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  1. Angela Nerby says

    OMG the "Go Outside the Lines" hack…. I feel like my life has now been forever changed with this new nugget of info!!! My bulletin boards are all the same size and kind of *womp womp*… this is a game changer for me! Now off to think about how I'm going to use this tip to really bring my classroom to life!

  2. Beth Osborne says

    I use twin size flat sheets instead of fabric. I found that it was even less expensive than buying cut fabric. I got 2 flat sheets from Walmart and it was about $5 dollars and covered a bulletin board that was 17' x 4'. It has been a real money saver and I take it down at the end of the school year and wash it because it can collect dust and I want everything to be fresh for the new year.

  3. Margo Gentile says

    Hello…..I am responding to "Unknown's" comment. A good way to deal with a huge board is to divide it up into smaller boards. Just use borders to "re-frame" it into 2 or 3 smaller boards. One or two could be a "permanent" year-round or long standing board.

  4. T Glenn Blakney says

    This is awesome! It's going to take some work to adapt it to an all-boys Middle School, but I'm seeing NE Patriots, RedSox, Bruins, Celtics, NE Revolution themes tied into maths! Thank you!

  5. Rdillon says

    Love all the sharing of great ideas♡
    I’ve used material for over 20 years….time saver for sure. *One thing to keep in mind (which I learned the hard way…lol) is your fabric needs to be fire proof, if not, you could spray a fire retardant on it. Some Fire Marshalls are stricter than others 🙂

  6. Carolina Rojas Murillo says

    Hi, I’m writing all the way from Costa Rica. I love doing bulletin boards, but I always cut the boards to make them fit the size of the board. I didn’t understand how to keep them in the original size without cutting them but still making them fit the size of the board…. Can you help me with that?

    • Leigh says

      Hello Carolina! To layer the border, I just match up the edges and layer them to fill in gaps. Save my border so I can use it again and again!

    • Leigh says

      Hello! You layer them by matching up the designs and aligning it to the sides of the bulletin board! 🙂

  7. Julianne says

    Hi, love your tips! I started using fabric also, and it works so well! I’m wondering too how to avoid cutting the borders? Some boards are square , some are rectangle. So do you tuck the excess border?

  8. Robin says

    I also like to split up the humongous board in my room by putting boarders down the center…or thirds, depending on what I want from it. Different background color helps, too…
    Robin, 5th grade, VA

  9. Jennifer Hamilton says

    My classroom has cinder block walls. I hot glue borders in square or rectangular shape and make instant boards anywhere in the room.

    • Tiffany Stonesifer says

      And the paint doesn’t peel off when you take them down? This is a great idea if it is easy on the paint. I have cinder blocks in half of my classroom ad would love to use this idea.

  10. Misty says

    One of my favorite things to do is display student work on boards. At our school we get to decorate the hall boards two times a year on a rotation. Making sure you mount student work can really help it hold up and “pop” off the board. Printing titles on copy paper and mounting them also looks good. You can select from so many onts sizes too.

  11. Aleen says

    If you need a straight line, push 2 push pins into the BB and lay a yard stick on top of them. This makes tacking up your letters so quick and easy,

  12. Nicolette says

    Where do you suggest purchasing the black felt for the bulletin board? Also, was it fel fabric so it was still a large cut or small felt squares pieced together?
    Thank you!!

    • Leigh says

      I got mine from Walmart. It came in a huge roll, and I just measured and cut what I needed. I suggest doing that instead of trying to piece together smaller sized squares.

    • Candy says

      In August I layer my paper, beginning with spring, then Valentines, winter, then Christmas and last back to school. Saves a lot of time! I also write it in my lesson plans so my brain doesn’t get tripped up!

  13. Peggy M says

    Thank you for the Wow Work bulletin board idea! I put one up in my classroom last summer, and it not only brightens the room, but it saved me time all year. I found I put up MORE student work because it was so easy to unclip work and put up new. I’ve gotten compliments on it from teachers, parents, and administration, too. Keep up the great ideas!

    • Leigh says

      Our bulletin board are made from a canvas like material that allows things like staples and push pins to be pushed and pulled over and over again. Hope that helps!

  14. Michelle says

    All these ideas ate super great! In my case I have to cover plastic screens from the windows. I hardly have wall space too many windows,. What other ideas can you give me to have less problems & work covering those plastic window screens? Thank you for sharing your ideas & suggestions.

  15. Michelle says

    Hello, thank you for sharing all your great ideas. At my school I have lots of windows with pladtic screens. Every year I have to cover them with paper because of the lack of wall space. I would appreciate any other ideas to cover these plastic screens. I’ll probably try fabric which seems to ne as a wonderful idea. But I can’t tack or staple anything because I can’t break the plastic screens. Help please. Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas & suggestions

    • Leigh says

      Maybe paper? I’m not sure what you mean by plastic screens as that doesn’t seem like soemthing we have here in FL…

  16. Michalke, Julia says


    thx for all these wonderful ideas.
    I’m a teacher from Germany and we are pretty new to the bulletin boards. I just started to think about some ideas for my new teaching year.
    As I now started to collect all the material, I came across a big question. I would like to reuse the letters for other projects again. How do you attach them to the boards?
    I have just cork boards, which I will cover with fabric and paper.
    I would love to hear from you!!


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