If you are lucky enough to receive a classroom budget, then these items from Amazon are totally worth the investment, and if stored carefully should last you for years!
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Bulletin Board Paper
Hopefully your school already provides some primary colored backing paper for your bulletin boards. But this stuff is amazing. I bought some last year and backed both my own board and one in my husband’s classroom, and I have fallen in love with it. Not only does it look cool in a shiplap-Joanna-Gaines-kinda-way, but it doesn’t tear and so can endure staple removals. It is thicker than regular bulletin board paper and it is fade resistant. I have used mine over and over – put it up on the board in August and it is still there in May (see below!). There are other styles, but because this is outdoorsy/country/not perfect it hides the staple holes from other displays. Love, love, love, can’t say enough good things about it.
If you are an avid reader of my blog, (and I know you are), you will remember that I attempted to make my own fan circles and enjoyed moderate success and a burnt carpet. It wasn’t my favorite thing to do, but it can be done. Amazon has a variety – I like these black and white ones to go with my shiplap board.
If you feel that your summer is lacking in crafting activities, then save yourself some money and and check out this tutorial.
If you cut it right for the bulletin board, two long strips, two short, you should be able to carefully take it down at the end of the year, roll it up, paper clip the ends and keep it for next year. A time-saver is to keep up the same fabulous backing paper (see above), and just staple new border over the old. So much quicker than a total board overhaul. Love this black and chalk effect border, but also have a great affection for confetti and polka-dots.
Stay with me here. For the first half of my teaching career I felt like a staple remover was unnecessary. A frippery. I turned my nose up at such a tool, and acted like I was teaching off the grid. How could I have been so wrong? 12 years of scissors gorging holes in the board, ripped student work and ragged nails. Ms. Robertson set me straight as she calmly, quickly and carefully removed every staple from the board, pushing aside my attempts to help with a pair of Fiskars. If you don’t have one, get one here, and save yourself and your nails.
There are two types, but these clampy types are my favorite. Because they look like dragons.
Cricut Explore Air 2
I’m definitely pushing it a bit here, but if your school has some magic money that can be used to make your life easier, then this Cricut Explore Air 2 is the purchase for you. Use it to make all your bulletin board letters in a flash with no tiresome cutting. Use your time for more important things, like getting staples out of boards with your new staple remover.
You can make your own letters without a Cricut with this tutorial. You just need PowerPoint, a good craft knife and some time.
If you need inspiration for your next bulletin board, or you have fabulous ideas and want to share, why not join our Bulletin Board Facebook group?