36 Clever DIY Ways To Decorate Your Classroom

The classroom of your dreams is easy to achieve with a little DIY magic.

1. Mod podge wrapping paper to the front of your filing cabinets.

Contact paper works too.

Make the edging look totally pro with washi tape.

2. Mount board games on the wall and eliminate bulky boxes.

Get more details here.

3. Turn a ladder into an easel.

It can also serve as an extra chalkboard.

4. Make some simple sit-upons for your reading circle.

Get the full directions here.

5. If making sit-upons seems too time consuming, lay down colored placemats or bath rugs.

6. Employ a theme, like this clever Hollywood classroom motif.

See more of the theme here.

7. Simple white circle stickers turns a boring bookcase into something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

8. Create a pencil system with decorated buckets.

Place paper in the bottom to avoid pencil marks.

9. Spell out “NOISE” with foam letters.

Take away a letter each time the noise level gets too high and when there are no letters left, there is NO talking.

10. Use vinyl transfers to make semi-permanent decals for words you don’t want to have to rewrite everyday.

Get more info here.

11. Make some easy Truffula flower pom-poms as ceiling decorations.

Get the directions on how to make these here.

12. Or turn them into a pom-pom tree for a woodland-themed reading area.

13. Make a cute bunting out of burlap.

This one’s from Etsy but you could easily DIY this with paint, burlap, and string.

14. Use ribbon as a bulletin board border.

Learn how to use this ruffling technique here.

15. Use contact paper to jazz up a bookshelf.

16. Use fast food boxes to make a giant keyboard for the tech lab.

17. Paint a wall border with chalkboard paint.

18. Punch stars out of a window blind to create a starry atmosphere for naptime.

19. Tie ribbons to a curtain rod to brighten up a classroom.

It also looks great in a doorway.

20. Stencil a simple, inspirational message above the door.

Or stencil something totally practical.

21. Cut out letters out of fabric and iron them on for a temporary wall decoration.

 

Use Heat-n-Bond and it peels right off! Get the full directions here.

22. Dress up your drawer knobs with fake flowers.

 

23. Wrapping paper covers up a boring metal desk.

24. Print out photos of your students to make their own homework boxes.

It’s a great way to stay organized!

Similarly, you can print out photos and glue them onto binder clips and use them for hanging artwork.

25. Glue fabric flowers to magnets or clips for your springtime bulletin board.

 

26. Thread decorative ribbon through milk crates.

27. Tie ribbons to a hula hoop and hang from the ceiling of your reading area.

28. Use streamers and tissue paper to create a rainbow on the wall.

29. Use tissue paper and fabric starch to make removable window clings.

Get the full directions here.

30. Make a camping themed reading area out of construction paper, a bucket, and toilet paper rolls.

Get more ideas for camping decor here.

31. Use popsicle sticks, tissue paper, and bulletin board borders to make birthday cupcakes.

It’s a great way to keep track of birthdays, as well as being a colorful and fun classroom decoration.

32. Fill jars with magnetic alphabet letters to make adorable desk vases.

33. Decorate a designated “Share Chair” for students to use when sharing writing or other accomplishments.

34. Hang colorful paper lanterns from the ceiling with ribbon.

35. Use the dust jackets from books to make an easy bunting for your library.

36. Use Command hooks to hang curtains — no holes, no mess!

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