Friday, December 5, 2014

Bulletin Board Bonanza!

Subtitle: How to Spend a Lot of Hours Working on Something That Might Turn Out Cute

Yeah, I know,

You've made bulletin boards, right?!
Sometimes they are functional and interactive.

 Some are welcoming and just decorative.

 Then there are the ones that stay up all year, like the Calendar or kid's work. 

there are the ones in the HALL.
The one you are assigned to complete.

Ugh....those are the ones I hate.

So, this year I have the two in the hall down from my lab.

Friends, we are talking about GIANT bulletin boards. Not the little square things or side panels by your white board. I am talking big.

The inside length measurement of the boards is 90 inches.
That's SEVEN feet.

So, I went to the all-knowing, most amazing place ever to find ideas for bulletin boards- PINTEREST.
Yahoo, I found, of course, ten tons of cute boards, including those two pictured above.

Then I found this one:

"Ah Ha!" I said. "I can make that!"

So, first I started with the scientist lady. I needed a lab coat.
Easy, I just used chart paper, drew it free hand, cut it out, and then cut a slit and folded back the jacket lapels. Easy, peasy.

Well, the one in the photo has stuff in her pockets. I decided to make the pockets actually functional and put objects in them. So, I made two beakers and colored them with markers. 
So, I got out the glitter. (And I might add, my custodian was in the room and saw me getting it out, and I caught the frown on her face.....custodians hate glitter.)

Anyway, my glitter beakers turned out fine in the little pockets:
Science Bulletin Board! Here's lady scientist part of my mad scientist board!

Now, for the face. I cut out a head and added some background hair. The eyes were easy, and I made a dimensional triangle nose. But I cannot draw a mouth.
So, I got the lip gloss out of my cabinet that I keep in there just for picture day.
A good coating of that on MY lips and then I just kissed the drawing.
Yep, it made a perfect little mouth. I added some colored pencil to it and here it is:
Science Bulletin Board! Here's lady scientist part of my mad scientist board!

The 3-D hair is just strips of brown paper that I cut and then just stapled in place. I made curlies for around her face.
The hand that you can see was rather empty so I made a hand lens.
You can't tell, but it actually has plastic inserted in the black paper...I'm a little OCD, what can I say?

Then it was time for the pipes. Look back at the original board. The outside edge is a pipe that runs all the way around. It is connected to the static electricity ball and then has a few places where the open pipe is spewing bubbles.
So, I cut strips of yellow paper and made the piping. For the corners I just made it rounded and then I added the open pipes.
Science Bulletin Board! Here's one part of my mad scientist board!

The yellow paper was just entirely too bright, so I coated it with colored chalk and rubbed it lightly with tissues and it now looks a little tarnished. I added pipe fitting connectors in yellow and bright colors.
My favorite thing is the photos. I added six little squares to the pipes and used photos of the kids in the lab. I can change the photos occasionally and leave this board up for a while!
The bubble dots were easy- just cut them free handed and drew around the edges with sharpie to make them cute.

Now for the other bubble spewing pipe. 
First I made it with just bubbles, but it was a little plain, so I added pipe cleaners:
Science Bulletin Board! Here's one part of my mad scientist board!

The easiest part was the static electricity ball. I just cut a circle out of white construction paper and colored it with colored chalk. Then I wiped that down with tissue and just kept doing that until it was the way I liked it. The electric bolts are just zig-zagged purple paper. I added a pipe to connect to the other pipes and it was done.
Science Bulletin Board! Here's one part of my mad scientist board!

Last, it needed a title and I went with "Mad About Science".
My school has a Cricket. You would think having a machine cut out your letters for you would be fast and easy.
Nope, it took me fifteen minutes to remember how to get the word MAD printed. By then, I was mad.
Finally, I had the letters.

Here's the result:

Science Bulletin Board! Here's the finished version of my mad scientist board!

Yeah, well, it's pretty awesome.
But is it four HOURS awesome?
I took the board above down at the end of the year and then re-did it in a new place.
You can see that {HERE}

or here is another post about bulletin boards

Here's a few more for you to see:


  1. I am in love with your bulletin board! I mean it. I have three outside of my room and two are empty... I might try to be a copy cat up here in Wisconsin!

    Renee at the Science School Yard

    1. Hey, I copied it from someone else- modified it to fit my space! Go for it!

  2. That bulletin board looks awesome! Definitely worth the 4 hours in my opinion. I really like the circle one you are doing next too. We don't have hall ways at our school so no boards to do, well except the ones in my room of

    Luv My Kinders

  3. I am soooo doing this! Great job!

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  5. I love this board! I will be doing this to display the best work samples of my students. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Love your board, it is awesome! Can you tell me where you got or how you made your lettering?

    1. The letters on the Mad Science board were made with a Cricket machine using scrap book paper! Thanks for visiting!


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