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.
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.
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.
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.
For more creative ways to design, develop, use, transport, and store flipcharts, get a copy of The Big Book of Flip Charts: A Comprehensive Guide for Presenters, Trainers and Team Facilitators.