On Walls

Designing and drawing creative flip chart pages for adult learning workshops with graphics takes time and effort, depending on how complex you make them. Due to the energy you put into them, you should consider ways to make them as durable as possible so that you can re-use them multiple times.

The following are some simple techniques that can assist in posting your masterpieces, and preventing excessive damage to them so that you can use them more than once.

Permanent masking tape on the back of pages

To reduce wear and damage to your pre-drawn flipcharts page try permanently mounting a three-inch strip of masking tape (two-inch width) on the back of pages at each corner. You can then put a rolled piece of tape over each piece whenever you need to use the page and tape to the wall. This decreases the chance of ripping a page by removing tape directly from the back after use.

Stick pins or thumbtacks

An easy way to attach paper around the perimeter of any room is to install a thin wooden strip with   (similar to that found on bulletin boards) at a height of approximately seven feet. You can then use bulletin board stick pins or thumbtacks to attach your pages. These corkboard strips are usually available in office, art, and school supply stores where presentation materials are sold.

To prevent wear and tear on the corners, place a three-inch-long piece of two-inch-wide masking tape on the front and back corners of the page and stick your pins there.

Double-sided masking tape

While sometimes difficult to find, an alternative to putting tape on each page is to mount a long strip of double-sided tape along the wall at a height of approximately seven feet. You can then add or remove pages to the wall, as needed.

Velcro strips

While not directly related to using flipchart paper, this idea can be used in conjunction with an easel.

For years, Velcro has been used successfully by those who sew clothing. Creative teachers and presenters have also used it in a variety of ways.

One way for you to use this nifty tool is to cut small strips of the “male” Velcro (the part that has dozens of small barb devices that adhere to rough cloth surfaces). Glue or tape these to the back of poster board strips cut large enough to allow you to attach words or phrases to each. You can first write on flipchart paper, then cut to fit the poster board.  Next, attach the pasteboard strips onto a large piece of felt draped over a flipchart easel or apply them directly to a cloth papered classroom wall (if you have these) by simply pushing them up against the rough cloth surface. The barbs of the Velcro cling to the cloth.

This technique allows you to build a storyline or series of steps as you put each up strip, one at a time.

Metal strips

Another, more permanent strategy for hanging flipchart pages is to mount metal strips around your classroom walls. Ensure that you use steel or something other than aluminum since magnets will not still to the thinner coated metals. You can then use a standard kitchen or note magnet to hold the flipchart page to the wall.

Wooden strips

An alternative to the metal wall strips is to use wooden ones. Before mounting, nail or attach standard wooden spring-type clothespins or the heavy-duty metal “bull clips” (available in office supply stores) along the strip. You can then hang flipchart pages, as needed.

Metal dry erase writing boards

Many classrooms these days have magnetic dry erase whiteboards mounted on walls. Simply by some small round magnets and attach your prepared flip chart pages to the boards. If you plan to write on the paper once it is posted, make sure to put an extra sheet of paper under it and use water-based flip chart markers instead of a permanent marker. This can prevent the ink from “bleeding through” onto the boards and damaging them.

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Choosing the Best Flip Chart Paper for the Classroom

Choosing the Best Flip Chart Paper for the Classroom

There are a variety of flip chart paper pads on the market. The key is getting the one that is right for you and your desired purpose.

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The average flip chart paper size is approximately 27 X 34 inches (appx .68meters), which fits correctly on most standard easels. Each has pros and cons depending on your intended use. Generally spending a bit of extra money in order to get a heavier quality paper type is worth it since some of the less expensive types are akin to the porous writing tablets often used by children in elementary school.

Such paper is more difficult to work with and often extremely difficult to tear from a pad. Additionally, it may allow ink to “bleed through” onto subsequent pages when marker ink seeps through the paper and damages or leaves marks on the next sheet. This wastes money since you can end up throwing away half of your pad due to damage.

Choosing the Best Flip Chart Paper for the Classroom by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Author

You can either purchase plain white or lined paper in yellow or white. There is even one type with light blue grid lines. All three types work well but the lined and grid paper works best for those of us who have difficulty writing in a straight line and those needing to make technical presentations using graphs.

Alternative Paper

Many years ago, I needed to create a running series of images for a program I was conducting over a period of months. Initially, I tried taping pages together, side-by-side. After I put them up and took them down several times, I realized this was not the best idea. They kept falling apart, the glue on the tape failed, and after a while, I had to recreate them (approximately 8-9 pages). That’s when I hit upon an idea when I was at my local meat market. I noticed the butcher tearing white paper from a large roll — AHA! I saw an alternative to pad paper and the rest, as they say, is history! It worked beautifully.

So, if you want to use long sheets of paper to line a wall for a special activity or presentation, you may want to consider going to a grocery supply store to purchase a roll of plain white butcher paper (not the waxed kind). You can also cut the paper to any length desired so that you can create individual sheets for participants to write or draw on for activities. This is a less expensive but more labor-intensive way to get the standard-sized paper. Even so, it saves precious budget dollars. You can even create makeshift pads for your easel. Do this by cutting sheets at the standard pad size (27 by 30 inches, or appx .6-.7 meters), punch holes at the top edges, and attach them together with a clip, staple, or any other device you can think of.

Self-Adhesive Pads

Another update to the standard newsprint flip chart paper appeared on the market a number of years ago. This new format has a self-adhesive edge along the top of each page pad (similar to the Post It Notes with which you are probably familiar) and is sized comparably to standard flip charts.  These easy to use pads simplify wall posting since you just tear a sheet from the pad and can affix it to most wall surfaces without tape, and with no damage to walls. The pages can be also removed easily and relocated.

There is a downside to these pads if you plan to create your pages in advance. Since they are literally stuck to one another, they must be separated and there is often a sticky residue along the top edge which makes writing on them a slight challenge sometimes. Also, once you have created your charts, if you desire to reuse them in subsequent sessions, they are difficult to roll evenly or to store.

If you would like creative ideas and techniques for buying the right flip chart materials and using them to create impactful flip charts for your learning events and meetings, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers, and Team Facilitators.