If you’ve read this post, you know that I made the tough decision to conduct our homeschooling in our dining room, instead of in a separate school-room only space. However, when I made that decision, it created yet another dilemma:
Where, and how, would I display all of our school stuff?
In our previous home, we did school in a playroom area and I simply used sticky-tack to attach our stuff to a wall. But now, with it being in our dining room, I wanted something that looked a little nicer, a little more put together. I wanted a large bulletin board.
Unfortunately, after a little bit of online shopping, I realized there was no way I could afford one in the size that I needed. It would cost well over a hundred dollars (like the one below). After all the other expenses we had just incurred after moving into a new home, that wasn’t going to work.
Thankfully, Pinterest and a handy husband came to my rescue to help me construct our very own DIY bulletin board! And this one was WAY cheaper!
How to Construct the DIY Bulletin Board
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on what we did:
1. First, we measured the wall space and decided what size we wanted the bulletin board to be. For us, it was 68 by 48 inches.
3. Then we purchased a fabric slightly larger than the size of the board so we would have enough to cover the edges and attach it to the back. You could pick whatever type and style you want. I chose to keep it neutral with a light-colored linen. Fabric choice will have the greatest impact on the total cost of your bulletin board, so choose wisely.
4. To hang the board, we went the convenient route and used what we already had on hand. My husband put one hole on each side of the board about 1/4 of the way down from the top. Through these holes, he threaded a thin nylon rope and tied the ends together.
5. Then I covered the board with the fabric I had chosen. You could probably use either hot glue or staples, but I chose duct tape. My thinking was that it would be the easiest to remove and cause the least amount of damage to the board if I ever decided to change the fabric. I haven’t tried to do this, so I don’t know if that theory is true or not. What I do know, is that with the fabric I chose, the tape has kept the fabric securely in place for over a year now!
6. The final step was to then hang the board on the wall. We live in a rental home and are not allowed to put screws in the wall. Thankfully, using the rope and a simple picture hanging hook worked well for us!
Here’s what our finished board looked like:
Now, What to Put On Your DIY Bulletin Board?
The choice is yours! The steps above can be used to create a bulletin board of any size for any purpose. If you want to make your bulletin board one that you use in your homeschool classroom, like us, keep reading!
Here is what our bulletin board currently looks like:
What’s featured on the board changes slightly throughout the year, but here are the main components, with as many links as possible included for your convenience.
– At the top of the board, I used a basic piece of twine and some chip clips (although I would love to get some clothespins like these) to hang and display artwork or other school work. This has been a great way to cut down on paper clutter. I display a few of our favorites at a time. As new work is created, I take the old ones down and either trash them or put them in our keepsake portfolio (which has been one my best purchases since becoming a parent! I highly recommend them!)
– The majority of our board pieces come from this “Morning Meeting Solution Grade K” by Carson Dellosa. This kit includes the calendar, weather, ABC, and number posters as well as others that we aren’t currently using. It’s a great set to get you started and is reasonably priced. The only downfall it has is that the pieces aren’t laminated, but you can probably find somewhere to get that done if it’s something that is important to you (that’s what I did).
– Our sight words go into this pocket chart . Sometimes you can find items like this in the front dollar section of Target in late summer.
– I created some of these items myself by just typing, printing, and laminating. This is a great way to customize your board for your specific needs.
– The cute shape border at the bottom I also found at Target. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a link to it anywhere to share with you, which I’m totally bummed about because it’s super cute and the kids love it!
–Of course, I also feature our monthly Prayer Calendar for Kids that I created. It gives us something unique to focus our prayers on each day.
Each week includes these components:
Sunday- Praise for an attribute of God
Monday- An opportunity to ask for forgiveness
Tuesday- something to be thankful for
Wed. through Fri.- various requests
Saturday- a simple idea on how to serve others
(If you want to get a copy of the Prayer Calendar for Kids, just sign up below to join my email list and you’ll get exclusive access!).
So that’s it! Problem solved! Our school stuff is successfully displayed!
Now show me some of your work! I’d love to see pictures of your own bulletin boards and classrooms!