When I have a teacher hack, I want to share it. I’ve come across some great ideas for classroom decor over the past few years. Some are extremely helpful and others just help make your classroom feel comfortable. Whichever problem you are looking to solve, hopefully some of these ideas can be beneficial to you.
#1 Make Sure you have the right classroom decor tools
Setting up your classroom and maintaining it throughout the year means having the right tools. We all have our favorites, so here are mine:
- These are my favorite scissors. They are sharp and I love that they lock closed for safety. You can find them on Amazon HERE.
- This paper cutter is a life saver. I can’t cut straight lines to save my life, so this is a must in my classroom. HERE is the link.
- If you don’t have a laminator as a teacher, GET ONE! It is so satisfying to watch all of your posters and center materials go through this machine. Grab one HERE. I got mine by putting it on my classroom wishlist. Several parents pitched in to get it for me.
- This is a new one, but I’m in love. The glare spray keeps the light from reflecting off your posters. Grab the spray HERE.
#2 The Dollar Tree Can Inspire Ideas for Classroom Decor
There are so many different classroom decor ideas you can find in the Dollar Tree. You’d be amazed at the cool items you can find walking up and down those aisles.
For example, this Pom Pom Garland can add color to your bulletin board or desk. It’s just tissue paper tied into a ball, but it brightens any room!
Dollar Tree also sells twine or string and mini clothespins. This is one of my favorite ways to display things, specifically decorative banners that I use to decorate my classroom. You can change the banners out by season, making your room festive and fun. You can even use my Boho Bulletin Board Display with the twine and clothespins.
#3 Use the Painter’s Tape Trick For Bulletin Boards
I used to struggle every year to get my bulletin board wording straight. I’d have a coworker stand behind me and tell me whether to move letters up or down until everything was set. It was so time consuming. Then, I found this hack and I have to share! Watch the Tik Tok video below to see how easy it is to use painter’s tape to put your wording up straight the FIRST time. HERE is a link to my Boho Bulletin Board Display that I’m putting up.
#4 Create a Bulletin Board Using Printable Posters
If you can’t find a bulletin board quote or image that you love, just use posters with inspirational quotes or even classroom rules. It’s the easiest bulletin board ever, all you have to do is print and hang. You can even use the dollar tree string or twine and mini clothespins trick to transform it.
A bulletin board display doesn’t have to be super elaborate. I like to make ours fun to look at and motivational. I think the kids enjoy having little messages on the wall that remind them how to keep trying and how amazing they are. You can grab the Rainbow Posters pictured below HERE.
#5 Clear Matte Spray Takes the Glare Off All Your Decor!
This is a new trick I learned this year! Some classrooms I’ve been in have giant windows or big lights that cause glare on our posters around the room. Kids complained that they were difficult to read and I agreed.
This Matte Spray takes the glare off laminated posters, making them easier to read no matter the time of day.
My only suggestion with this hack is that you don’t use it on any posters you want to be able to write on. Dry erase marker will not erase as nicely once this spray is used.
You can use the Rainbow Classroom Decor pictured below by going to the link HERE.
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Looking for more great classroom ideas this school year? Check out my post about Tips for Time Management HERE. You can also read about Classroom Organization Ideas that will change your life HERE.
I hope these 5 tips are helpful to you this year!