Thursday, June 27, 2013

Colorful Bulletin Boards

So...I have been working on getting my classroom ready for the new school year. My room is huge, but the entire back and front walls are covered with floor to ceiling bulletin boards. Boo hoo, right? Well, my dilemma came from the bulletin boards being a dull red color. Absolutely nothing in my new colorful owl decor matched the red. I had some fabric already, but instead of paying an arm and a leg for more fabric, I came across some great sales for flat sheets. Yes, the majority of my bulletin board fabrics are actually sheets (SO much cheaper!!)!

Another problem I ran into were the large gaps that existed between each piece of fabric. I initially thought I would need to have at least 3 layers of trim borders around each fabric section. It wasn't until I was standing in the store holding a ton of trim that it hit me: " It seems so silly to spend this much money on trim when I could use that on other things I really do need for curriculum. Why not try something else?" A night or two later, the answer dawned on me: USE PLASTIC TABLECLOTHS! On my next trip to school I took one plastic tablecloth, cut it into 4 long pieces, and proceeded to staple away around each side of my fabric. I bunched and stapled for quite some time, but I'm loving the 3D effect and added color!