Make Your Own Storyboard

Yes, You Can Make your Own Storyboard!

One of the best things I’ve ever found to make life easier in the world of being an LDS leader, teacher, Mom, and Grandma is a Storyboard. I have used them for lessons in classes for all ages including Nursery, Relief Society, and Young Women. I’ve used them to put visual aids on for Primary singing time and sharing time, for Family Home Evening, for trade shows…. you name it. One of my grandson Barrett’s favorite activities is using it to put together the nativity story.

They can be used for home schooling, public school, or anytime/anywhere people are being taught with visuals. If you need to use a chart, you can mount it. You can even put the velcro on a cereal box or a can of something and put it on your Storyboard. Storyboards beat flannelboards hands down, because the items stay put. I remember being in Primary as a kid and pretty much waiting (and maybe placing bets) to see how long it would take the flannelboard visual aids to peel off and fall to the floor. At a trade show, I’ve demonstrated how well it works by actually throwing the Storyboard and having nothing fall off – usually.

Unfortunately, we don’t make and sell these any more. If you want one (or big and little for different situations), you get to make it yourself. Fortunately, it isn’t that hard. You or someone you know probably has the equipment you need, and the materials are easy to find.

My late husband Clete used to make these, and we sold them to LDS bookstores and temples. The large one is 24″ x 36″ and the small one measures 18″ x 24,” half the size. They can be carried by the handle, leaned on a chalkboard or podium, or stood up on a tabletop. The ones pictured above have been in use for over 25 years. They are very sturdy and easy to use!

To make your own, you will need the following materials:

Masonite
Indoor-outdoor carpet, fuzzy type
Webbing

Equipment needed:

Heavy duty stapler (NOT a staple gun, but one that will staple right through the masonite and fold the staples)
Router or jigsaw
Carpet knife
Carpet glue and applicator tool
Glue gun (optional)

To use your board, you will need:

Visual aids or lightweight objects
Sticky back hook Velcro
Sticky back fuzzy Velcro (optional)

See the photos and decide on the size you want your Storyboard to be. For large groups or large visual aids, you will want a large size. Smaller groups/visual aids work fine with the small size. Cut out the main board using the saw or router. Cut out an easel piece with a little cutout on the bottom (keeps the webbing from causing slippage). Using a router or carpet knife, cut out a main carpet piece slightly smaller than the board and a small rectangular piece for the back. Cut out webbing to make a handle, a fastener for the top of the easel piece, and a piece to secure the bottom of the easel piece. The board can have rounded or squared corners, whatever you prefer.

First, use the stapler and the webbing to secure first the bottom and then the top of the easel piece to the rough side of the masonite, making the bottom of the easel piece even with the main board. The staples need to go all the way through the masonite and the ends of the staples should be bent. If you want, you can flatten the staples more using a hammer. Now place the handle piece and staple.

Using the carpet glue and tool, apply glue to the smooth side of the main piece and glue the carpet to the board. Finally, use carpet glue or a glue gun to place the small piece of carpet onto the back of the board to cover the top of the easel and the ends of the handle piece. Let dry before using.

To use your Storyboard, use sticky back hook Velcro to fasten onto the backs of visual aids and/or lightweight objects. You do not need large pieces, and they will stick securely onto your Storyboard. Use in the manner of a flannelboard, except the visual aids won’t fall off as easily. To layer visual aids, use fuzzy Velcro to put pieces on top of each other. The board corresponds to the fuzzy Velcro.

Please let me know about your experiences and adventures using your Storyboard, especially if you figure out new ways to build or use one! Happy Storyboarding!

 
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