How to Decorate a Bulletin Board Without Backing Paper

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How to Decorate a Bulletin Board Without Backing Paper

Backing paper is thin solid-coloured paper that is used to cover up bulletin boards, so that the cork board does not show. Using backing paper creates a somewhat boring background. Instead of using backing paper, liven up your bulletin board by using a different material to cover it. Follow these tips to decorate your bulletin board in a new way.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Ribbons
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Newspapers
  • Old shower curtain
  • Old table cloth
  • Wallpaper

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    Cover it with fabric. You can use denim, an old sheet or any fabric you pick out at a fabric store. Teachers especially love to choose school and season-themed fabrics to cover their bulletin boards with. Simply cut the fabric and staple it onto the board just as you would backing paper.

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    Use something washable to decorate your board with. An old vinyl shower curtain or tablecloth works great and can be washed clean of dirt and grime. Again, simply staple it onto the board.

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    Paint the bulletin board. A can of spay paint will cover the cork in no time, and you can choose fun, metallic colours if you want to try something different.

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    Criss-cross the bulletin board with ribbons. Staple them on, or use a dab of hot glue to secure them in place. Then, tuck items under the ribbons.

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    Use a different kind of paper, such as wrapping paper (looks great at Christmas), sheets of music or newspapers rather than backing paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Almost anything other than backing paper can be used to decorate your bulletin board, as long as you can stick pins through it.

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