New Year Bulletin Board (free pattern!)

My inspiration for a New Year bulletin board. SOURCE: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/632966922605579526/

My inspiration for a New Year bulletin board. SOURCE: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/632966922605579526/

The start of the new year seems like a great time to change out and refresh some of your bulletin boards. Where do you go to find inspiration for bulletin board designs? My “go-to” is Pinterest, but I know there are a growing number of teacher bloggers and Instagram-ers posting creative photos, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to have time to devote for some awesome, inspirational bulletin boards?

Here is one I found on Pinterest that seems easy and can be used in a smaller space, like on a door, or a smaller bulletin board. You could even put it on a window or a wall.

I found the picture on Pinterest, of course :)

Easy right? Well, I made it even easier for you. Click right here to download a PDF with a pattern for all of the shapes and letters you see in the picture.

A few things….

1) If you have color paper or cardstock that fits in your printer, you can print right onto the paper. I made sure to separate the shapes by color to make it simple.

2) If you don’t have the capability to print directly onto your colored paper, you can always print it on white. Then, cutout all the shapes and use them as a stencil to draw on the colored paper. Seems like a lot of work, but really it’s not. And it’s neater than freehand!

3) If you want to enlarge the images for a larger bulletin board, you can change your settings when you go to print it out. Or, if you have a document camera and projector in your classroom, you can always use that to make the images shine onto large pieces of paper that you’ve taped to the wall.

4) You will need to buy some streamers or tissue paper to add on the flames to the rocket and the stars.

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON YOUTUBE to see how I used my pattern to recreate this bulletin board.

STEP 1: Download the free pattern and print it out to use as a stencil.

STEP 1: Download the free pattern and print it out to use as a stencil.

STEP 2: Use the stencil to draw all of the shapes onto card stock (or just print directly onto the card stock, if you can).

STEP 2: Use the stencil to draw all of the shapes onto card stock (or just print directly onto the card stock, if you can).

STEP 3: Use scissors and an Exacto blade to carefully cutout the letters and shapes. It is important to cut them out before you laminate them.

STEP 3: Use scissors and an Exacto blade to carefully cutout the letters and shapes. It is important to cut them out before you laminate them.

STEP 4a: A small desktop pouch laminator is best for tiny pieces.

STEP 4a: A small desktop pouch laminator is best for tiny pieces.

STEP 4b: Laminating makes the bulletin board look more “finished” and will also allow you to save the pieces to use again.

STEP 4b: Laminating makes the bulletin board look more “finished” and will also allow you to save the pieces to use again.

STEP 5: Use scissors and an Exacto blade cut the pieces away from the bigger sheets of lamination film. Make sure to leave about 1/8”-1/4” of laminating film around the edges because the film does not adhere to the paper, it adheres to itself.

STEP 5: Use scissors and an Exacto blade cut the pieces away from the bigger sheets of lamination film. Make sure to leave about 1/8”-1/4” of laminating film around the edges because the film does not adhere to the paper, it adheres to itself.

STEP 7: Layout your design on a flat surface before you being attaching the pieces to the bulletin board, so that you can get an idea about how it will fit into the space.

STEP 7: Layout your design on a flat surface before you being attaching the pieces to the bulletin board, so that you can get an idea about how it will fit into the space.

It took a few hours to print, cut, and laminate (and cut again) all of the pieces. If I had parent helpers, this would be a good part to delegate. As far as putting up the bulletin board, that all depends how finicky you are about measuring and getting everything perfectly placed. I’m not a stickler for that kind of thing, so it took me less than 45 minutes to put it together.

I hope this helps someone. Let me know in the comments if you used the pattern and how it worked out for you. Also, comment below if there are other patterns you’d like me to make.

~Tina