Problem:  I love cute and colorful bulletin boards but I don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on them.

Solution:  With the number of hours a teacher spends in his/her classroom, I think it’s so important to have a fresh and aesthetically pleasing classroom environment.  To put some color on the walls, quick, easy, and cheap bulletin board ides are a must!  Here is how to make a 3D flower that will liven up a spring time bulletin board:

1.   First, choose paper to use.  Here I’m using wrapping paper but I’ve also made these flowers with newspaper and tissue paper.  Generally, a lighter weight paper will give you a better 3D effect.

2.  Then cut 4 squares out of your chosen paper.  These are about 12″ x 12″ (they don’t have to be exact, I didn’t measure or use a straight edge).  For bigger flowers cut bigger pieces.  Stack the four squares together.

3.  Next, fold the stack of papers in half, then fold in half again so that you now have a smaller square.

4.  Then cut off the loose corners with a curve-shaped cut.  This forms a circle when the paper is unfolded.

5.  On the curved edge, cut out small triangle shapes.

6.  Now you can open up your folded papers.  Use a few staples or thumb tacks to secure them to your bulletin board in the center.

7.  Separate and bunch the individual papers straight out to create dimension.
Enjoy your finished flower!  You can add a stem and leaves by cutting those elements out of paper or (my favorite) outline a stem and leaves by stretching out string and stapling it into the shape you want.

Here are bulletin boards I’ve made using this technique:

This last one uses the stretch and stapled string for stems and leaves.


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Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.