Ideas for elementary school door decoration

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Ideas for elementary school door decoration
Create a classroom door display that welcomes students. ("back to school" background image by Stasys Eidiejus from

Elementary school classroom doors offer space to display greetings, information and student work. Choose colourful, inviting displays with appealing themes for a distinct door design. Change the design regularly to keep students and passersby interested. .

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Student Work

The classroom door provides an ideal location to display student work. Students feel pride when their best work is displayed. Choose a seasonal art project or a writing assignment from a language arts or English class. Frames made from construction paper work well to accent art and writing projects. If the students projects you want to display are larger than the door space will allow, take photographs of students next to their projects and display the photographs.

School Bus

Decorate the classroom door to resemble the door of a school bus. This decoration idea requires extra wall space on either side of the classroom door. Cover the door in yellow paper. Use black or white paper to create the windows. Cut out the rest of the bus shape from yellow paper and attach it to the wall around the door. The bus cutout will be large to accommodate the classroom door within it. Add the teacher's name on the side of the bus where a school district's name would typically be printed.


Decorate the door to resemble a door to a house. The design of the house is customisable depending on the time of year or topics being covered in class. Around the holidays, make the house look like a gingerbread house. Near Halloween, decorate it to look like a haunted house. A log cabin design complements a history unit. Cut the basic house shape out of paper and tape it to the wall around the door. Add more accents to the house cutout using construction paper and other craft supplies.

Character Education

Display words that describe good character and citizenship traits if character education is part of the curriculum. Character education focuses on morals and values such as responsibility, trust, compassion, gratitude, truthfulness and caring. Post the words for the different values along with a brief description. Take photos of students demonstrating the character traits and add the photos to the door display. Another option is to have the kids write their own definitions for the values or cite an example of a classmate who exhibited one or more of the values.

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