School Project Decorating Ideas

It doesn’t have to be expensive, elaborate or difficult, but decorations do have to engage the little ones who walk past them every day. School project decorating ideas are abundant on teacher sites, so much so that it can feel overwhelming when sitting down to create a design that will please the eye and enthuse those who gaze upon the creation. Sitting down and writing a list of project decoration ideas, designs for a project and paper border ideas can lead to an inspired and creative school bulletin board.

1 The Big Idea

A well-crafted bulletin board can motivate the kids who camp out under it for learning day in and day out. It can comfort, encourage and infuse creativity to curious children. Consider the colors when focusing on an idea. Dark shades will drink up any natural light and light colors can get lost in a busy room. Blue and green give a sense of calm and comfort while red and orange can add angst to a chaotic classroom. Consider the school’s mascot for a building block for your bulletin board or add helpful animals or insects that double as cheerful puns, such as bees or owls. It’s a hoot to bee helpful! Glitter, photographs and bulky matting can also add a bit of pop to an otherwise plain project.

2 Make It Pop

It’s a mistake to consider the school project idea to be a flat art installation. Use every day items such as breakfast trays, wooden boxes, glass jar lids, beads and other household objects to put an interesting spin on what would otherwise be a simple design. Use the items in unusual ways such as strung together to create a 3-D banner or placed in such a way as to appear to float from the top of the bulletin board. Foster the imagination of the students by building on the plain paper background and having the school project seem to tumble out of its confines with unexpected items. Page decoration can get little hands involved in big project decoration ideas.

3 Paper Border Ideas

Think outside the border for paper border ideas that will frame the school project in a unique way. Consider using tissue paper rolled into ropes or fluffed out to create a lush lawn effect or puffy rainbow. Use prepackaged images, from ladybugs to race cars, to trim the border and create an uneven line that draws the eye to the project. Crepe paper holds a lot of potential. Cinch up crepe paper streamers for a ruffled effect or layer them in wide loops for a bubbled effect. Butcher paper is great for backgrounds, but it can also double as realistic looking rope or tree trunks when twisted and knotted together.

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