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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!