Many years ago when I was just beginning teacher training in college I remember being told to start a bulletin board portfolio. We were required to take photographs and create displays of ideas. During my observations and then internship I dutifully took pictures and kept my scrapbook of photos. I don’t remember, but I probably got an A on that little assignment.
Truth: That scrapbook did not prepare me for making bulletin boards. Those photos did not teach me how to attach border quickly or how to add doo-dads to make the boards more interesting.
And now here I am in my teaching journey and I still have to make bulletin boards. And to this, I say, “Thank you Pinterest and cute fonts!”
And, thank you to the party section at Target… Keep reading!
Is This Really Easy? YES!
So, let’s make this as easy as possible. In fact, I love lists (as much as I love bulletin boards) so follow my simple steps:
- Choose a quote you like. (I have tons of ideas!)
- You need a nice background on your board. (I prefer a chalkboard paper because it makes the letters pop.)
- Pick your border. (More about that below.)
- Print your letters and cut them out. (More about that below and it really does not take long to cut the letters out. I do it while listening to an audiobook!)
- Grab some easy to make decor and attach everything to your board! (Target or Hobby Lobby both have so many options in the party departments.)
Choosing Border and Letter Colors
When I first started printing letters and creating bulletin boards like these, I just grabbed my colored cardstock and picked colors I liked. Well, that sometimes works, but I have a better plan for you!
First, choose a border that you like and also one that somewhat fits your theme. For one of my more recent boards, I picked an animal print made of neon colors.
After you have the border chosen, then pick your letter colors. It’s so much easier to do this after you have the border! To go with that animal print border I just chose several colors of Astrobrights cardstock.
Science Boards are the BEST!
This board was inspired by some challenges we were completing that involved Newton’s Laws of Motion. I picked the green border because I knew I was using a lot of red for the letters and decor.
I made the large apple out of tissue paper. I just cut out the apple shape using about 20 layers of tissue. Then I used a glue stick to randomly glue pieces together. When I opened it a honey-comb effect was created. No, I didn’t invent this- I had already purchased a honey-comb package for another board and just copied it!
Speaking of three-dimensional shapes! If you like those spherical shapes try the party section at Target. You can get so many colors of spheres and other shapes. They are made to make a fully round shape, but for a bulletin board just open them halfway.
I love this one about Mistakes. I picked the blue border because I knew I was going to use that superhero girl. The pile of spheres in the corner didn’t seem to be enough so I made paper fans and attached those, too.
This quote made me focus on the word Magic and what represents that better than a magic wand! So I made one using a large paper star and some ribbon streamers. I had a dowel stick already, but if you don’t have one you could just use a roll of paper or some straws.
For this one about Weird Science, I picked the border first and then added the spots as decorations. Super easy to make!
These are so fun to design! Tip: If you don’t have clip art you can enlarge, my resource has some things provided (like test tubes and beakers.) But you don’t have to have clip art! Shop in the party sections of Target of the Dollar-Spot and pick up some banners, fans, or pom-poms. Those three-dimensional shapes add great decorative touches to your boards!
Click on any of the images to see more about this set in my store!