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If you’re looking for some classroom border ideas, then this post is for you. I’ll show you some creative ways to DIY your borders to make your bulletin boards stand out. Then I’ll show you some other areas in your class beside bulletin boards that you can use borders for. Plus I’ll show you some of the best borders that I’ve found and where to get them.
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Are you the type of teacher that loves to do a little DIY? If so then this next section is for you. I’ll show you some creative ideas to really make your bulletin borders pop.
Ideas in this section include:
This teacher DIYed these amazing rainbow garland borders and you can to. This is the perfect way to really make your displays fun and vibrant. Here is what you do.
Here is a little tutorial from art teacher Kayla Koslow.
Give your classroom a colorful makeover with tissue paper borders! These are easy to make and budget-friendly. All you need is tissue paper of various colors, scissors, and adhesive. Mix and match colors, create patterns, or go for a gradient effect. The possibilities are endless! Check out some inspiration to pull it off below.
This teacher grabbed some tissue from the Dollar Store to make her bulletin board pop. She simply crumbled and stapled it to the border in alternating colors to create this amazing display.
This crafty teacher created this DIY bulletin board border with these steps.
For a touch of elegance, try using ribbon borders! Head to your local craft store and pick up ribbons in different colors, textures, and widths. Measure out the desired length of the border, then cut your ribbons accordingly.
Attach them to the boards using a stapler, tape, or glue. Get creative with your designs—try braiding, twisting, or layering ribbons for a more complex look. Check out some ideas below for unique borders made with ribbons.
To re-create a border like this start with a thick ribbon and bunch it a little and then staple it. Pro tip- purchase a staple gun to make it a lot faster and easier.
For a little extra interest find a ribbon with two different sides. Then bunch and twist the ribbon so that both sides show.
A solid color ribbon border makes the bulletin board really stand out.
Upcycle butcher paper for a low-cost, eco-friendly option! Check out how to pull it off below.
Here’s how you create a butcher paper border:
Streamers are another excellent, low-cost option for DIY classroom borders. Purchase crepe paper streamers in a variety of colors. Attach them to your walls by folding, twisting, or layering them in different ways Check out some streamer inspiration below.
Re-create this pretty border by folding bright colored streamers and stapling or glueing them.
To create a border like this, take streamers or paper and cut slits in it to create a frilly look.
Take stock of the materials that you have in your classroom to create an interesting classroom border.
Here are a few ideas:
Art teacher, Hilary uses colorful origami paper in a pretty pattern to add more color and interest to her display.
Arrange colorful index cards into a visually appealing pattern on the border of your display. You can keep them blank for a minimalist look, or write inspirational quotes, vocabulary words, or formulas on them.
Enhance a reading themed bulletin board by using old book pages to create a unique border. Collect book pages from outdated textbooks, damaged books, yard sales or thrift shops. Check out below how amazing borders look with book pages.
To re-create this look, fold each page into about 1-inch strips. Then pinch the paper in half and staple that to the border.
Read on for the best bulletin board ideas that will really make your displays stand out.
Adding a 3-D element to your borders can make your bulletin board pop and draw attention! Some ideas include creating your own 3-D designs with paper by folding or rolling it. Get creative and make your bulletin board stand out!
Some 3-D elements that work the best to accentuate your bulletin boards are:
Check out all of these ideas and more below.
Check out this awesome bulletin board! Mister Senor had his 8th graders create paper flowers to help decorate his Frida Kahlo bulletin board. I love how the border is part of the art work.
Green paper fans and leaves create a 3-D jungle effect on this fun classroom display.
Bright paper flowers combined with a colorful border really make this bulletin board come to life.
If you’ve been inspired to add a 3-D element to really make your bulletin board pop check out some of my top find below.
This is a fun pack that includes tissue pom poms, a tassel garland, a banner and colorful streamers. Everything you need to add 3-D elements to any school bulletin board.
This garland may be the perfect accent to add a fun little touch to your bulletin board display.
This pretty garland would add some color and texture to your bulletin boards.
Bring a touch of nature into your classroom by incorporating greenery into your border design. Use faux leaves or flowers to create a fresh, vibrant look. Check out how to pull it off below.
Let the nature into your classroom with a pretty greenery border like this.
Here’s another demonstration of how adding greenery to your border can add interest and depth to your display.
It also looks nice to add just a little greenery to the top of your bulletin board.
Add a leaf garland to really make your fall bulletin board come to life.
If you want to add some faux greenery to your bulletin board too then check out where to get the best ones below.
This garland comes in eight pieces that are each seven feet long. This would add that natural touch to your displays.
This may be the perfect addition to your fall bulletin boards. This includes 12 6.9 feet pieces.
I also thought it would look pretty to have a floral garland decorate your border. What do you think? Have you seen any teacher do this?
A black and white border can create a striking contrast against your bulletin board display. You can use stripes, polka dots, or other monochromatic patterns to maintain the black and white theme.
What is great about a black and white border is it will go with any colors that you choose in your bulletin board design so you can leave it up for the entire year. Check out some black and white bulletin board border inspo below.
Here’s a perfect example of how great black and white borders look with a bright colorful bulletin board design. You could leave this border up for the whole school year.
This colorful pastel class reminder bulletin board really pops with the black and white scribble background design.
If you want to incorporate black and white borders into your bulletin board designs, check out my favorites and where to get them below.
These have the imperfect look that I think looks cute.
This includes one roll that is 36 feet by 2.25 inches which makes it easy to use.
Stripes are a great classic. This includes one straight roll that measures 36 feet by 2.25 inches. When you click on the link for this one, you’ll see a large collection of bulletin board borders in different styles and colors.
This is a kit that I created using Canva and it comes with 8 different designs. It’s available on my little Etsy shop. You download print and cut it yourself.
Make your bulletin board stand out with bold and bright colors. You can use rainbow stripes, colorful shapes, or polka dots to create eye-catching borders. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns to achieve a unique and engaging design.
Check out some of my favorite ideas for colorful bulletin board borders below.
This colorful border goes perfectly with the bulletin board theme to welcome a bright year.
Check out where to get my favorite colorful bulletin board borders below.
This rainbow border would brighten up your class display. This border by Schoolgirl style comes in strips of 3 feet by 3 inch and totals 36 feet.
This colorful pom border would add a playful touch to your classroom bulletin boards. It comes in scalloped 3 feet by 3 inches strips to total 39 feet.
This colorful pack may last you from the first day of school to the last. It comes with three rolls that total 99 feet. There are some other designs to choose from.
This straight roll has different sized and color stripes for a playful look. It comes with one large roll that is 65 feet and 3 inches wide.
This is another one that I created and is available on Etsy. It comes with 8 colorful designs. For this one you download, and print and cut yourself.
Add a touch of cuteness to your classroom with adorable animals, characters or flower borders. You can find many options at your local teacher stores or craft store. You could also print clipart and laminate them to create your own custom border.
Younger students are sure to love these fun and playful border ideas! Check out some cute border ideas below.
Daisies add a cute touch to this classroom display board.
If you want some cute and stylish bulletin board borders check out my favorites from Amazon and Etsy below.
This daisy border would work will with a retro or boho classroom theme both of which are in style right now. This comes with strips that are 12.59 inches by 2.36 inches.
Here’s another fun way to add that retro feel to your displays with pretty pastel smileys. It comes with one roll that is about 32 feet and 3 inches wide.
This kit comes with a combo of scalloped edges and straight lines in a variety of cute designs and colors. As an added bonus for the printables kits like this is when your border gets worn you can always print a new border.
If you prefer a more subtle border design, consider using neutral tones. You can use beige, gray, or white to create a clean, minimal look. Below are some beautiful neutral inspirations for you.
If you have a soft calming color scheme in your classroom then a neutral border would work well.
Check out where to get the best neutral borders below.
These borders come in a variety of pretty neutrals and the burlap adds a little texture.
This border keeps with the neutral color scheme but adds a lot of personality and depth with the look of a worn grey wood fence.
This kit is another one that I created that includes 8 printable borders. It comes with different boho designs and patterns in soft colors.
Are you looking for some classroom border ideas to add more interest to your displays? Layering multiple borders can add depth and dimension to your bulletin board. Start with a solid-colored base layer and add a patterned or themed overlay.
This can tie your bulletin board’s content together and create a cohesive look. Experiment with various textures, patterns, and colors to find the perfect combination for your classroom. Check out some inspiration below to pull off the perfect layered bulletin board look.
It looks great to layer in a pattern in black and white with solid colors.
Here’s an example of how you can layer in three different borders with various patterns in the same colors because why stop at just two layers!
Another great way to add more depth to your bulletin boards in addition to the border layering is to layer in a paper garland and some cutouts.
Now let’s check out some ideas for storage, organization and maintaining your bulletin board borders. Plus, I’ll show you some places that borders look great in your classroom besides bulletin boards.
Storing your classroom borders has never been so easy with these simple storage ideas.
To copy this storage idea all you need is command hooks and binder clips. Each command hook can hold four to six border packs. A great place to store these is an unused space in the classroom like the the back of a door or the inside of a closet wall.
To make your classroom borders last longer, consider these maintenance tips:
Besides the typical bulletin boards, don’t hesitate to explore other areas in your classroom where borders can add extra charm:
Check out how to pull off these creative classroom border ideas below.
Have you ever thought of adding a little border to accessorize your desk? Here’s your inspiration.
Adding a positive border to this classroom mirror transforms it into an affirmation station!
For more ideas of how to create an affirmation station in your classroom check out this post… Affirmation Station: Easy How to Guide for Your Classroom
Add some bulletin board paper and borders to classroom cabinets to transform them into mini bulletin boards. This teacher cut her classroom borders in half to fit the small space perfectly.
Consider adding classroom borders to your whiteboards to add some color to your classroom.
Classroom borders look amazing as trim around your windows too!
The last idea I want to leave you with is what to do with those little extra pieces. This teacher created pictures frames with the extras to put pictures of her class on an unused wall. You could also use these to frame student work.
There are plenty of creative ways to make DIY bulletin board borders. Some ideas include using washi tape, fabric strips, or even repurposing old calendars or magazines. You can also cut out shapes from construction paper or use ribbon and string to create unique designs. Get crafty and don’t be afraid to try something new!
To create themed borders, first decide on a theme that resonates with your classroom (e.g., seasons, holidays, or subjects). Then, gather materials related to that theme, like patterned paper, stickers, or cutouts. Design your border using these materials to create a display that complements your classroom decor.
Inspiration for classroom wall decorations can be found everywhere: Pinterest, Instagram, this blog 😊 are all fantastic resources. You could also ask fellow teachers for ideas, as they’re likely to have unique ideas to share.
There are lots of storage solutions that you can use to organize and store your borders including clear plastic zipper bags, labeled file folders, or large storage containers. Arrange your materials by theme, color, or type to make it easy to find and access them when you’re ready to switch out your bulletin board designs.
There are several types of bulletin boards to choose from based on your needs: traditional corkboard, whiteboard, magnetic, or fabric covered. Each type has its pros and cons, so consider factors like ease of use, durability, and versatility when making a decision. Remember, your choice should fit well with your classroom’s overall aesthetic and functionality.
Absolutely! There are many budget-friendly options for updating your bulletin board borders. Consider shopping at discount stores, second-hand shops, or even making your own DIY creations using affordable materials. Also, keep an eye out for sales and seasonal deals, as they can be a great opportunity to stock up on supplies without breaking the bank.
I made this post Pinterest friendly to make it easier for you to save your favorite ideas. Simply click on the picture then the red P and then choose your board.
I hope you found some new classroom border ideas to try out this year. I showed you new ways to add borders to your class, creative ways to make borders and where to get all the best ones. If you enjoyed this post, please give it a share!
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