The ABC's of Second Grade! D is for {classroom} Decor!

Welcome back to my little blog series.  Make sure to check out my previous posts: A is for Anchor Charts and Austrailia B is for Birthdays and Bathrooms and C is for Conferences! It's been awhile! Oops! 


One of my absolute favorite parts of being a teacher is getting to decorate my classroom! Back when I was student teaching and a supply teacher, I. Could. Not. Wait to decorate my own classroom! I still {love} it each year (but, my poor bank account does not!). 



When I first started teaching, I thought the way to go was to pick a theme. My first couple years teaching I did a {crayon} theme and every decor item in my classroom had a crayon on it. Then, I tried the {Hollywood} theme. It didn't take me long to figure out that switching out themes got REALLY expensive and I got tired of them really quickly! 

So, after I moved to my current school I decided to get rid of the whole theme thing and stick to colors that make me happy (turquoise, black and white). I recently told a first year teacher that I am mentoring that we spend more time in our classrooms than our own homes during the week, so it's important to make your classroom environment inviting and a place that you actually want to spend your time! I'm not saying go out and spend a ton of money, but I think it's important to decorate your classroom and organize it so that you enjoy being there! 

Here are some of my favorite classroom decor items and some of my favorite places to shop!

The first thing I always do to decorate my classroom is cover my bulletin boards with fabric. This is my third year in my current classroom, and I've had the same fabric up the entire time! It hasn't faded at all! So, in my opinion, it's completely worth the extra cost at the beginning! I decided to go with a bright turquoise fabric since it's my favorite color and blue is a calming color- definitely helps with the classroom environment! I got my fabric at JoAnn's, but you could really get it anywhere!


After the fabric is up, I put up the border and the letters for each each bulletin board! 

Right now, I've just got plain white border, but that is changing next year for sure! 

I'm a little obsessed with this chevron and polka-dot border from Teacher Created Resources! Definitely going to use this next year!!

Another easy way to cover a lot of space on a budget is to use wrapping paper! 

I got the black and white chevron wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby! 

For all the letters in my classroom, I just used plain cardstock and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo! Super cheap and super easy! 

6" Aquamarine Blue Paper Lantern16" Paper Lantern Black Chevron


Another favorite in my classroom are these diy {READ} letters that I did last summer! I got letters from JoAnn's and used acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, and mod podge! Easy project and love them with my reading center!


Another diy project this summer were these simple frames from Michaels! I just painted them with acrylic paint and use them to share our class rules and other important things around our classroom! 


I try to do as much in my classroom myself as I can, but sometimes I need my mom's help! She made these awesome pillow covers for me AND made the all the curtains to cover all my bookshelves! 



And, of course I created my own items to match my classroom! These are my Chevron {black and white} Classroom Jobs! 


Make sure to check out the other Chevron Classroom Decor items in my TPT store! 















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  1. Hi! I found your blog through A Bird in Hand Designs and am your newest follower! I also nominated you for the Liebster Award! Stop by my blog to accept your award: Liebster Award Post
    I love your READ letters! Such a crafty idea!

    Best wishes,
    Stacie
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