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By showcasing educative DIY Projects able to emphasize the cultural world, able to emphasize the imagination and more importantly ready to widen the horizon of those in poverty; BEMUS will spread cultural diversity, cultural opportunity and knowledge indirectly. Here you will learn how you can change a small part of your world by encouraging others to be participative in the world that feeds our soul.
The first article worth sharing addresses the past, present and future : children.
Insanely important to our society, the creativity of our kids must be enhanced and developed as naturally as possible, encouraging diversity. As a result we will Learn How to Build a Stage for Children` Playroom and Kindergarten Event, these will help our little ones become stars for a few moments, be joyful protagonists in their own small universe at the sound of our claps.
Step by step, follow the recipe below and you will soon have a mesmerizing stage for your artists.
Step 1 – Where Needed Remove Baseboard
Your interior might have baseboards. Depending on their profile and position you might need to remove these as they might stay in the way of your structure. You will basically need to tie a part of your frame to the wall and if you cannot get it directly on the wall plane things might move around. It is recommended to use a mini crowbar to loosen the baseboards from the wall if they`re sealed with nails. An utility knife can be used to help you introduce the crowbar between the baseboard and the wall at first.
Step 2 – Determine The Stage Area
Think it through. How often is it going to be used? How many artists will animate it and what instruments would sit around, taking space? These are elements that will guide you, helping you dimension the future stage. For example, a puppet show that holds one or two protagonists are sized between 25-35 inches at a width of 4 feet. In a more complex multi-instrument music or puppet shows what would feature more than three happy fellows a depth of 50-52 inches might be required.
In height the stage should be kept safe, always consider this. Keep in mind that the plywood will increase the overall height at the end, here the height has been increased by 3/4″.
Step 3 – Time to Frame the Stage
For structure lumber of 2×4 or 2×6 will be used. It all comes down to your preference and resources. To ensure a good result draw marks on the floor with a chalk line, determining the exact width and depth of your stage. You can cut the wood at your local store, on home with a circular saw or manually with a simple saw. Position all four sides of the floor into place and attach them one by one with help of a drill and 3″ wood screws.
Step 4 – Complete The Structure With Joists
It goes without saying that joists are mandatory to ensure the security off the stage. These will distribute weight properly prolonging the lifespan of the stage. To construct these joists simply measure, mark and cut the lumber to the interior width of your stage frame, from one inside edge to the other, perpendicular. It is recommended to place joists 16 inches apart from each other and secure them from both back and front with 3″ wood screws and a drill.
Step 5 – Attach Your Frame to the Wall
A stud finder will help you find the location of studs within the wall. Push the frame against the wall and secure onto the wall through the studs with the same 3″ wood screws.
Step 6 – Add The Plywood Top
It is time wrap it up. Take the piece of plywood already cut or mark and cut the plywood at the size of your stage. Use a bead of wooden glue along your edges to finalize the stage. Position the plywood on the structure of the frame and secure it with a nail gun or simple nails. For safety purposes always make sure that the nail used are properly nailed into the plywood.
Step 7 – Dress Up
It is mandatory to construct a stage that is desirable, no famous children artist will want to perform on something dull. You can easily use a wall mural on the stage or use colored duct tap to construct certain graphic patterns. Think about durability and reversibility as well.
Step 8 – Install The Mandatory Drapery Hardware
You need emotion, you need a drapery. The actor can get ready behind the scene in this manner, the performance will be beautiful, filled with naturalness when only the act is properly staged,not the preparations; the real deal. The drapery will also help by building tension, joyful emotion, making everything important, relevant. Place the drapery rod into position and anchor it on the callings with a drill and screws.
Step 9 – Add Drapery Panels
Naturally, add the drapery hooks along the top of the drapery panels and proceed by attaching them to the drapery rings. Use a color that you child loves or a beautiful complementary pattern.
Step 10 – Lights, Camera, Action
It is time. It is beautiful. It is ready. The stage await the audience and the protagonists alike, a moment of great joy is upon the ones involved. Make sure that you stay involved in the life of your little one, emphasize his/her performance at least as much as you`ve been involved into the making of the stage.
The children are the future and they are the ones shaping it. Step into the future, help them. The pure joy of a children smiling cannot be equaled by anything else.
What do you think about this tutorial “Learn How to Build a Stage for Children” ? What do you think about the entire BEMUS DIY Initiative? We would love to hear your opinion on the subject in the comment section below.
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