Displaying Student Work

This year I've been trying to focus more on displaying my students' work in different ways.  I tried this idea out a while back but it never felt quite right in my room.  And because I wasn't crazy about the way it looked, I didn't use it very often to display my kids' work.  This year I had an idea to try to stick to just two colors for a more cohesive and elegant look.  I think I succeeded :)

This is the display I created:
I shared this before but I received many questions about the way I put this together and wanted to explain how I did it.

  1. You will first of all need to find a scrapbook pad that you like.  This one is from JoAnn's.  I wanted to stick with just one scrapbook pad because all the colors in it are meant to match.  That will save you tons of time so that you don't have to coordinate every sheet.  (If you use thin paper, you will want to laminate before hand. I didn't need to because this paper was thick enough to use on it's own.)
  2. Arrange each sheet on your bulletin board that way you want it.  I recommend using push pins before you staple.  Sounds like such simple advice but I learned this from a mentor teacher and I always do this before I staple anything down.  This will give you a chance to move things around to get the colors the way you want them.  I tried to alternate between a dark sheet and a light sheet. 
  3. Make some bows!  This display used 20 bows.  This took three rolls of ribbon!  The ribbon measured about 1.5 inches wide. 

When I first tried this display years back, I didn't use bows.  I was surprised to see what a huge difference they made to the display.  It added some color without it being overwhelming.  This ribbon is also from JoAnn's.

4.  Hot glue the ribbons onto your clothespins.  
5. Clip the clothespins onto your scrapbook paper.  I didn't glue the clothespins onto the paper because it adds a lot of bulk and may rip the paper.  By not gluing them down, you can also move the clips around if needed. 

The beauty of this display is that it looks great even when nothing is being displayed.  I put some student samples up this past week and the bows really help to showcase my students' work.  My kids love this wall too!

That's it!  By the way, this was not my original idea :)  I have never been able to locate the first person to share this idea.  Have you?  If you have please let me know who this teacher is so I can give her credit ;)

Now make sure to check out everyone's projects for Monday Made It!


  1. Love this idea! It does look VERY cohesive. Brilliant!

    Crofts' Classroom

  2. Love, love, love this! I'm really into using black with pops of color. I would love to duplicate this in my classroom. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Oh my gosh, I NEED a bow tying tutorial from you!!! So cute!!!

  4. I love this display. It looks like a masterpiece all on its own.
    My Second Sense

  5. Your display looks great! Thank you for sharing this great way for students to show off their work!

    Fit to be Fourth

  6. So cute and coordinated! I love it - thanks for sharing!
    ~Heather @ Loose Shoelaces

  7. So cute! I love the clean look of the design!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  8. I LOVED this idea so much, I made my own! Check out my blog post! http://anewdayoflearning.blogspot.com/2014/02/masterpiece-display.html
    (I, of course, credited you in the post!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. How did you make the bows?? I love this display board!

  10. I am searching high and low for your paper you used. I love it! Do you know the title of the paper or brand??? Thanks in advance!


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