Fabric...fake plants...

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  1. MissWull

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    Where is the best place to find fabric for bulletin boards, and also maybe fake plants...like a hanging vine type? I've looked at craft stores for the plants and they are almost $15 for a short length of vine!!
     
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    good will? salvation army? Thrift stores?
     
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    ebay
     
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    I bought bulletin board fabric (remnants) at Walmart this year. There wasn't a huge selection of colors, but I got a light blue flannel that has been perfect. Try a dollar store for fake plants/flowers. Good luck!
     
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    Fabric and silk flowers are two things I wouldn't buy second-hand. They both come with tons of dust and it isn't worth it to try and clean them. Wal Mart has fabric for $1 a yard and inexpensive flowers as well.
     
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    You can buy table cothes at the Dollar Store. They work wonderful for a dollar.
     
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    This is what I use as well--the colours don't fade and they are far lighter and easier to work with than fabric.
     
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    I like the idea of table cloths!

    Also... I got my fabric at JoAnnes, it was on sale. It wasn't too bad but I used it to cover almost a complete wall, so it seemed like a lot. Also, I got a really cute flower pot with colorful flowers for my desk at Wal Mart.
     
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    I use Dollar Tree tablecloths on my bulletin boards as well, and got the teacher next door into them. I put up solid color, generic cloths that I could use with any board, have not changed my backgrounds this entire year. Eventually I would love to be the teacher with the fabulous bulletin boards that change every season, but as a first year teacher going to grad school I just don't have the extra time, money and energy to be putting into my bulletin boards! I'd rather put it into my kids. The tableclothes are fantastic, I'd definitely recommend them.
     
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    I don't know about at walmart, but I know Hobby lobby's remnants are 75% off always! I love the tablecloth idea
     
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    I love the tablecloth idea. It seems even easier than the material I'm using. I'll have to try that when I move to my new school next year.
     
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    You can always change the border for something seasonal. Three sets (Autumn, Snow and Spring) will get you through the year. If you're careful putting up and taking down, they'll last for quite a number of years.

    Also, consider wallpaper for the boards. I've found rolls for $1 or so, and they last forever. They don't fade and they're durable.
     
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    Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! I guess I should have specified that I only need it for a project for my credential, so it doesn't have to be too sturdy to withstand years of being put up and taken down. I don't know why I didn't think of the $ store! That would be the perfect place to go.

    :thanks:
     
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    That was my trick Alice! I have 2 large boards to use in my room, 1 has navy blue and 1 has red. When I went to buy borders I specifically picked ones that would work with those 2 colors so that I didn't have to change the colors. Sneeeeaky sneaky! Worked, though!
     
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    dollar tree for flowers....walmart has cool fabric for $1/yd
     
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    Why not buy cheap white cotton fabric and have a batik or tye dye session with an after school club?

    It goes over really well with younger students and the older students can do printmaking or screening with stencils to make themed fabric. Art curriculum and fun at the same time.

    Just a thought.
    Mr. Skinner :D
     

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