How do I get my Bulletin Board letters on straight?

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  1. februarybaby2856

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    Help! I just went to my room to put a bulletin board up, and since I hadn't done it in 30 years, I was surprised at how hard it was to get the letters on straight!

    Any hints? Thanks!
     
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  3. lcluigs03

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    i just make mine look all crooked on purpose. that way they think you're just making it more interesting looking. lol. i can't get them on straight without drawing a faint line with a meter/yard stick.

    good luck

    LC
     
  4. MrsC

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    I usually put mine on an angle in the upper left corner of the board...don't have time (or the inclination) to fuss to get them straight and centred!
     
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    Me, too. I did get one of those level things with a light that shoots out but I'm too lazy to use it for letters.
     
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    I make mine crooked on purpose as well.
     
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    It sounds like we're all perfectionists who have overcome by intentionally making them imperfect. I bet we all stand back to see if the crooked letters are the way we want them to be.
     
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    I either make them crooked on purpose orglue them on construction paper and then staple the construction paper to the wall. This makes it easier to get it straight and it is easy to take down as well!
     
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    yclark...so funny! Yep...even putting them on crooked, I stand back to see if they are crooked the way I want them to be crooked!!! LOL
     
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    I don't put mine on crooked...just up & down. I start with the first letter down a little low, the next goes up higher, the next lower, & so on. That's how every board in my room looks. Works perfectly!!!
     
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    upsadaisy - I had never thought of using the laser beam light thing for bulletin boards!!! My husband has a new one and now I know what to do with the old one!!!:)
     
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    yep i make them crooked too. Or i make the letters appear to be jumping up and down.
     
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    too funny! i do this! however i think i'm really judging the distance between the words...are they too jumbled? but anyway...i do still check!

    LC
     
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    I took two map tacks and "tacked" my meter stick to the bulletin board while I was putting my letters up. That way I could get them on there straight and even.
     
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    Crooked on purpose and yes, I stand back and look!!!
     
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    I just use two push pins and a piece of string. If I want the letters 3 inches from the top, I measure down 3 inches on each edge of the board, and put the push pins there. Then I wrap a piece of string around one push pin and pull it taut and wrap it around the other one. Sounds like a lot of work but just takes a few seconds. Then I keep the push pins and string together in a drawer for the next time!
     
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    i never thought to use a laser level!!!

    no tonly do i make my letters crooked on purpose and make sure they look good when they are up...i put tape rolled around the back first and move them around until i like them...then i just staple them (tape and all).
     
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    The removable painter's tape (the purple kind works best) can be used. Just put a line of it up, and when you are done, gently peel it off.
     
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    I just lie and say a student put it up and I didn't have the heart to straighten their work! Just kidding! LOL
     
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    LOL Ann I'll have to remember that one.

    I use a meter stick and make a chalk line. Thn whwen I'm done I erase it with my finger.
     
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    I use thumb tacks to get them all in place before putting tape or glue on the backs. I'm too much of a perfectionist to do the intentionally crooked thing...it never seems to work for me and I wind up messing with it over and over.
     
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    I never arrange ANYTHING straight anymore. I've given up. :D

    I've used thumb tacks, though... which improved my odds 10 percent or so. :)
     
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    I don't bother trying to keep them straight. I put them on crooked, higher and lower. I have seen some teachers use a length of yarn to help them keep letters straight. They pin/staple the yarn like a base line, put the letters up, and remove the yarn.
     
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    I put them on crooked on puprose and then stand back and check out their spacing. I usually end up pulling things off and adjusting them. Today my partner teacher walked into my room and found me staring at the wall! When she asked what on earth I was doing, I pointed out a poster I had just hung that was not centered, and told her, "I'm deciding whether it bothers me enough to take it down and redo it" Sure enough, I took it down and redid it!
     

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