Post # 1
I have a bulletin board outside my new room that I am going to post reading strategies, etc, on. I don’t need help with that part…but I wanted to do something creative with the background of the board. It is a typical bulletin board. I was thinking it would be awesome to figure out a way to make part of it a chalkboard. Any ideas for that?? I know there is chalkboard paint…ooh, what if I took some picture frames, and painted the glass, and hung those up?
Post # 3
I think they make chalkboard contact paper, so it would work like a chalkboard but then is removable as well. I saw it when school supplies were out with all the locker organization stuff, but I’m sure that it is sold online.
Post # 4
@peachacid: I work with smaller kids so I would just be careful about hanging any glass that could fall and become a hazard. I know they sell cuts of chalkboard at home depot though… hmm
Post # 5
@chasesgirl: +1! I was thinking chalkboard contact paper, too!
Post # 6
Chalkboard contact paper is easy to use and less messy than paint. You can definitely stick or glue (if needed) to a glass surface (not the bulletin board as it’s not rigid enough to write on). That’s what I did and it works great for me. I use it to teach music notation to kids and it’s lasted about 3 years now.
I used a 20×30 frame, but you can use any size. The contact paper will stick nicely on glass or plexi glass.
Post # 7
Thanks, everyone, for the ideas about chalkboard contact paper. Any other ideas? Just…in general? Chart paper is so boring…
Post # 8
@peachacid: I don’t think the glass will work because chalkboard paint doesn’t work on slick surfaces. I always like burlap as a background! It’s cute and durable and it won’t fade.
Post # 9
I work in a high school and any frames hung in the hallway would get destroyed and/or stolen within days – hopefully your student body is more careful and conscientious than mine! I use patterned fabric on my bulletin boards so it’s not as boring, and fabric is difficult for kids to mess up.
Post # 10
@ms_snugs: +1, I thought the exact same thing.
I know quite a few teachers who use fabric. I ended up just using the paper, but I used a bright paper with a colorful border. But I don’t use my bulletin board for anything eye-catching, so I wasn’t overly worried about making it really pretty.
Post # 11
Yes, I was thinking about the frames or the glass getting broken too. I wouldn’t suggest hanging frames up. I work in a middle school, and I just don’t trust some of our kids. They would vandalize it. I like the idea of the contact paper. Of course, since it’s the Christmas season, you could temporarily put up wrapping paper if you didn’t mind taking it down after December.