Bulletin Board Hack #1 USE FABRIC!

I am so happy to link up with Angie at Lucky Little Learners 
This month we are all talking about Bulletin Boards.  I want to tell you that as a beginning teacher, I used to LOVE changing my bulletin boards.  You could frequently find me at school after hours cutting paper and changing borders.  Well, this will be my TENTH year teaching (how did that happen?!?!?!) Anyways, about 2 years ago, I discovered the beauty of Fabric.  I chose my favorite fabric colors, and put them up in my room. Those fabric backgrounds stayed up all year.
I didn’t break the bank either, cheap, cotton, solid color fabric highlighted with fun borders.
because changing paper AND borders AND bulletin board content,


 The pictures above are from 2013.  This is the first year I added the fabric. Some boards stayed the same all year.  For example the monkeys, we made as a class on the first day of school, stayed up all year and we added bananas for achievements  (I can count to 10. I read 5 books etc.) The school behavior board stayed up as well.  The rest of the boards had content that changed with lots of student work and learning targets. As you can tell, I was pretty big into the Safari theme that year!


 Last year, I kept THE SAME backgrounds!!! YES I SAID THE SAME!!!  But, I cleaned up the content and added these adorable banners!  These were my boards at the beginning of the year.  The same fabric… the same borders, but a totally different look!  I also made classroom decor to match my bulletin board colors. It gave my room much cleaner look.  As you can see, I am not a type A model classroom girl, and I haven’t spent thousands of $$$$ to make everything match and look like a show room ( you know, all the classrooms you drool about on pinterest).  But there IS a method to my madness.

ASL word wall
ASL Calendar

Classroom Decor


Classroom Banners

This bulletin board is from 2014 it stayed up in the hallway ALL YEAR and students were able to put up their achievements and student pride work next to their favorite superhero.
They LOVED doing this.. so each month it would look a little different (if only I had taken pictures) but the main board (and all the work) stayed the same.

I am changing it up a bit for 2015, so STAY TUNED for my classroom reveal happening September 2nd.  Thank you for joining me and don’t forget to check out all the other amazing bloggers on this link up!

6 Responses

    1. Thank you! I think they really made a difference! They looked nice and what a time saver!!! Good luck with what you decide on!

  1. Fabric was total game changer for me. At first I didn't think the expense would be worth it, but it REALLY was!

  2. Fabric was total game changer for me. At first I didn't think the expense would be worth it, but it REALLY was!

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