4/25/11

Giant Floor Piano - the specifics!

I have had so many nice emails and requests to know more about how I made my giant floor piano - so I thought I'd share a post on the specifics for any interested in having a similar one made (and I know that summer is swiftly approaching, and many readers are working on summer camp plans!). In fact, I have done all the work for you, if you want to easily order an exact one for your studio, read on!

My floor piano is a 3' by 8' vinyl banner. It is super sturdy (which is perfect, considering all the running and jumping-on it gets!) and I was so pleased with how it turned out.

I first designed my own piano keyboard graphic on the computer to use for the banner. If you would like, you may purchase and download my graphic for $3 and save yourself the time and energy! I was very pleased with how the graphic turned out on the finished product. Visit The Teaching Studio Store (by clicking on the link at the top of the blog), or just use the link in this post to purchase and download the graphic.

Giant Floor Piano graphic
$3.00

I then searched around for the best rates on vinyl banners. I came across the website www.bannersonthecheap.com, went ahead and designed my banner, then crossed my fingers while clicking "order," hoping it was a legit, good company who would do a good job! I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of their product, and with the fast delivery time! The vinyl is very thick and sturdy and rolls up really nicely for storage.

The banner itself is 3 feet by 8 feet, which costs under $30 from Banners on the Cheap (shipping costs are also reasonable, and I have noticed they have even better deals from time to time). When you visit their website, near the bottom you want to select the "Have your own design?" option. Choose 3x8 and click "Start Now!" In the next window select "Upload an Image" and upload your own image or mine that you downloaded. Enlarge the graphic on the preview screen to fit the banner, then center it using the center tool. When you go to the order screen, make sure you un-check option #4 (because you don't need grommets for hanging the banner). Add to cart and you are done! My banner arrived so quickly and I am super pleased with it.

I hope this helps some of you! I'd love to know if any of you use this in your summer camps and studios, and hear your brilliant, fun ideas on how to use it. Enjoy!

Now I am toying with the idea of a giant staff banner for learning notes... :)

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12 comments:

Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

I am so imagining a giant Barnyard Friends banner for landmark notes. Thanks for the tips and inspiration Jenny.

Aleta Melashenko said...

Thanks, Jenny! I appreciate you making the information available. One step closer to music camp!

And, Anne - I can see your Barnyard Friends banner!!! Do it!

The Thomas Family said...

Thank u so much for this! I've been wanting one of these for quite sometime.
Question : in that very last picture, is that play--do that they're putting on the keys? If so, I'd love to hear how u use it......thank you! :)

Leah said...

This looks great! I currently teach more adults than children, but I will definitely tuck this idea away for later use!

Jenny Bay said...

Anne, that is a wonderful idea!! Do it! :)

The Thomas Family - it is beanbags. We made letter-name bean bags with Doggie D, Cat C, etc. ironed on and played games with them to teach the names of the keys! The kids caught on so quickly and LOVED it!

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me said...

Very nice! I have a giant floor grand staff that I made 10 years ago when I started teaching group music lessons. I use it all the time for note review. I use "Pringles" can lids for notes. The kids love it, but yours is so nice, it might be time for an upgrade!

Natalie said...

Thank you so much for providing the download! I would definitely be interested in purchasing a staff download for a banner as well!
Thank you again!

musicmaker said...

I too would purchase a grand staff download!!! Thanks so much for sharing this so cheap!!!!
Best!

Megan said...

Thanks for making this so easy! Just ordered mine (finally!)

Steve Cooper said...

Vinyl banners are very useful and can be used in a number of differnt ways. Some of the ways that vinyl banners are used in Illinois is for window lettering, real estate signs, boat lettering and commercial signs. Vinyl Banners

Jack Martin said...

This looks nice! Thanks for the suggestions for the banner website, but I have just order from one good site www.BestofSigns.com, with good quality and lowest price & one day shipping. Thanks!

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