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Fabric vs. Sheets vs. Burlap
Old 08-10-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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I think I'm finally ready to make the jump to fabric on my bulletin boards this year! The problem is I'm trying to find the most cost-effective material to do so. I've heard conflicting opinions from others in my building so I figured I'd ask on here...

Are you pro-fabric, pro-sheets, or pro-burlap? Why?

Here are my board dimensions:
(2) 57" x 65"
(1) 28.5" x 65"
(1) 59" x 59"
(2) 47" x 58"'

I'd love to not spend $50+ on bulletin board fabric (my husband may kill me haha), so any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :-)


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I actually found burlap for $2/yd at a local fabric store that was having a 50% off sale! I can do all my bulletin boards for a little over $20. Not too bad!
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That's a good deal. What color was it, regular brown color or some other color?
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It was regular brown. At that price, I'll take it!
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I'm pro-sheets because they tend to be already wide enough to cover a full bulletin board. With fabric, I have to have two pieces to fit.

Sheets from Fred Meyer or Walmart are also much cheaper than an equal amount of equivalent quality fabric from the fabric store.

Burlap wouldn't match the overall look of my room.


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I use plastic table cloths from the dollar store. Very cheap, durable and bright.
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I'm pro-fadeless paper!


I've heard about all the wonders of cloth and other materials from my coworkers. I just can't make the switch. I freak out if the material starts to sag or gets wrinkled.


Our local wal-marts have tons of material on clearance right now! I bought 6 yards of a baby blue and white checkered material for 4.00
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I have 2 boards with black paper on the, which is nice for creating anchor charts on b/c if it marks through you can't see it. On my back bulletin boards I have locker wrapping paper (it matched my theme!), and thick wrapping paper. I get the really good stuff from Hobby Lobby when it's 50% off.
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Me too!!!!!
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I buy the really thick wrapping paper (gold, silver, and reds) at hobby lobby when it goes in clearance (after Christmas). It's really durable for high traffic areas (like your door) and little first grade hands.



Michael just got some new wrapping paper in the dollar bins area this week--really pretty blues, yellow with white polka dots, pinks and purples. I was so excited.
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I taught 1st-3rd grades for 29 years. I retired to care for my sweet Mama. Probably my last 25 years were spent using fabric. It does not leave hole marks and rarely fades. I'd stretch and staple so no wrinkles showed. I used my boards in 3rd grade for things that would be used all year. For holidays, I'd add decor to different areas of the classroom. I made gingham curtains and used all colors of gingham for bulletin boards or something I wanted to keep highlighted on my wall. I also made Snoopy my theme. So gingham and Snoopy made my room very cheery and I received a lot of compliments. Third grade is a hard one to teach, and adding changes for holidays, etc. was harder. Younger children need holiday decor and celebrations much more.


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I would suggest looking at thrift stores for flat sheets. I have found sheets at our local Goodwil for $2.88 and used those for bulletin boards, much cheaper than paying for it by the yard.
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:25 PM
 
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I have moved to a new school this year. I have been going in a little each day for the past couple of weeks to work. I noticed that my do worker painted all of her bulletin boards black. Then she doesn't have to use anything to cover them if she doesn't want to.
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