Posted tagged ‘Winter holiday displays’

3D ideas-Bulletin Boards on a Budget

March 27, 2010

Bulletin Boards on a Budget

I get ideas so many different places. Fairs, amusement parks, book stores, thrift stores, craft stores & even happy meal toys.  I check the clearance section of stores for nearly free finds.  Children’s picture books are a great inspiration for me. 

Here are a few suggestions for additions to a bulletin board display:

Film strips
Exposed rolls of 35mm film                                          
Movie film reels
Old fashioned popcorn containers
Ribbon…yards and yards of ribbon…
Gift boxes
Snowflakes/paper and plastic
Garlands of popcorn and cranberries
Plastic pumpkins
Silk leaves/Flowers
Fabric quilt squares
Stuffed animals
Heart shaped candy boxes
Magazine covers
Seasonal decorations

Free posters
Artificial fruits
Wired ribbon and garlands
Graduation caps and tassels
Cardboard cutouts / decorations
Clothes pins
Chain / Lock & Key
Caution tape
American flags
Cookie boxes
Battery operated lights

There are a variety of things you can use to attach items to your boards: 
Double sided tape, push pins in a variety of shapes and sizes, black photo mounting corners, staples & scrapbooking adhesives.


More Snowflakes

December 6, 2009

As promised:  More snowflakes –

You can find hundreds of patterns of snowflakes to add to your holiday displays and bulletin boards at the site below.

Snowflakes behind the Orange Curtain

November 23, 2009

Years ago when I was first starting out, I couldn’t think of what to do for high school holiday bulletin boards.  With elementary boards you can have such cute themes…but the high schoolers don’t always appreciate cute little animals dressed in snow gear. 
My students and I put up a Christmas tree that was donated by a previous tech.  When she left the job, she didn’t want to take the tree with her.  I dutifully put it up every year, but between you, me and everyone in Cyberspace….it’s a pain in the to assemble. 

So – what to put up for December? 
I started with a background of black paper and added a cute Mary Englebreit poster that we had bought.  In case you cannot read it, the quotation is:  “A Book is a present you can open again and again.”
Then I was stuck for the rest.  I looked over to my desk where the Christmas cards I had received from faculty and student clubs were displayed. 
Students love to be included on bulletin boards.  I added Christmas cards from the cheerleaders, the boy’s basketball team, ASB, the Special Ed department gathered around the afore mentioned tree.

The motif on a few of the cards was that of snowflakes….a fairly safe decoration for a high school that resembles the UN during the Peace talks. 
Do you remember cutting out snowflakes from white paper in grade school?  I do.  The teachers would hang them from the ceiling and add them to the bulletin boards….little did I know at the time…3rd graders were free labor. 

Go to Google and type in:  “mini snowflakes” – click on this link: 

You will find hundreds of different snowflakes for your students to cut out. 
The library assistant who helped with this project this year was disappointed when she was finished.  She really had fun discovering what each snowflake would look like like when she was done cutting them out.
I attach the flakes to the board with just one staple so that it sways a bit when someone walks by. 
Makes it look a bit like it’s snowing.   
(My reader in Denver has just uttered the phrase…”HA! you don’t know what snow is!”) 
I just realized that this example looks a little skimpy on the snowflakes…my apologies. 
More photos of the snowflakes next week.

Christmas Bulletin Boards

November 15, 2009


To everyone who is looking for Christmas bulletin board ideas – I see all those Google search item terms…I know you are looking for fresh ideas for the coming month and holiday. 

Let me finish presenting my Bulletin Boards on a Budget at CSLA next weekend, and then I promise to share several Christmas ideas with you!