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I, too, use fabric from WalMart. Because my bulletin boards are pretty busy, I usually go with a solid. I make valances for my windows using a patterned fabric that often ties in with my theme. I have taken that same fabric, laminated it, cut it in long strips, and hung it up as a bulletin board border to coordinate the room. I have also cut Elison letters from the laminated fabric.

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Munchkins 01-17-2015 03:55 PM

I am the first inhabitant of my room, that was newly constructed 5 years ago. The 2 small bulletin boards in my room came with a nice tan background, so I just add border to it. It's neutral, and I like it. Doesn't get any easier than that!

LoveLife54 01-17-2015 02:54 PM

I like the fabric and you can find the $1.00 table at WalMart. It just occurred to me that the Dollar Tree has plastic solid color tablecloths that might work. Super cheap but may look super cheap too. Just an idea.

SteveHolt! 01-17-2015 12:38 PM

Use oil cloth. It's easy to whipe down. My local fabric shop has oil cloth but you could try Wal-mart.

whatever 07-27-2007 05:10 AM

how do you laminate fabric. I cannot imagine running a piece big enough for BB through the regular machine?!? Also, do you just do the backs?

I am interested but confused...help

teacher609 07-26-2007 06:44 PM

I love bold colors, so I frequent the wallpaper stores and ask them for their border discards. Wallpaper border is wider than regular border for bulletin boards and really makes the room stand out!

Bertie 07-21-2007 01:26 PM

Fabric for me too, but tablecloths, or sheets, work great too. The cheap tablecloths for camping are best if you're going that way, but usually are quite colorful and busy. My boards are also pretty busy, so the plain fabric from WalMart is my choice.

iPeach 07-21-2007 01:22 PM

I use fabrics as well. I used black last year (for one of them) and I agree, things against the black really stood out and it looks great. I'm using it again this year along with a blue deminish that looks like jeans!! With so much stuff on my BB, I need solid fabrics or else it would be way to "busy!" Have fun whatever you choose!

bonpar 07-21-2007 11:57 AM

I bought some plain black fabric and this will be the 4th year I've used it. I leave it up all year and change the borders now and then. The black background really makes the colors "pop".

imau2u 07-21-2007 09:19 AM

Fabric for me too... love getting it from Wal-Mart, so cheap, but worth every penny out of my pocket!

twiceblessed 07-21-2007 06:28 AM

In the past I had always used fadeless bulletin board paper, because at my last school we were not allowed to use fabric. This year I am at a new school and I am going to try fabric!

SusanTeach 07-21-2007 06:08 AM

I'm another fabric person! I love it! I always hit the $1. table at Walmart, and it lasts for years! I haven't had to replace any of mine yet - except when I've changed my theme.

I've also used an old atlas for my postcard exchange board - I stapled the pages of the atlas randomly around, then put my huge US map on top of it.

NewNana 07-21-2007 04:03 AM

I, too, use fabric from WalMart. Because my bulletin boards are pretty busy, I usually go with a solid. I make valances for my windows using a patterned fabric that often ties in with my theme. I have taken that same fabric, laminated it, cut it in long strips, and hung it up as a bulletin board border to coordinate the room. I have also cut Elison letters from the laminated fabric.

MrsG 07-20-2007 08:07 PM

Some I use fabric. Some I use felt so that I can "stick" things on it, like my calendar board that things get changed a lot.

Sometimes just plain paper. Sometimes newspaper (comics, classified).

kinderteachnc 07-20-2007 07:59 PM

I use fabric on my student of the week board since I only change the name and pictures. It looks the best too. On the other boards we usually use paper. On some smaller boards I've seen teachers use construction paper of different colors like a checkerboard.

TeachNTn 07-20-2007 07:53 PM

Fabric last longer and comes in all types of wonderful patterns. I just put a blue and white gingham check on one and yellow and white gingham on another.

NJ Teacher 07-20-2007 07:33 PM

My first choice is fabric. I can choose an all-around generic pattern, or go for holidays if I want. I also have used wrapping paper. It's cheaper, and it works especially well for bulletin boards that might not be up a long time. I also use fadeless paper or corobuff paper if I want a solid, but fabric is my first choice. I don't have a lot of bb space in my room, and one of them is pretty difficult to access because it is behind the computers, so fabric works well. We don't have any regulations as to not being able to use fabric because of fire laws, so the fabric stays.

teacher_cac 07-20-2007 07:16 PM

I used paper in the past but in a small effort to "go green" I purchased fabric and put it up for the upcoming year. I LOVE IT! It's so bright and I was able to get a greater variety than I did when I used paper. I got mine all off the clearance section at Walmart. I checked out Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics, but I couldn't find a better deal than Walmart.

I've also heard of teachers using thick ribbon for the borders. Sounds cute, but I've never tried it.

A.J.Teach 07-20-2007 07:16 PM

I put black felt on my boards 6 years ago and it is still good as new. I leave it up and change the boarders each year. I can put velcro dots my word wall words and put them up with that, it stays all year.

desire2inspir 07-20-2007 07:10 PM

I've used fabric, gift wrap, children's picture book covers, flags, and curtains (to look like a stage).
A little creativity can go a long way

Lynnteach2 07-20-2007 06:56 PM

I use fabric. It holds up well and is easy to change.Lots of patterns and prints that you can use.

vateacher 07-20-2007 06:49 PM

The teachers at my school painted our bulletin boards with interior house paint. When we want a change we put butcher paper or fabric up. Some teachers have also put up netting, corrugated (sp?) cardboard with designs etc. I like my painted boards.

I have never tried it but I think a newspaper or sunday comics section would make for a fun and colorful board!

apple324 07-20-2007 06:45 PM

I am wondering what materials do you use to cover your bulletin board

I am looking for creative ways to cover mine

Thanks!




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