Annual door decorating contest at my school

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Project by tooldad posted 12-22-2009 05:22 AM 15246 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s that time of year again for decorating. After a tie in last year’s competition because of a technical victory, my students were ready for a good old fashioned “snow ball fight” if that’s what it came down to.

This year’s theme was decorate by subject and you must creatively use the DECA diamond logo in your display. That theme was pretty easy to come by since we are woodshop, we made santa’s workshop. We didn’t stop there. We made a mantle around a 19 in tv which played a dvd of a fireplace. We used a moving mickey in a santa coat working at a workbench with lightup tools. Finally we had a REAL WORKING TRAIN! moving in the soffit, in and out of our room. We also had holiday music playing and lights, of course.

Our freshman class was represented by the hand routered signs. The first year woods class has to make a picture frame in class, which was represented by the diamond logo frame with lights. Our second year woods class was represented by the fireplace mantle and crown molding. Our drafting class was represented with the diamond logo plan on the wall behind the Mickey figure. Finally our construction class was represented by the pvc pipe candy canes.

We won the competition, 7-6 votes. The second place was the counselors’ office that used trash bags to create a snow globe with a 5ft santa inside and a leaf blower to blow packing peanuts around inside of it. However if you blew it around too much the bags fell down. At least ours stood the test of the elements. Now the counselors are challenging us to best 2 out of 3. No problem, we already are planning next year’s design.

This is a fun project for my students, gets the chance to break up the “precision’ of a woodworking project. It also gets the shop program noticed since only about 10% of our school’s population is enrolled in a shop class each year.

Next year’s theme: GRISWOLD

If you know what I mean

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 01:17 PM

this is fantastic! The overall effect—perfect and the class projects – just wonderful.
Definitely a winner, hands down..

I look forward to seeing the Griswold’s version …. this will be interesting!

Well done and thank you for sharing again :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 05:57 PM

Last year, I sent your photos to the carpentry teacher, at the school I used to teach. I haven’t been there this week to see if they used any of you ideas.

You out did yourselves this time but I have to say, I agree with MsDebbie- can’t wait to see the Griswolds!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 06:10 PM

Uh – oh GRISWOLD. Better call the power company! Looks like a well deserved victory.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-23-2009 12:05 AM

that is something I never heard of very interresting like the idea but we never seen anything like that in aur scool´s here in Denmark

very deserved victory your classes deffenly make the rules

happy chrismas to you and your student´s


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#5 posted 12-01-2010 07:03 AM

The Griswald house is under construction! Stay tuned for pics in about a week or so!

As far as the power is concerned. Already have 500 lights to go in a 10ft by 8ft area. However managed to scavenge up LEDs in after christmas sales last year. Will help to save a little on the electric.

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 04:07 PM

thank´s for the update , even thow we expected a new this year ….LOL


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