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  1. Teacher Chele

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    What is your favorite way to cover your bulletin boards? Between an old, unusable white board, a green(yuck) chalk board and the actual bulletin boards I have 45 feet of space to cover.
     
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  3. Preschool0929

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    I always use fabric to cover mine. I usually can find some on clearance at hobby lobby or walmart. It's durable and holds up for years until I want a different look.
     
  4. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I convinced my mom to use wrapping paper this year. She loved it. In fact, it's in such good shape that she doesn't need to replace it! It didn't fade at all!

    In order for the bulletin boards to not be too busy, she used chevron wrapping paper with solid color borders. So cute--I wish I had a pic!
     
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    I use fabric. We have to decorate our doors and I use fabric for that too. This year I used liquid starch and it still looks great. Putting it up was a pain but it was nice not to have to redo my door like everyone else halfway through the year.
     
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    I would love to see a pic of that!
     
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    I found a couple of neat flat sheets at a thrift store, $0.75 each, which figures - go looking for a special bowl, end up with sheets for the bulletin boards. I forgot that someone had mentioned the starch, so it was good to jog my memory. Some of our students love the sound of tearing the paper off the boards, and fabric is just, well, BORING - no thrill, no noise, no little scraps all over the hall. They might take them down once or twice, but since I don't even get that upset, the thrill is gone, and mine stay up, as others come down as fast as they can put them up.
     
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    How do you do that with liquid starch? I've never used liquid starch before.
     
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    Dunk your fabric in a bucket of liquid starch and put it up on the wall. Smoothing out the bubbles takes a few minutes, but it's not hard. If you were doing a bulletin board, you might need to staple the top but I just put two inches over the door and taped the ends.

    It's a bit messy but when it dries, it is the same color and texture.
     
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    This was my next question. :)

    Thanks! Maybe I'll give this a shot! I'm intrigued.
     
  11. MrsC

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    I use black plastic tablecloths from the dollar store. Easy to work with and no fading!
     
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    I used old comic books on one of kine last year.
    Ive seen teachers use everything from tablecloths to fabric to butcher paper.
    I used wrapping paper on my teacher desk.
     
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    I generally love fabric, but last year I didn't cover the bulletin boards. They were quite new, looked great, and the bare bones natural look worked with my theme.
     
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    BB paper and I use colored duct tape around the edges as borders.

    I teach MS & HS so I keep them up year long - I never change the actual BB background.
     
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    That's a good idea too. I've seen those in Dollar Tree and wondered whether that would work. :) My concern was wear and tear and whether they would rip... but I don't change my BB often.
     
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    I liked dark stretchy fabric from Wal Mart. Not everybody likes the stretchy kind, but it helped when I cut it wrong! I used mine for several years. Doesn't show the staple holes!
     
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    I've used fabric and butcher paper.
    I think fabric works best; you can't see the staple holes!
    But I also like butcher paper for when I'm actually gluing or taping things on there
     
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    I also use fabric. When I used paper, I had to replace it the next year. Kids would also write on it or tear it. Fabric looks way nicer, and I haven't had to replace it in years.
     
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    Fabric for the win! It can be used for so long. I'm still using the same glitter green fabric from 2 years ago on my hallway bulletin board. When I really need a different look, I just staple down butcher paper over it for a temporary change.
     
  20. Teacher Chele

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    I found plastic table cloth by the roll at Party City! It's 40in. x 100ft., so it's perfect! No wrinkles from the folds.
     
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    I used plastic tablecloths from Target this year and they worked fine. I would have been able to use them again next year if I wasn't changing schools! I'm going to do the same thing this year but just flip my color scheme.

    This year was by FAR the easiest time I've had with getting my bulletin boards up. Hopefully that'll be the case again this year!
     
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    I use fabric.

    I put fabric on my three bulletin boards in 1998, and two of them still had the same fabric this past May when I moved rooms. The only reason I changed the other one was because it developed holes from many years of repeated stapling.
     

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