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Looking for some new ideas for borders? Try the following. Most of the items below can be cut to the desired width. They can also be coordinated with the backgrounds listed above.

bulletHot glue crayons around the edges of the bulletin board.  Glue the crayons to strips of butcher paper, construction paper, or paper shopping bags.
bulletCut strips from scrapbooking paper with the same theme.  If you use 12 X 12 paper, you can get six 2 inch strips from one sheet of paper.  Laminate for durability.
bulletUse wide ribbon for a colorful border.
bulletGlue movie ticket stubs to strips of construction paper and laminate.
bulletConnect individual sheets from mini-notepads and laminate.
bulletCut strips of newspaper and laminate.  You could also use entire articles if they are cut to the same width.
bulletUse picture postcards. Leave them loose or connect several and laminate.
bulletLaminate strips of fabric that fit your theme.
bulletCut old greeting cards to the same width, connect, and laminate .
bulletUse graphics software or clipart from the Internet to print pictures in columns. Cut the columns to the same width, connect, and laminate. You may wish to back them with construction paper or Bristol board before laminating.
bulletCut wrapping paper into strips and laminate.
bulletSave the covers of discarded paperbacks. Then cut them to the same width, connect them, and laminate them.
bulletSave the pages of discarded books. Cut them to the same width, connect them, and laminate them.
bulletTo create a wide border, put two side by side. It is better to use the same pattern or a solid and a print, rather than two different prints.
bulletCut out different cartoons from the newspaper. Glue them to strips of construction paper and laminate.
bulletUse the pages from desk calendars. You can use them with the dates or cut the dates off. Glue them to strips of construction paper and laminate.
bulletUse miniature posters along the top of the bulletin board. If it is extremely high, use them along the bottom as well. If it is extremely wide, use them along the sides.
bulletUse desk tapes meant for student desks. For example, number lines, alphabets, cursive handwriting guides, or rulers.
bulletUse photographs from previous years. Laminate them for durability.
bulletUse old flash cards that have been laminated.
bulletDon't throw away calendar numbers or cover-ups just because some are lost. Use the old ones for a border on a calendar or math bulletin board.
bulletFor a 3-D effect, use old puzzle pieces. Glue them to strips of construction paper.
bulletPut stickers or postage stamps on strips of construction paper and laminate them.
bulletUse bookmarks as a border for a reading bulletin board.
bulletDo you have some play money left from an old game? Use the bills to create a border.
bulletInstead of throwing away free CDs, turn them over and place them around the edges of the bulletin board.
bulletUse playing cards for a border.  You can use this bulletin board for any type of game, sport, or life in general.


bulletI have been using an idea I got from a friend.  It's different and so
cute!! I call it a "scrunch" technique...for a border. Just cut butcher
paper into strips....however wide you want (usually about 4-5 inches
wide)---then wad up the paper like you're going to throw it away. Next staple it up on the board then scrunch and staple all the way
around. It's a 3-D effect and something different to look at. 

bulletSee a picture of this technique.
bulletSubmitted by Christy Bright


Cheap Bulletin Board Trimmers Jan Brett Borders -- found at Jan Brett's Homepage
Printable Bulletin Board Borders -- found at Preschool Printables Denelian Borders -- found at Alphabet Soup
Printable Bulletin Board Trims -- found at ABC Teach Borders -- found at Printable Pre-K


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