Ok… I love bulletin boards. I do. But, maybe it’s more like a love/hate relationship. They brighten a room like nothing else can. My old room had HUGE bulletin boards. It allowed for so much creativity. I had a few that I kept the same all year, then I had a few that I would change seasonally. This seemed to be a good balance.
Bulletin Board Hack 1: Use Fabric on Your Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board Hack #2: Double the Border
Double, or even triple, your border. If Melanie from SchoolGirl Style has taught us anything about bulletin board style, it is to layer your bulletin board border. This not only adds visual interest, but it also takes up visual space. This makes it so you don’t have to put as much on the board. I call that a teacher win!
Layering border can be a little tricky… but, Maria from KinderCraze has your back. She shared this genius bulletin border hack for the perfectly layered border.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with layering your border! Mix different edges to create a fun look. I love straight-edged borders with a fun scallop! Click to see some of my favorite borders HERE!
On to the next hack…
Bulletin Board Hack #3: Never (EVER!) Cut Your Border…EVER!
Bulletin Board Hack #4: Layer Over Top
This next hack is for the *slightly* lazy teacher… like me *cough*…
- It is best used with same-edged borders. If you start with straight, you can only layer on straight. Scallop with scallop, etc.
- You can only layer about 4 borders before your staples start having issues. So, umm… don’t try to layer too many borders on top of each other. Eventually, you’ll have to clear the borders out and start again, but at least you’re not having to do that every time you change!
- This is assuming you are already doing hack number one… So, all you need to change is the actual border itself, not the background.
Bulletin Board Hack #5: Tack It in Place
Bulletin Board Hack #6: Take it Outside the Lines
Bulletin Board Hack #7: Re-Imagine Your Bulletin Board
It seems like the newer schools are lacking bulletin board space. My new school has barely any compared to my old school, which was built about 10 years before. I also visited a classroom of a friend who had floor to ceiling bulletin boards, and her school was built in the 70’s… so, yeah…
If you lack bulletin board space, re-think your space. Even something as simple as a clothesline or a tack strip can turn an unusable space into a display space!
Keep the paperclips up all year, then you just change out the work ever so often.
Bulletin Board Hack #8: Make it About the Kids
Use their pictures in a fun way…