5 easy DIY projects to make your TEDx event stand out

TEDxTopaTopa

TEDxTopaTopa

Want to make your attendees’ experience unforgettable? Get your artistic juices flowing with these five projects, including creative tablecloths, interactive felt boards, and a booth for love letters:

Tables at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity

Tables at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity

Paper + crayons
A simple, but always fun project — cover any table surfaces with craft paper and provide attendees with crayons, markers, pens, or pencils to draw, doodle, write, and record. You can also hang craft paper on walls for a similar effect. Consider adding prompts for attendees to address based on your theme, community, or a big idea. Ex. “What do you want to change in our city?” “Overheard at TEDx…” “My idea worth spreading…” At top, a snapshot from TEDxTopaTopa and, above, attendees take notes on the tables at TEDxWilmingtonUniversity.

TEDxAmerica’sFinestCity's “Get Your Fix” Photobooth

TEDxAmericasFinestCity’s “Get Your Fix” Photobooth

Photo opps
People love getting together to take a photo. Consider creating a designated photo spot and appoint a photographer to take snapshots. Many TEDx events create a custom backdrop with their event’s name or artwork related to the event’s theme. Props are welcome, but not necessary. Above, the photobooth at TEDxAmericasFinestCity in San Diego.

Centerpieces at TEDxFargo

Centerpieces at TEDxFargo

Creative centerpieces
At TEDxFargo in North Dakota, the centerpieces were far from static. Made from beakers, wooden playing blocks, and origami paper covered in math problems, attendees were encourage to chat, play, problem solve, and create with the decor. At TEDxUNLV in Las Vegas, the team designed each centerpiece around a specific speaker, and encouraged TEDx’ers to include fun facts and probing questions about each speaker’s talk in their decor.

Love letters at TEDxChemungRiver

Love letters at TEDxChemungRiver

Love letters to strangers
Inspired by Hannah Brencher’s TED@New York talk, the team at TEDxChemungRiver invited attendees to share encouraging words to others via note paper and clothespin.

Poetry at TEDxFargo

Poetry at TEDxFargo

A giant poetry wall
Black felt + TEDx-related words on Velcro-backed, laminated paper = TEDx poetry wall. TEDxFargo displayed this outside their event for some fun between sessions and the crowd went wild. Read detailed instructions on making a poetry wall here.

 

1 Comment

  1. Painting is a great activity.We can help with that! :)

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