I am enjoying my summer break, but I am also thinking about my classroom. I am not quite ready to start mulling over curriculum because I am having way too much fun planning how to redecorate my classroom on a budget. I want to keep my black and white with pink accents color scheme but I want to update my walls and other decorations and I have a ton of ideas for DIY decorating my classroom on a budget.
How to Get a Big Bang for your Buck
About four years ago, I wanted a way to add interest to boring bulletin boards around the room. I was tired of using the paper the school provides, as it fades rather quickly and looks awful when you rearrange your walls, as you can see the faded spots. I decided to try fancy wrapping paper to add some interest to the walls. I wasn’t sure how it would hold up, but four years later I am still using it! I use the heavy paper with the grid lines on the back. This adorable pattern is available at Amazon. Wrapping paper doesn’t fade so you can rearrange the content on your walls anytime. If you have to take down your walls for summer cleaning, you can just carefully roll up the paper and use it again the in the fall (I have done that three times already with the same pieces of paper).
Another great inexpensive decoration that has held up surprisingly well is decorative Contact paper. I inherited some old metal bookcases and file cabinets that were pretty well worn. I wanted to camouflage the scrapes and scribbles and decided to try to cover the unsightly surfaces with contact paper! Again, four years later I have the same the contact paper covering my bookcases. I picked up this roll at Target for $5.99 for a 20-foot roll, as I want to change it up a little. I also use this to cover the metal surface of my teacher desk. I wish I had some pictures to share, but alas it’s summer vacation, and even if I could get into my classroom it is totally torn apart and bare! I plan to change the covering on my desk to this new paper. I trim it out with these magnetic borders.
Time for DIY Decorating with the Cricut
Lately, I have seen the flag banners and rosettes all over Pinterest. I decided I wanted to do that for at least one wall. I teach English language arts, and this year I am focusing on the Question-Answer Relationship reading comprehension strategy so I am creating a wall just for that. I created the triangular flag in Cricut Design Space by attaching the hexagon and triangle shapes. You can get my design here. I found the most perfect pad of black and white scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby on sale for $7.50. I found the directions for making the rosettes here. I made the center pink dots with the Cricut.
Stylish Organization is a Must
Another trend I found on Pinterest was the tool chest decorated to hold classroom supplies. I found this perfectly pink one at Amazon. As I mentioned before once or twice, I am cheap. So I kept the scraps from the flags and used those pieces of paper for the background for the labels. You can grab my labels here. After attaching the pink labels to the rectangular pieces of scrapbook paper and “laminated” them with packing tap then attached them to the drawer fronts with two-sided tape.
I have made some fun posters and binder covers, but those will have to wait for another day. Hope you can use and enjoy these ideas!
***Update to post***
A few days finishing the tool chest, I got the idea to cover the top and sides with the contact paper. I was very pleased with the finished product!
While cleaning out the closet in the office, I found some plain white magazine holders I had picked up a few months ago at Ikea. I love Ikea! Five of these for $1.99 you can beat that! If you are like me, and you leve 3 hours from the nearest Ikea, you can order some on Amazon. I dressed them up with some washi tape. I got mine at Michaels, but you can grab some at Amazon for cheaper.
I thought I would post some pictures of my finished classroom.
I found the tissue paper flowers at Dollar Tree a pack of two for $1.00.