Back to School: 10 Major Life Hacks for DIY Classroom Décor
If you’re a teacher, you’ve been enjoying plenty of “me time” this summer. Who says it has to end when you’re back in the classroom?
Check out 10 ideas for DIY classroom décor that are on budget and on point for the upcoming school year. Make use of affordable online printing to create adorable decorations and school materials that’ll earn you an A+ from your students!
- PHOTO BOOKS & COLORING BOOKS
Booklets make great yearbooks, sports photo books and coloring books.
YEARBOOK – Have each student turn in a picture, story or drawing to share with the class. Leave room for signatures and comments from their classmates.
SPORTS PHOTO BOOK – Snap photos of team games throughout the season, then put together an unforgettable photo book at the end of the year.
COLORING BOOK – For younger students, gather black and white drawings into a coloring book as reading prizes or for some precious quiet time.
- CLASS FOLDER
Custom pocket folders teach basic organization skills. Students can also use the folders to prop up during test taking.
- MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS
Inspire your students to reach their highest potential with motivational posters throughout the classroom. Teach manners, teamwork, self-confidence and countless other valuable lessons to build character.
- CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS
Show your class you care with greeting cards for each student’s birthday. Choose a theme for the year and have everyone sign individual cards at the beginning of each month to surprise the birthday boy or girl on the special day.
- READING RAINBOW
Encourage students to read with collectible themed bookmarks.
BOOK CLUB – Create custom bookmarks for each book on your classroom reading list that students can keep once they’ve finished the final chapter. Include a memorable quote or character from the book to create a keepsake.
READING CONTEST – Host a year-long reading contest. Create a classroom library where students can borrow books and collect bookmarks for each one completed. The student with the most bookmarks at the end of the year wins a grand prize!
- SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Flyers are a great way to keep everyone informed of upcoming dances, games, festivals, awards assemblies and other activities throughout the school year. Hang them in classrooms, hallways, gyms and cafeterias to invite students and teachers.
- GAME DAY TICKETS
Work hard to play hard. Create event tickets for school dances and sports games with custom rack cards that include date, time and location.
- TICK TOCK CALENDAR
A class calendar with themed monthly lessons is a great place to mark major test dates or deadlines for essays and book reports as well as upcoming school holidays, computer lab days and planned field trips.
- EASY A
For teachers, design a personalized self-inking stamp to make grading a breeze. Add a motivational “Good Work” or other positive saying to encourage growth and good grades.
- RAFFLE DRAWING
Print business cards as part of a classroom points system. For each A earned on a homework assignment, quiz or test, that student will receive a business card to write his or her name on the back and enter into a year-end raffle. The more good grades, the more chances to win.
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