Cheap Bulletin Board Decor

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  1. ayotte04

    ayotte04 Comrade

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    This will be my first year teaching and I've heard lots of teachers recommend felt as their bulletin board background. As great as that seems, I find that to possibly be expensive (unless I'm going about this all wrong).

    I was thinking of using wrapping paper as a background for a few boards; it CAN (though not always) be cheap and would add color and designs the regular butcher paper cannot. Ideas for where to get deals on it....or other ways to decorate...?
     
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    A tablecloth from the Dollar Store is big, cheap, all one piece, won't fade.
     
  4. ayotte04

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    ah tablecloth! hadn't even thought about that. thanks!
     
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    All of my boards are painted bright colors. I wouldn't go back to covering them myself for anything. Of course, I teach jr. high, so doing my boards isn't as intensive as it is for some of you.
     
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    I use material I bought for $1.00 a yard at Walmart.
     
  7. Mable

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    I use fabric. Costs around $7 for a large bb but I use it over and over again.
     
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    The bbs at my school are covered with a textured material- nice. Eliminates the need to cover the board with paper or fabric.

    I do think that wrapping paper would work nicely though if you need to cover yours.
     
  9. IowaLA

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    I have used flat sheets from Wal-Mart. They are very cheap and come in a lot of different colors.
     
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    The cheapest for us is using the bulletin board paper the school provides.
     
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    I am glad someone finally mentioned the BB paper available at school! I was feeling weird because no one was saying they use the stuff the school supplies. We had an enormous supply of those gigantic roles of BB paper...all colors. I just don't need to buy anything. I plan to eventually laminate my BB letters and pieces. The smart thing would be to do it at the end of one school year and cut them out over the summer.
     
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    I use wallpaper seconds. I can usually find remants-- single rolls or something over the summer. It's sturdy, has neat edges when you cut, and doesn't fade.
     
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    Last year was my first year of teaching and nobody told me about the rolls of BB paper. I spent a lot of $$ buying paper to cover my boards. I teach HS, but I still like color in my room. About half-way through the year I was with another teacher, and she pulled out about 6 rolls of BB paper from under our stage!! I'm sure my mouth fell open. I won't make the same mistake this year, I will use what the school has and I will be happy with it!
     
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    Check out the Dollar Tree's teacher corner. They have die cuts and premade letters to use. I also use the $1 a yard fabric from Walmart as well. Yor school may even have a die cut machine in the workroom.
     
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    I also use the $1.00 vinyl tableclothes. They come in every colour, are really large and are very easy to work with.
     
  16. ayotte04

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    flat sheets? as in bedding sheets?
     
  17. IowaLA

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    Yep! They work great and are fairly cheap!
     
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    I paint mine. It rolls on quick and easy. Then If I wnt a different color I just paper over it with the BB paper the school provides!
     
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    Tablecloths and wallpaper seem like great ideas!

    Last year I used inexpensive fabric from Wal-Mart.

    I don't like to use paper because it rips too easily and shows the holes when I rearrange my board.
     
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    I try to find fabric that may be on sale because it lasts a long time. Eventually it fades, but I find that paper tears and doesn't look as good after a while.
     
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    My school provides it too, but I am cutting impaired ;) and it takes me forever to cover a board this way. It also fades and tears up for me. I put fabric up on my boards three years ago and they still look great! Staples don't bother it, holds its shape, doesn't fade. Woohoo!
     

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