How to make a bulletin board awning

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I’ve had a ton of people inquire about this cute awning!  An awning is a great way to add impact to boring bulletin boards.

Want to know the secret?

It’s SO easy!

Just use a presentation board

You can find them at any office supply store or on Amazon here.

With some bulletin boards, you can slide the presentation board behind the bulletin board and leave the top fold out (this is your awning).

BUT, some bulletin boards are attached to the wall and you can’t fit it behind.


1.  Staple the presentation board to your empty bulletin board, but make sure you leave a fold exposed at the top for your awning.

2.  Cover your board with construction paper or fadeless paper to hide the presentation board.  Clever, huh?

3.  Next, cut bulletin board paper to cover the exposed awning and glue (I used rubber cement) to cover the cardboard.

4.  Last, trim it out with a cute border from Creative Teaching Press.  I like to use either a scalloped design OR use one of their new pennant banner borders!

Pennant banner borders are PERFECT for awnings!

If you want amazing bulletin boards in your classroom, definitely try an awning over the top!  SO CUTE!

 By Melanie R. of Michigan.

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  1. I have so many of your ideas saved! Still in school but hope to have a room of my own…someday :)

  2. Thank you Melanie! I love the idea of slipping the awning behind the bulletin board.. Definitely going to add this to my room.

  3. daiichi june says:

    i love it!!! it’s cute and very attractive! my children would love it!!!

  4. What size presentation board did you use? Love this idea!

  5. Kathy Peterson says:

    This is going to look so cute as my new helper bulletin board with an ice cream shop theme!
    I can’t wait to get it up!

  6. This is amazing! Thank you for such a wonderful set of directions too!!!
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  7. Rachel Gilford says:

    Very innovative idea for any classroom. This fresh idea is definitely student-friendly and intriguing to all students’ learning environment. KUDOS!!! to you.

  8. Jean garcia says:

    Hi! where can i buy “Pennant banner borders”?
    i love this concept of yours, very creative :)

  9. The posts is very appealing.

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    back again to read through more, tthanks for the advice!

  11. Love it.! Thank you!

  12. Luv your idea. . . I’m switching to Transitional Kinder next year and would like to put these awnings over my dual windows that separate two interiors classrooms. The teacher on the other side has curtains up in her room and I thought these awnings might be great! Hope they work!

  13. Love your idea. Did you use hard pink construction paper or regular bulletin board paper as seen in the back ground?

  14. These are going to be perfect for my “Magic Tree House” themed room!

  15. Wow! Adorable! A trendy,, affordable and refreshing “twist” to a Welcome Back board, Data Display Area or Classroom Jobs display board. Thank you!

  16. Wow! Adorable! A trendy,, affordable and refreshing “twist” to a Welcome Back board, Data Display Area or Classroom Jobs display board. Thank you!

  17. AWESOME! very rarely after teaching almost 30 years is there a really NEW idea. Refreshing

  18. Love this idea but I have a question about it. Does it begin to ‘sag’ after a while? I want to use this idea for a Christmas theme, but I’m sort of standoffish about it sagging. What have y’all used to withstand the natural gravity of the display? Thank you very much!!!

  19. Your room looks fabulous and such a great idea. Thank you.

    Do you have ideas to balance it for the boys, as it looks more feminine focused.

    • Inspired In Style says:

      Hi there! You could definitely make it more friendly to the boys by choosing a different border. Maybe change up the colors or theme!

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