Bulletin boards for kids

22 August 2023

We’re in the middle of what seems to be an unplanned mini-series right now – if I was savvier, I’d have called it something like “living with kids, simplified” :) I guess the back-to-school spirit is in the air!

In my last post, I mentioned that particularly prized pieces of artwork go on our kids’ bulletin boards. After it went live, I realized I haven’t shown you those bulletin boards! They’re simple, but they’ve been a bit of a missing puzzle piece for us, so I’m happy to share.

Photo by Honeysuckle Collective

A few pain points were resolved in this space. First, pieces of artwork that needed a worthy display found a home. Second, our kids got a spot to customize on the first floor. And finally, we made good use of a previously-empty hallway.

I purchased three of these framed linen bulletin boards (the 20×30″ size) and hung them up in a row. They have the neutral, classic look I was hoping for (gotta let that colorful artwork shine!) and the price is great ($24 each (!!) at the time of this writing, marked down from their usual $60 (which is still a great price!)).

Just so you’re not surprised if you buy one, I’d say the surface is a bit harder than your typical cork, so I do need to help the kids push in the pins at this point.

Each child has free rein to decorate his or her board, and it’s fun to see their personalities come out to play. Shep pins things up with abandon, while June adds things very selectively. June’s board also houses her calendar, where she keeps track of her specials and other relevant information for her life. Annie’s gets additions from me and her siblings :) I appreciate that the bulletin boards are centrally located, but not facing into the main living space, which makes the free-rein-ness easy to grant, ha!

All in all, adding these kids’ bulletin boards was a super-simple project. It did exactly what I was hoping it would – give us an extra display space, and add a little colorful fun to the hallway – for minimal effort and expense. A back-to-school win!

Up next: the final post in this mini-series, on after-school jobs!

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August 22, 2023 5:52 am

Our house oddly doesn’t have any real walls for a buliten board on the main level. I ended up buying pretty wall gold clips from world market and installing them so the kids can swap out their art that way. It’s a smaller scale than a buliten board, but thankfully works. Can you please share where you bought June’s beautiful calendar? Thank you!

August 23, 2023 6:01 am

I’m pretty sure we have this exact bulletin board in our house for displaying Penelope’s daycare art. It’s perfect for stuff like this!

August 23, 2023 6:35 pm

I love bulletin boards! My kids each have one in their rooms and then we added one big one for the whole family in the hallway. An easy-to-swap-home for artwork, invitations, postcards and favorite snapshots. Brings me joy every day!
Also: looove June‘s calendar – I have the same one in our kitchen as a family planner :)

August 25, 2023 7:23 am

I’ve been noodling on something to help with the art for years and hadn’t landed on anything but I think this could work well! I also love incorporating a calendar for tracking specials and other extracurricular activities.

August 27, 2023 8:02 pm

Yay! This is an excellent idea and one I’m definitely going to copy. *adds to cart* I started doing the basket trick for artwork when you told me about it years ago but I see I was using a much too large basket based on the size of yours. I like the idea reducing it every couple of weeks instead of my every 2-3 months. My next kid project is to make some more permanent memory boxes with hanging file folders instead of the open bins that I’m currently using.