Besides having a passion for crafting, my other love is teaching . . . yes, I’m a teacher! One part of teaching that I really enjoy is coming with up creative ways to display my students’ work. Creating bulletin boards can get pricey, so I always like to challenge myself by repurposing all and any materials and supplies I have at hand.
I thought it would be fun to share some easy and inexpensive ideas on setting super bulletin boards.
This welcome board I made at the beginning of the year. It definitely reflects my love for sewing and cuteness! Don’t know if you can see, but on each button I wrote the name of a student . . . so sweet!
Tips: I love to use fabric for my backgrounds. Because fabric yardage can be steep, check out the clearance section of your local fabric stores. I bought 2 yards of this egg yolk-colored fabric for only $2! Do the same for pre-cut lettering, my letters came out for only $2 at Staples. The quilted stars border was salvaged from a fellow teacher. And the buttons and needle were made by me with construction paper. Total cost: $4 . . .fabulous!!
My kids wrote some persuasive letters to endorse their products. As much as I like using pre-made borders, they’re a bit predictable and humdrum. For this border I used business letters envelopes (2 boxes from the dollar store). I printed stamps on white paper, cut and pasted each stamp onto each envelope and had my students make address labels for each envelope. The pretty blue fabric was another $2 find and the little hands I made using construction paper. Total cost: $6 . . . Yowza!
This board was based on scenes from Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and was designed and constructed by my students. The kids painted 3 scenes on craft paper and sewed the illustrated pages to a rectangular piece of cardboard creating a hanging flip book. Each week, the students would flip a page to display a different scene. The children brought in the paints, craft paper, and card board, while I donated some velveteen fabric for the stage curtains ($3 for a yard), black fabric ($2) and gold trim (2 yards for $1.60 @ Walmart). Total cost: $6.60 . . . Super!
I’ll be back with another sampling of pics and tips for your bulletin board endeavors. Hope you enjoyed this post! C U Soon, Sue