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Bulletin Board Ideas for Teenagers

by Flora Richards-Gustafson, studioD

Bulletin boards make a convenient information and memory hub for teens. During the teen years, a young person is in the midst of forming and expressing his own identity while learning to manage new responsibilities. Making a bulletin board for a teen provides a space for self-expression and friendly reminders. When making a bulletin board, consider the teen’s needs and artistic tastes.

Magnetic Bulletin Board

Magnetic bulletin boards are simple to make from any magnetic surface. If a teen is an aspiring chef, make a magnetic bulletin board from a cookie sheet. Drill a hole in each corner of the cookie sheet. Then hold the cookie sheet up to the wall and trace the drilled holes to indicate their location. Use screws to secure the cookie sheet to the wall. Alternatively, make a magnetic bulletin board by cutting a piece of sheet metal and hardboard so they fit into a snap-together picture frame. To write reminders on the bulletin board, paint part or all of the metal with dry-erase paint.

Covered Corkboard

To dress up a traditional cork board, purchase wrapping paper or fabric that matches a teen’s room or comes in a pattern that she likes. Remove the cork board from its frame and trace its shape onto the wrong side of the fabric or paper. Cut the fabric or paper an extra 2 inches away from the original shape that you traced. Apply a coat of spray adhesive over the cork board, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Work outside or in a well-ventilated shop, and wear a protective mask and safety goggles as you spray the adhesive. Place the decorative paper or fabric on the sticky cork board and use your hands to smooth out any air bubbles. Flip the cork board over and secure the excess fabric or paper to the back of the board using strong double-sided tape. Place the covered cork board back into its original frame.

Monogrammed Bulletin Board

Purchase a fancy or magnetic picture frame or a framed mirror. Remove the glass from the frame and trace its shape onto a sheet of cork. Using craft paint, paint the cork in your teen’s favorite color. After the paint dries, find the center of the cut cork and use a stencil to draw the teen’s first initial onto it. To make the letter stand out, use a contrasting color of paint. If you paint the background dark navy blue, use silver paint for the letter. Allow the paint to dry. Secure the cut sheet of cork to the frame with industrial glue. Use the same glue to secure the back of the frame to the back of the cork. Let the glue completely dry before hanging and using the bulletin board.

Bulletin Board Made from Recycled Paper

Use old books, phone books and recycled paper to make a unique bulletin board. Cut the pieces of paper so they measure 1-by-6 inches. Tightly stack the paper 2 inches high, as if you’re making a book that’s 6 inches tall, 1 inch wide and 2 inches deep. Place the paper in a book press or a couple vises, leaving a 6-by-2-inch edge exposed. Apply book binding glue to the exposed edge of the stacked paper. Then place a 3-by-6-inch piece of open-weave cotton fabric over the exposed edge of the paper while the glue is still wet. Use clamps to hold the strips of paper in place as the glue dries. Arrange the glued stacks of paper into a wooden box that’s 2-by-3 feet and a ½-inch deep. Keep the strips of papers cloth side down so they form 1-foot blocks. After creating an arrangement that you like, secure the paper into the box using industrial-strength glue. Allow the glue to dry before hanging the bulletin board onto the wall. Because you stacked the papers tightly, they’ll hold small notes that you slip between them as well as thumb tacks.

About the Author

Flora Richards-Gustafson has been writing professionally since 2003. She creates copy for websites, marketing materials and printed publications. Richards-Gustafson specializes in SEO and writing about small-business strategies, health and beauty, interior design, emergency preparedness and education. Richards-Gustafson received a Bachelor of Arts from George Fox University in 2003 and was recognized by Cambridge's "Who's Who" in 2009 as a leading woman entrepreneur.

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