If you haven’t tried using fabric on your bulletin boards yet, what are you waiting for? I’m sharing lots of classroom bulletin board ideas and tips, PLUS some pictures of my favorite bulletin boards over the years!
Using Fabric on Bulletin Boards
There are several reasons I love using fabric on my bulletin boards, but here are a few of the top ones!
- So many more color options!
- Fabric goes on a lot smoother than paper and
- It doesn’t rip or tear like paper
- It doesn’t show holes from push pins or staples as much as paper does
- The color lasts so much longer and doesn’t fade as quickly!
I get most of my fabric from JoAnn Fabrics! Also, my local stores told me that if you have fabric cut but it doesn’t work out, you can still return it to the store for a full refund if you don’t make any cuts to it! Definitely check with your local store before purchasing, but I thought that was good to know and it gave me a little more peace of mind!
The downside of fabric is that it’s a little more expensive! I waited until they had sales to buy my fabric! A lot of places also offer a teacher discount, so you can check with your store about that before purchasing to save a little extra money!
Also, because you might be wondering about my classroom walls… I have two walls that are completely tackable! Which means I can staple into them anywhere! It has allowed me to create my own bulletin board sizes, which I definitely appreciate!
Bulletin Board Borders
I get asked about my bulletin board borders all the time over on Instagram! They are designed by Schoolgirl Style, and I bought them off Amazon! You can get the black and white scalloped border in regular bulletin board strips, or in a long roll!
BULLETIN BOARD LETTER IDEAS
Use a Cricut to cut your bulletin board letters
All of the black bulletin board letters you see in my classroom are cut using my Cricut! I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 and it is incredible! It is so easy to use and you can cut out letters in any font that is on your computer!
Print letters and put them in frames
Another bulletin board letter idea is printing large letters and then putting the in black frames! I got this idea from my friend Hannah! You can follow her on Instagram @misswestbest! I made the letters in PowerPoint and then used old IKEA picture frames! I hot glued a thumb tack to the corners of the frames and then just pushed them into my bulletin boards!
I used the frames for our school’s PBIS bulletin board as well as our GOALS bulletin board!
Paper mache letters
The last thing I have done with my bulletin board letters is spray paint paper mache letters! These are fun because they have a 3D effect! I hot glue thumb tacks to the back of these letters as well to get them to stay up on my bulletin boards!
I’ve had these paper mache letters for years! Here’s a picture of them on my old writing bulletin board!
Other Classroom Display Spaces
I love using the space above my bulletin boards for display too! I have student artwork and our Accountable Talk Posters hanging up above our bulletin boards!
Other Classroom Display Spaces
You can also use white boards as “bulletin board” space! This whiteboard is behind my projector screen most of the day, but I use it to hang up my calendar, pictures, and this magnetic shelf is where I keep our current read aloud!
I also recently redid my classroom door and I’m loving how this space looks now! I created this digital file and got it printed in a banner size! Check out my Positive Affirmation Classroom Door post to read more about it!
Classroom cupboard doors are also a great place for displays! I have our classroom jobs displayed on one of our cupboards, and our sticker display on another! You can read all about my sticker storage + display here!
Bulletin Board Ideas + Inspiration
These are some more of my favorite bulletin boards over the past few years!
Reading graffiti wall – read more about it here!
Class Photo Wall – I used this to display pictures throughout the year! I got the pictures printed from Foxprint and then my students wrote the captions on them!
I also have a YouTube video with more bulletin board ideas + tips! Click the video below to watch!