Can we take a moment to appreciate teachers? They truly are some of the most creative people on the planet — from lesson planning and crafting to storytelling and experimenting. But even the best teachers can get stumped when it comes to setting up a classroom bulletin board. From picking a theme to deciding on a color scheme, many things must be considered. We compiled 15 of the best back-to-school bulletin board ideas for teachers that are easy to DIY and maintain.
Bulletin boards are the unsung heroes of the classroom. They can help set a theme for the year, engage students, relay important information, and display student work. Often, bulletin boards are the first thing parents, students, and visiting teachers see upon entering, so it's no wonder they have become so integral to the overall feel of the room. From buzzy bees and gemstones to art supplies and avocados, there's a bulletin board theme out there for every teacher. Read on to find out more.
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Gemstone Themed Bulletin Board
Each and every student is a gem. Set up your back-to-school bulletin board to reflect that with these gemstone-themed accessories. A silicone gel mold is used to make the gemstone shapes, which are then painted and hot glued to magnets and pins.
Get the Gemstone Bulletin Board tutorial at A Kailo Chic Life.
Felt Bulletin Board
Felt is a great material for a bulletin board. You can interchange the piece regularly without redoing the whole thing. There's always a new look to be had, and it's easy enough for the students to get involved too.
Get the Felt Bulletin Board tutorial at Buggy and Buddy.
Crayon Bulletin Board
Is there anything as exciting as a new box of crayons? Give the beloved school supply a place of honor on your back-to-school bulletin board.
Get the Crayon Bulletin Board tutorial at LB Crafty Bee Creations.
Avocado Bulletin Board
Who doesn't love avocados? Show your students they are the best of the bunch with these super cute avocado cutouts.
Get the Avocado Bulletin Board tutorial at The Girlfriend's Guide to Teaching.
Stick With Kindness Bulletin Board
Cacti catch a lot of flack for being prickly, but they also make a catchy bulletin board pun like this one asking kids to stick with kindness all year round.
Get the Stick With Kindness Bulletin Board tutorial at The Girlfriend's Guide to Teaching.
Smart Talk Bulletin Board
Grab kids' attention by speaking their language: social media hashtags and text bubbles. These are great conversation starters for your monthly reading assignments.
Get the Smart Talk Bulletin Board tutorial at Teaching on Cloud 9.
Camping Bulletin Board
These camping-themed bulletin board decorations are a craft and writing activity rolled into one. You never know what little imaginations can come up with.
Get the Camping Bulletin Board tutorial at LB Crafty Communications.
Boho Frame Bulletin Board
Add a 3D element to your bulletin board with a boho frame. It's a polished look that can be used time and time again. Mix and match frames for a more eclectic look.
Get the Framed Bulletin Board tutorial at Lia Griffith.
Reading Detective Bulletin Board
Encourage students to become reading detectives with this interactive bulletin board featuring illustrated magnifying glasses.
Get the Reading Detectives Bulletin Board tutorial at Teaching on Cloud 9.
Donut Bulletin Board
Donuts are always a welcome treat. Add a little sweetness to your classroom with this pastry-themed bulletin board featuring twine and clothespin attachments.
Get the Donut Bulletin Board tutorial at Teaching On Cloud 9.
Puzzle Piece Bulletin Board
Inspire camaraderie with this puzzle-piece bulletin board, complete with a photo collage. Students will love seeing their faces as they walk into class each day.
Get the Puzzle Piece Bulletin Board tutorial at Sunshine and School Time.
Popsicle Bulletin Board
Can't shake the summer? Ease back into school with a popsicle-themed board to remind your students of those carefree summer days.
Get the Popsicle Bulletin Board tutorial at Sunshine and School Time.
70s Vibe Bulletin Board
Good vibes are always appreciated. This '70s-inspired, earth-toned bulletin board is all about peace and love.
Get the 70s Vibe Bulletin Board tutorial at Ms. Winters Teaches First Grade.
Read a Latte Bulletin Board
What teacher doesn't love a good cup of coffee? This tongue-in-cheek bulletin board is perfect for showing off your students' favorite novels.
Get the Read a Latte Bulletin Board tutorial at Classroom Sparrow.
Career Research Bulletin Board
It's never too early to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up. This career research bulletin board utilizes name tags to display students' preferred career paths.
Get the Career Research Bulletin Board tutorial at Classroom Sparrow.
Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based freelancer with over 15 years of experience writing for online publications. Her work can be seen in Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day, where she covers everything from gift guides to personal essays. She holds a B.A. in English from Chapman University and is working toward her Early Childhood Education teaching credentials.
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