How to Make an Easy Bulletin Board

Many years ago when I was just beginning teacher training in college I remember being told to start a bulletin board portfolio. We were required to take photographs and create displays of ideas. During my observations and then internship I dutifully took pictures and kept my scrapbook of photos. I don't remember, but I probably got an A on that little assignment.

Truth: That scrapbook did not prepare me for making bulletin boards. Those photos did not teach me how to attach border quickly or how to add doo-dads to make the boards more interesting.

And now here I am in my teaching journey and I still have to make bulletin boards. And to this, I say, "Thank you Pinterest and cute fonts!"

And, thank you to the party section at Target... Keep reading!

Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!

Is This Really Easy? YES!

So, let's make this as easy as possible. In fact, I love lists (as much as I love bulletin boards) so follow my simple steps:

  1. Choose a quote you like. (I have tons of ideas!)
  2. You need a nice background on your board. (I prefer a chalkboard paper because it makes the letters pop.)
  3. Pick your border. (More about that below.)
  4. Print your letters and cut them out. (More about that below and it really does not take long to cut the letters out. I do it while listening to an audiobook!)
  5. Grab some easy to make decor and attach everything to your board! (Target or Hobby Lobby both have so many options in the party departments.)

Choosing Border and Letter Colors


When I first started printing letters and creating bulletin boards like these, I just grabbed my colored cardstock and picked colors I liked. Well, that sometimes works, but I have a better plan for you!

First, choose a border that you like and also one that somewhat fits your theme. For one of my more recent boards, I picked an animal print made of neon colors.

After you have the border chosen, then pick your letter colors. It's so much easier to do this after you have the border! To go with that animal print border I just chose several colors of Astrobrights cardstock.

Science Boards are the BEST!

This board was inspired by some challenges we were completing that involved Newton's Laws of Motion. I picked the green border because I knew I was using a lot of red for the letters and decor.

I made the large apple out of tissue paper. I just cut out the apple shape using about 20 layers of tissue. Then I used a glue stick to randomly glue pieces together. When I opened it a  honey-comb effect was created. No, I didn't invent this- I had already purchased a honey-comb package for another board and just copied it!

Speaking of three-dimensional shapes! If you like those spherical shapes try the party section at Target. You can get so many colors of spheres and other shapes. They are made to make a fully round shape, but for a bulletin board just open them halfway.

Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!


I love this one about Mistakes. I picked the blue border because I knew I was going to use that superhero girl. The pile of spheres in the corner didn't seem to be enough so I made paper fans and attached those, too.
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!


This quote made me focus on the word Magic and what represents that better than a magic wand! So I made one using a large paper star and some ribbon streamers. I had a dowel stick already, but if you don't have one you could just use a roll of paper or some straws.
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!

For this one about Weird Science, I picked the border first and then added the spots as decorations. Super easy to make!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!

DISCLAIMER

Do I make bulletin boards all the time! NOPE! I have nine foot long boards and section them into three small boards. All the samples I am sharing are made on those smaller areas! And I leave them on display for a while! Like more than a month or two...

Our Newest Displays - STEM Boards

Someone recently asked if I had bulletin board templates that were more for STEM than Science. Well, I didn't, but I decided that would be an easy fix! Take a look!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!


The one below is one of my very favorites! I love the quote and it was really simple to make. I used the letter template and just played with the letter sizes on my copier. Once I had the letters in the sizes I thought would work then I just had to arrange the words into a lightbulb shape! I love the way it turned out!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!

This quote is perfect for STEM Class because we do always work together. The quote made me think of how puzzle pieces fit together so that's what I used to decorate the board. The pom-pom garland is another Target find!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!


Of course, I thought about STEM class when I found this quote and making the gear structures was so fun. I made the large gears out of rolls of paper and then added some gear covers to some of those towers. It is a very dimensional board! When I finished it I thought it needed a little something more so I wound yarn around some of the gears to connect them!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!


This is another one that I love! I used the same structures that are on the board above and just made them shorter. They look like dimensional flowers!
Science and STEM Bulletin Boards! Templates for four boards with great ideas for elementary science or STEM displays and projects for classroom teachers. Images are included to customize your boards by printing letters and designing your own displays. Easy and fun ideas to add a science bulletin board to your classroom! Templates include letters and decorative images and ideas for using the set!
Here's another TRUTH: I chose the border and printed the words before I started putting it all together. I later discovered I did not have enough border to go all the way around! So I used paper scraps and made a fringe at the bottom of the board to match the large flowers on top! Win-win!

I hope you love these as much as I loved making them! Both sets are in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Just click on any of the images to view them!




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