Bulletin boards- some teachers love creating them, others, well... don't. I usually fall into the former category, but it is nice to have some inspiration and ideas, especially for creating decorations that are cheap. There are a lot of cool products out there in magazines, school supply stores, etc.- but they can be pricey. So when your budget looks like mine you strive for different ways to do things.
Let me introduce you to my favorite bulletin board supply: The Plastic Tablecloth. They come in a variety of colors. They are easier to store and come in more manageable quantities than large bulletin board paper. And, they are cheap. These gems are from the Dollar Tree, making them $1 a piece.
Here's how I made a few bulletin boards for the upcoming Year of Mercy CCD Theme that cost me next to nothing.
Up first: A symbolic & simple version of the Image of Divine Mercy. I covered this bulletin board end to end with black plastic tablecloth. I happened to have the end of a roll of plastic for this, but a single one in a package would work too. I wasn't planning on using a border, so I made sure to cover the edges and trim neatly. (I also went over the exposed staples with a permanent black marker when I was finished....because I am a detail-oriented dork.)
If this had been a bigger bulletin board, I could have had nice long rays of light and just cut off the excess, but it is tiny, so I continues the display onto the wall. Note the door to the left of the bulletin board. I decided to just use the space that I have and then make a mirror image on the right.
Divine Mercy crafts I have created and pulling in St. Faustina's words.
Next up, I always decorate the main stairs to our basement where the CCD classrooms are located because it serves as a sort of entryway and I want to make it look kid friendly. You can see a few other years' decorations here and here. (Those posts will also show you how I have used more plastic tablecloths in the past!)
First, I opened up another red and blue tablecloth, unfolded, and gathered both of them together like this:
And finally, a couple of our youth group girls wanted to make something to help decorate the hallways, so I gave them a picture of the logo and they created this large (its about 8" long!) mixed media/collage of Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly. It turned out great, and I love that the kids made it!
You might want to check out the list of the other activities and printables I have already posted for the Year of Mercy. Click on this image, and scroll down a bit to the updated list: