Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cheap and Easy Bulletin Boards

Hey yall! Natalie here from Teachery Tidbits.
Well, I officially started back-to-school on Thursday, so I am in full force get-my-room-ready mode. My kiddos won't start until Wednesday the 6th, but Open House is Monday the 4th sooo.....
there's some work to do!

One thing that I really love about getting my room ready is doing my bulletin boards. So I wanted to share a little tip that might help you when doing your bulletin boards.
I really love using plastic tablecloths for bulletin boards for a couple different reasons.
1. They're cheap. I buy the 99 cent plastic tablecloths from Wal-Mart. The price is right for a poor teacher like me!
2. They're durable. The plastic holds up pretty well, as long as you don't put tape on it.
Plastic + tape = major rippage
3. They're vibrant! Tablecloths don't fade or lose their color overtime, like butcher paper. The color stays bright all year long.
4. Fun patterns! Nowadays, you can get plastic tablecloths in lots of fun patterns. I mostly stick with solid colors, but last year I picked up that fun chevron tablecloth above and it made a HUGE statement for my bulletin board!

Here are some of my boards from last year that I used plastic tablecloths on.
You do have to really make sure that you get all the wrinkles out though!
I obviously didn't do a good job on my genre board up there....yikes!
Those wrinkles are driving me crazy just looking at that picture!
But its also an easy fix! Just smooth and staple :)
Alright, that's it for me! Off to get more work done :)


  1. I decided to try plastic tableclothes this year. I've used paper and fabric but both fade, although fabric you can use for several years if you can get past the faded areas. I wondered about the puckering with the clothes. My good friend is going to come and help so her extra pair of hands will hopefully help smooth the way. Your boards look wonderful! I hope mine turn out half as well!