My previous post centered around creating the Community Corner and today I would like to share some of the themes I have used. The kids look forward to the first day of the month because they know I will have made something cool and personalized!
I made a promise to you, my readers, that I would keep things real here and the reality of this post is: I have lost some of the pictures I had of my finished bulletin boards. I have no idea where they are since I had been saving them directly into my blog photos file. It happens. But to be honest, the ones I lost weren’t my best work! I was just starting out and the more I do it, the better and more in depth they get. I did make a really awesome one with hot air balloons that I no longer have a picture of and that makes me sad, but I guarantee you I will make a better one! I already have an idea in mind!
So what follows is what I do have. I hope you will find inspiration to do something similar in your own home.
I am going to attach the templates I used as well. I tend to be a perfectionist, so when I made the rainbow for the March board, I cut out the entire shape and traced it onto a piece of construction paper and then proceeded to cut out each stripe from the template and trace it onto the corresponding color. I glued each color on individually. I did the same thing for the leprechaun! Even the gold buckle and the black center is cut out separately. A lot of people would probably use some fancy machine, like a Cricut, to do this. I don’t have the money for one of those and I like to use what I have. Crafting tends to be therapeutic for me anyway. There’s something amazing about that crunch construction paper makes when cut by sharp scissors! Yes, I have special craft scissors and I better not catch anyone using them for ANYTHING else!
If you would like to use one of the templates I have included, you will need to open up the gallery by clicking on it, next you will need to right click on the image, and choose to save it. Depending on the size of the space you will be using, you may need to enlarge/reduce the size.
I will add new months as they come and repost!
March’s Luck O’ the Irish. To make these letters I used the template included in this post.
Our leprachaun. I used glittery craft foam to make the coins.
February’s Love’s in the Air
This is how I use the template to cut out the individual pieces.
November’s Gobble. I used some letter templates that I picked up at Wal Mart in the stationary section.
October’s BOO! I Googled funny names to write on the headstones, like I.B. Dead and then wrote dates on them from long ago. The kids got a huge kick out of this!
September’s Back 2 School. I had to use two copies of the bus template in order to make it long enough for my words. I hate text speak so making a number 2 rather than ‘to’ just about killed me, but I didn’t want to make the bus any longer.
Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
4 leaf clover
I used these hearts along with other heart shapes I had to create the leaves for the tree.
I have used this template for various months. It has come in quite handy!
I used orange, yellow, red, and some green to make leaves for the months of September, October, and November. I told you that tree came in handy!
The turkey template. For the pilgrim hat and head dress, I pretty much just did it by eye, without a template.
Headstone templates. I thought it was cool to use different color paper for each. I might try experiementing with textures and other tricks to make them look old next year.
I used the smallest bat toward the top right of the moon and the medium one on the bottom left to create an allusion that they are flying at you. I used a sort of yellowish-white paper to create the moon.
Let’s get on the bus!
Apple template. I made two, one for each kid, and wrote their name and grade on them.
I used these letter templates for the February and March boards. I really like the way they look so I am definitely going to use them again!