11 Helpful Bulletin Board Border Trim Tips

Bulletin Board Border Trim Tips

Every teacher needs to know these bulletin board border trim tips. If you want the most bang for your buck, choose a plain border trim that comes in a long roll. Plain colors can be cut and joined seamlessly at the corners of your bulletin board. Border trims with prints and patterns have to be cut and rejoined at the point where the pattern repeats. It looks better if you get it just right but it does cause wastage if the border trim.

If you buy a bundle of assorted rolls, you will have much less of each color than if you were to buy colored rolls individually. The bundle might be a deal that leaves you stuck with an incomplete bulletin board that has a shortage of border trims.

Issues with border trims are one of the teacher pet peeves that can really get on our nerves. Problems like realizing that your border trim is too short to complete your bulletin board and having your border trims constantly falling off the bulletin board are very common occurences for teachers. The bulletin board border trim tips tips below will rescue you from these regular classroom decor mishaps.

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Bulletin Board Border Trim Tips for Teachers

The bulletin board border trim tips below are for situations like running out of border trims, border trims being bent, and border trims falling off your bulletin board.

What to do if you do not have enough border trim for your bulletin board?

border trim tips for if you ran out of border trim for your bulletin board

Have you ever ran out of border trims when you were making a bulletin board. It happens a lot. If your bulletin board is too big for the amount of border trim that you have, do not try to cut your border trim along the middle to make more trim. That can be messy, and it will leave you with strips that are too thin to border anything. Here are six ways for you to still have a completely bordered bulletin board with despite having a short border trim.

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Use larger corner decorations: Add large flowers or large cutouts to the corners and mid edges of the bulletin board first, before you add the border trim, then add the border trim in pieces to fit into the spaces between the decorations.

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Omit the border trim from the top and replace it with a 3D trim: I like to see a 3D border trim along the top of a bulletin board. It can be made up of a row of 3D flowers, or tissue festooning, tassel garlands, tissue paper garlends, or pompom garlands. This is one of the most clever bulletin board border trim tips.

Mix and match with another border trim: If your border trim is too short to cover all sides of your bulletin board, only use it to cover two opposite sides, and leave the other two sides empty until you get another trim. This new trim should match the color theme of your bulletin board. If your original trim had a pattern, the new trim should be of a solod color that matches the main color in the pattern. For example, a green border trim would match a grass cutout border trim.

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Use realistic border trims for nature scene bulletin boards: Every teacher should have plain color border trims as well as cloud border trims and grass border trims. Sky border trims can be white, light blue, or blue with white clouds. They are perfect for the top horizontal edge of the bulletin board to represent the sky. This is great for spring bulletin boards. Fall leaf border trims for Fall are used along the bottom horizontal edge of the bulletin board to represent the leaves on the ground. Green leaf border trims are placed on the sides to represent the leaves in the trees for Spring.

Add an alternative type of DIY border trim: There are other materials, papers, and fabrics that teachers use to make unique bulletin board border trims. These can be mixed in or layered with the border trim that you have. See all the examples of DIY bulletin board border trim alternatives in this blog post.

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Repurpose the short border trim: I got this idea from another teacher online. She bought this bulletin board set that came with a combination of grass border trims and leaf border trims that were altogether too short for her bulletin board. She opted to get a new set of green frill borders but did not want to waste the old sets, so she repurposed grass border trim as decorations on her bulletin board.

She merged them with the flower cutouts to make a flower garden scene. She did this by cutting the grass border trim into sections that were spaced out all over the green background. The flower cutouts were added to them to look like small flowering plants all over the bulletin board. This is one of the most unique bulletin board border trim tips out there.

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What to Do if your Border Trim Arrives Bent?

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Sometimes when you order a bulletin board set or a roll of border trims, it can come bent from shipping, or curled from being in rolled up.

To straighten it, lay it out flat on a table and weigh it down with textbooks overnight to flatten it out.

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What to Do if your Border Trim is Falling Off the Bulletin Board?

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Regular tape and masking tape do not work for bulletin boards at all. I recommend using strong double-sided tape for your border trims to stay up on your bulletin boards. Teachers also like using hot glue instead.

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Bulletin board border trim tips for sticking them on bulletin boards

There are bulletin board strips that are self-adhesive. I do not recommend these becase they do not stick well and they come in short pre-cut srtips.

If you want to avoid using any adhesives, you can switch to using magnetic border trims on your whiteboard. See examples of these in this blog post.

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How to Choose a Good Border Trim

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Choose a thick border trim: When choosing a border trim from a teacher store, make sure that the material is thick and not flimsy. Thinner border trims can warp, bend, or curl up after you stick them up on your bulletin board. This is one of the most important bulletin board border trim tips you should follow.

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Choose a long length that is not cut up into strips: Long rolls of border trims are best because you get to see how much you are getting and they are not pre-cut. The second best are the long strips that come in packs. Each strip is about a yard long or around one meter long.

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More bulletin board border trim tips will be added as I find them. Do you have any border trim pet peeves that really annoy you? If you have, please share about it in the comments and we can figure out a solution together.

You may also be interested in how you can store your bulletin board border trims. I made a list of ideas you can check out in this blog post.

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