101 Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas From Creative Teachers

Welcome them to your classroom in style!

Two back-to-school-bulletin-board ideas including Magical Work Coming Soon board and Couldn't Pick a Sharper Bunch 3D cactus board.

Ready to deck the (school) halls and welcome everyone to your classroom? These back-to-school bulletin board ideas are exactly what you need, including displays created by teachers on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group. There’s something here to match every teacher personality, and lots of them are easy enough for anyone to do. Make this your best back to school ever!

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1. Peek-a-Boo!

Peek-A-Boo bulletin board with names of students on cards that can be flipped up to reveal student photos underneath (Back-to-School Bulletin Boards)

Post a pic of each student under a flap with their name on it to help students learn their classmates’ names and faces. This is geared toward younger kids but could be tweaked for older students too.

Source: @playtolearnps

2. Un-BEE-Lievable Work


Bumble bee themed classroom bulletin board that says, "Un-Bee-Lievable Work!"

This playful bulletin board puts your students’ hard work on display. Here’s where you can get the adorable bee cutouts, 3D butterflies (free download), picket fence boarder, and the 3D sun.

Source: Creative Teaching Press

3. Our Hands

Bulletin board with globe and hands and hears that says: Our hands will leave imprints on this world.

Create a gorgeous and inclusive display in your classroom this year. Help your students understand the impact of their actions on others and how they can spread positivity.

Source: Our Hands Bulletin Board at Fadeless Paper

4. Racing Into a Good Year

Racing Into Kindergarten bulletin board with a road and paper cars

This racing theme works for any elementary grade. Grab those fun car cutouts here.

Source: @kinder_with_rainbows

5. Look Who’s Poppin’

Back to school bulletin board idea that says "look who's popping into first grade" with a huge popcorn container and popcorn pieces flowing out.

Pop into the school year with this delicious-looking board!

Source: Little Fun Little Learning

6. Bright Bunch

We Are a Bright Bunch bulletin board with paper 3-D crayons

Looking for 3D back-to-school bulletin board ideas? These 3D crayons are actually really easy to make using the free template you can get here.

Source: @teach.play.grow

7. Today Is Awesome

Bulletin board with illustrations of students and their names that says: Today is awesome now that you are here.

Students and teachers will stop in their tracks to see this gorgeous board! Each student’s uniqueness really shines through.

Source: Today Is Awesome Bulletin Board at Fadeless Paper

8. Be Hamilton Inspired

Hamilton themed bulletin board featuring Lin Manuel Miranda tweets

Hamilton fan? This back-to-school bulletin board is for you! Print out some of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s inspirational tweets for an easy display.

Source: lock9livin

9. Dive Into Learning

Back-to-school bulletin board with 3-D octopus and fish. Text reads Dive Into Learning.

If you’d rather be under the sea, try this board and invite students to dive into learning.

Source: @clutterfreeclassroom

10. Parent Board

Parent Board bulletin board with school info for parents

Teacher Tip: “I grabbed some of the dry-erase pockets off of Amazon, making it easy to swap in and out materials throughout the year. Another added bonus is that we are able to store multiple flyers in one pocket, making it easily accessible for our families who speak a home language other than English to read and explore our bilingual materials. The pockets also help viewers to easily see the information, and avoids staples, crumpled papers, and is easily readable.”

Source: @twopeasinaprimarypod – Parent Board

11. Pieces of Us

Bulletin board with puzzle pieces describing students

Build a puzzle that shows how your classroom fits together. Find out more about this activity at the link.

Source: Kirsten’s Kaboodle

12. Inspire Others

Bulletin board with yellow border and black and white polka dots that has inspirational words on it.

For a refreshing take on a back-to-school bulletin board, leave it up to your students to fill in the blanks with some inspirational words.

Source: Inspire Others Bulletin Board at Fadeless Paper

13. Spark Joy

What brings you joy? bulletin board idea

Such a simple concept—spell out a word in large letters and have students fill it with their thoughts on that word.

Source: Macy Dawn on Pinterest

14. This Is Your Year To …

Bulletin board reading "This is your year to ..." with cards like "be creative," "be you," "shine," "take risks," etc.

If you’re looking for back-to-school bulletin board ideas that are simple, colorful, and easy to do, this one makes a big impression right off the bat.

Source: @rise.over.run

15. Magical Work Coming Soon

Bulletin board with large signs saying "Magical Work Coming Soon," held to the board by clothespins (Back-to-school bulletin board ideas)

Placeholders for now, but soon they’ll be filled! Glue tacks to the backs of clothespins to make the paper holders.

Source: @teachkidsdrinkcoffee

16. O-Fish-Ally

Sea-themed bulletin board idea that reads "we are o-fish-ally in third grade." fish scattered around the background

How cute are these colorful fish? Write each student’s name on the bubbles for some added personalization.

Source: Little Fun Little Learning

17. This Is Where the Fun Happens

Bulletin board with large paper flowers and word signs reading This Is Where The Fun Happens

You can buy kits to make those large paper flowers, or just simplify things and cut 2D floral shapes out of colorful paper.

Source: @kc_teacher

18. Class Family Is Everything

Back-to-school bulletin board reading "More than a classroom, more than a teacher, more than a student. Class family is everything." Student names are featured on cards in different fonts.

Love this simple black-and-white theme, and choosing a different font for each student’s name is so effective!

Source: @headoverheelsforteaching

19. Superheroes in Training

Superheroes in Training bulletin board with cartoon images of superheroes labeled with kids names

If you can see it, you can be it. Invite kids to visualize themselves as superheroes with these cute caped cutouts.

Source: @kaiti_robinson

20. Go After Your Dreams

Bulletin board with 3D hot air balloons that says: It's a beautiful day to go after your dreams in script writing.

This dreamy lavender board is actually quite simple to make using colorful strands of paper and yarn.

Source: Go After Your Dreams Bulletin Board/Fadeless Paper

21. Welcome to the Flock!

Welcome to the flock bulletin board with flamingoes and large palm leaves (Back-to-School bulletin boards)

This board is easy to do when you buy all the pre-cut pieces from Creative Teaching Press on Amazon.

Source: @simply_sprout

22. Meet the Person …

Bulletin board saying Meet the person responsible for your words, actions, choices, grades, success. Small mirrors appear over each of the list items so kids can see their own reflections.

This is an easy way to spread the message of responsibility. Find inexpensive mirrors at the dollar store or thrift store, and paint the frames in bright colors.

Source: @undercoverclassroom

23. Showcase the Rules

Bulletin board reading Mrs. Hale's Rules, with classroom rules listed on individual pages and brightly colored tassels across the top (Back-to-School Bulletin Boards)

Make your rules board fun with a faux wood background and lots of bright colors.

Source: @sandys.schoolhouse.style

24. #firstday

#firstday bulletin board with the Instagram logo and empty spaces for first day pictures or drawings (Back-to-School Bulletin Boards)

Ready for some artwork or selfies for the first day of school!

Source: @teachingandwhatknott

25. Kindergarten Is Cool

Kindergarten is cool bulletin board with pictures of kids wearing sunglasses

And so is this bulletin board! We love the shades.

Source: @thebeachclassroom

26. 180 Opportunities

180 opportunities

Set the stage for all the incredible experiences to come in the days ahead. Grab this customizable kit on TpT.

Source: @headoverheelsforteaching

27. Share the Social Love

Bulletin board made to look like an Instagram page for a second grade class, with pictures, stats, and more

Even if kids aren’t on social media themselves, they can see the page update in real life!

Source: @heartandwitsbymissritz

28. Like Boom!

Like Boom bulletin board reading We are respectful. We are positive. We believe in ourselves. We seek challenges. We never give up. We are a team. And we are proud. We are 5th grade. (Back-to-school bulletin boards)

Give them something to believe in right from the start.

Source: @bubblyblondeteacher

29. Wanted Posters

You Are Wanted in Room 101 bulletin board, with pictures of students on wanted posters (Back-to-School Bulletin Boards)

Saddle up for a year of rootin’-tootin’ fun with this clever idea.

Source: Welcome to the Uni-Corner

30. Rockin’ Our New Shoes

Rocking in our preschool shoes Pete the cat inspired bulletin board idea

Younger students will adore this Pete the Cat–inspired bulletin board idea. On the first day of school, each student can color the shoe with their name on it.

Source: Practice Makes Progress in Preschool

31. Fill a Bucket

This is such a sweet way to promote kindness in the classroom. You can make your own buckets out of foam, or buy inexpensive metal buckets instead. (Find more bucket filler activities here.)

Source: @mymeanj

32. When You Enter This Classroom …

Bulletin board reading When You Enter This Classroom with cards saying "you are celebrated" and "you are important"

Let kids know that they’ve found a place where they are celebrated, they are accepted, and they are important.

Source: @kirstenskaboodle

33. You Are …

Bulletin board with large word YOU in the middle, with a round mirror forming the O. Signs around it read "are talented," are unique," etc. (Back-to-School bulletin boards)

Find a round mirror at the thrift store, then use it to emphasize that each and every kid is special and belongs in your classroom.

Source: @mrskiswardysclass

34. Guess Who?

Guess Who? bulletin board with student portraits and fact sheets

Have kids draw a self-portrait and share some facts about themselves on the first day of school. Then post them for an easy back-to-school bulletin board!

Source: @2ndgradeinthecity

35. Reading Adventures

Bulletin board showing a map with text "Reading takes you on the Greatest Adventures" (Back-To-School Bulletin Board Ideas)

This is a reading theme, but you could actually use maps throughout the classroom for an easy theme. Need old maps? Hit your local used-book store, thrift store, or just ask friends online.

Source: @reallygoodstuff

36. Rainbow of Possibilities

Bulletin board with paint palette made of paper plates with a different color in teach. Text reads 2019 is a rainbow of possibilities.

If you are an art teacher looking for back-to-school bulletin board ideas, this is such a creative but surprisingly easy bulletin board. Plus, you can switch out the message throughout the year.

Source: @katieplus4

37. Happy Campers

Camper bulletin board for back to school

Bring in all the adventurous vibes to the school year with this camper bulletin board idea. The window planters are our favorite part!

Source: Julie McGill on Pinterest

38. Oh Snap!

Oh snap look who's in kindergarten Snapchat themed bulletin board idea with pictures displayed on the phones

This board is great for the social media–obsessed teacher. Students will love seeing their faces displayed.

Source: MicheLLLe on Pinterest

39. Wonder Wall

Wonder Woman themed bulletin board reading "A new journey to be started. A new promise to be fulfilled. A new page to be written."

Speaking of superheroes, how about this wonderful board?

Source: Jessica W. on Pinterest

40. Paint Sample Popsicles

Colorful bulletin board with a border of paint samples and paper popsicles made of paint samples. Text reads Pop-Pin into Kinder

Yes, this back-to-school bulletin board is made of paint samples. So clever!

Source: @cactiandsunshinecreation

41. Ice Cream Truck

Ice cream truck bulletin board idea popsicles 2nd grade is cool

Keep those summer vibes going with this colorful ice cream truck bulletin board idea!

Source: Riffat Naeem on Pinterest

42. This Year Will Be a Hoot

This year will be a hoot owl themed back to school bulletin board idea

Owl of your students will adore this board!

Source: Julie Hicken on Pinterest

43. Seek and Find

Bulletin board covered in cut-out illustrations of students, with a sign saying "Forget Waldo: Where's Miss Back?"

Have students (and teachers) draw themselves. Then each week post a new person to find.

Source: Art at Three Creeks

44. Game On

Guess Who? is in our class themed back to school bulletin board game night

If you’re looking for interactive back-to-school bulletin board ideas, try this one. Turn the first day into a fun guessing game. Students will love revealing their pictures.

Source: Team Nielson News Stand

45. Pirate’s Treasure

This class is a treasure pirate and treasure chest bulletin board idea

This board is inargggguably super cute! The treasure chest can even hold goodies for you to give to your class.

Source: The Teacher’s Chair

46. Blooming Board

Welcome Back to School bulletin board with 3-D paper flowers. Text reads Let Today Be the Start of Something New.

Colorful 3D flowers and a welcoming message in a lovely font make this board a pleasure to look at. Learn how to make the flowers at the link.

Source: Art, Craft & Bulletin Board Ideas by Manisha

47. Sudoku Interactive Board

Interactive bulletin board with playable Sudoku game (Back-to-School Bulletin Boards)

If you’re a teacher who likes to dive right in with curriculum, this is the board for you.

Source: @activityaftermath

48. Soar to New Heights

Watch Us Soar!! bulletin board with wings made of individual crafted feathers

What a gorgeous bulletin board! Students will love taking selfies in front of these beautiful wings. It’ll get them started off to have a great year.

Source: @twopeasinaprimarypod – Watch Us Soar!

49. Hungry for Learning

Hungry for learning very hungry caterpillar back to school bulletin board idea

Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar makes this bulletin board idea pop!

Source: Annaliza Villarosa on Pinterest

50. LEGO Building

Building an awesome year LEGO themed bulletin board with LEGO people on top of the buildings

For LEGO-obsessed classes, this board will definitely build excitement!

Source: Mrs. O Knows

51. Hunger Games Board

Hunger Games themed bulletin board welcoming kids back to school. Text reads "Welcome Back 3 North, the Wing on Fire. May the odds be ever in your favor this semester!"

This board was originally created for a dorm, but wouldn’t it be great in an English classroom?

Source: Celia F. on Pinterest

52. Rockin’ School Year

Pete the Cat says have a rockin school year. What was your favorite summer read? Back to school bulletin board

Pete the Cat may be the coolest bus driver ever. Students will love seeing him welcome them to school!

Source: Librarian Chica on Pinterest

53. A Llama Welcome

Bulletin board featuring a llama's head and potted plants. Text reads Llama Just Say Welcome!

Llamas are just as trendy as ever, and cute to boot!

Source: @evasresourcecorner

54. Tweety Birds

We are a class to tweet about birds twitter bulletin board

How cute are these tweety birds? Decorate your classroom door to make your classroom even more inviting.

Source: Kay Park on Pinterest

55. Practically Perfect

Kindergarten is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious bulletin board, with silhouette of Mary Poppins and kids names on umbrellas

That Mary Poppins silhouette makes this board as sweet as a spoonful of sugar.

Source: Creativity to the Core

56. Welcome to School

Welcome room 8 bulletin board woodland creatures

Nothing is more welcoming than some adorable woodland creatures. Make these using different-colored poster board paper.

Source: Kayla Rodriguez on Pinterest

57. Bustin’ Into School

Need back-to-school bulletin board ideas to keep track of bus numbers? This simple board will definitely keep you organized and put smiles on all your students’ faces.

Source: First Grade Blue Skies

58. Chew It Over

Bulletin Board featuring a large gumball machine with student names written on the gumballs. Text reads We are going to have a ball in first grade! (Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas)

You may not allow gum in the classroom, but you’ll want to make an exception for this charming board!

Source: Doodle Bugs Teaching

59. Butterfly Tree

Your wings already exist all you have to do is fly butterfly tree classroom door decoration

This gorgeous door may take some time to make, but it’s worth it! Don’t be afraid to play around with the colors to match your classroom theme.

Source: The Printed Society on Instagram

60. Ladybug Love

Ladybug bulletin board with student names on spots. Text reads "Look Who's Been Spotted in Kindergarten"

Seeing spots can be a good thing, as this adorable ladybug board proves!

Source: Melissa W. on Pinterest

61. Mighty Trees

Tiny seeds grow mighty trees apples bulletin board back to school

Put your Cricut machine to good use with this adorable bulletin board idea! Students will love making their own apples.

Source: Apples and ABC’s on Instagram 

62. Attitude Is the Mind’s Paintbrush

Attitude is the mind's paintbrush it can color any situation. Paintbrush and paint bulletin board

A great message displayed on a super-creative board. Give this one a try to brighten up any classroom.

Source: Fun in Fourth

63. A Board With a Twist

Twister board turned into a bulletin board, with kids names on handprints and footprints. Text reads Start off on the RIGHT foot, 4th grade!

This playful board was part of a board-game classroom theme, but it could stand on its own just fine. Find paper handprints and footprints here.

Source: Mrs. Shininger’s Blog

64. All Are Welcome

All are welcome inclusive bulletin board for first day of school

Inclusivity rocks, and so does this board! What a great way to start off the year.

Source: Amy Jones on Instagram

65. Kickin’ It

Kickin’ It In Your Grade bulletin board

If you have a sporty theme for your classroom, this board is perfect! Kick off the year on the right foot.

Source: 4th Grade Flair on Instagram

66. Future Leaders

In this classroom we think like... glasses future leaders bulletin board idea

Encourage kids to see their bright futures!

Source: Crafty Ms. G on Instagram

67. Reading Colors Your World

Reading colors your world crayons markers coloring bulletin board

Back to school means opening up fresh boxes of crayons and markers. This board has some cute smiling ones!

Source: Three for Me on Instagram

68. Magical Year

Harry Potter themed bulletin board back to school

For all those Harry Potter–obsessed teachers, this board is perfect! Put some Hogwarts inspiration in your classroom to make it extra magical.

Source: The School Counselor Life

69. A Minion Reasons

A Minion reasons to love school minion despicable me themed bulletin board

Turn your classroom into some cute yellow Minions! Younger kiddos will love this one.

Source: Best Life Mistake

70. Hungry Learners

Our school of hungry learners finding nemo and friends under the sea bulletin board idea

Nemo and his friends are hungry to learn!

Source: The Crafty Queen on Pinterest

71. Donut Board

Donut you love Pre-K? Sprinkles pink background bulletin board

Sprinkle some love onto this sweet board!

Source: Craftee Miss Bee on Instagram

72. Be a Pineapple

Be a pineapple bulletin board

Who knew pineapples had such great advice?!

Source: Cat on Pinterest

73. The Sharpest Bunch

Bulletin board showing cactus made from tissue paper and paper cutouts. Text reads "couldn't pick a sharper bunch."

Angela G. made cacti from tissue paper flowers for this back-to-school board. Add these cacti cutouts to complete the scene.

74. Libraries Love You Too

Bulletin board with pictures of books and book characters. Text reads "Welcome back! The books missed you!"

Even the library books (and librarians) can get in on the act!

Source: @twolibrarians

75. Picture Yourself

Bulletin board with paper cameras and space for student pictures (Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas)

Have students draw their own selfies or snap them with your camera. Either way, this bright board by will be a hit!

Source: Differentiated Kindergarten

76. A Latte Learning

A latte learning happens here coffee latte bulletin board

Back to school means all the best parts of fall are back! Lattes and leaves make us very happy.

Source: Apples and ABC’s on Instagram

77. Nuts About Learning

We are nuts about learning tree and acorns bulletin board

These smiling acorns are sure to brighten up any classroom!

Source: Bulletin Board Ideas

78. Swim Together

We may all be different fish, but in this school we swim together. Fish under the sea themed bulletin board

Every student is unique; remind them of that on this cute board!

Source: Kriista Littleton on Pinterest

79. Who Am I?

Can You Figure Us Out bulletin board with drawings and flip facts of kids to guess.

Students will get to know each other in no time flat when you post this board with self-portraits and identifying clues.

Source: The Thinker Builder

80. Our Flock Rocks

Our flock rocks birds and a blue sky clouds background back to school bulletin board

Write each of your students’ names on the birds to really personalize this board. A simple cloud background ties it all together.

Source: Sunny Days in Second Grade

81. Dino-Mite

We're dino-mite dinosaur themed bulletin board

Younger students will adore this colorful dino-mite board.

Source: Bulletin Board Ideas

82. Buzzing With Excitement

We're buzzing with excitement that you're here bee themed bulletin board idea

Show the love for all your students as they come back to school. They won’t be able to bee-lieve how cute the classroom looks!

Source: Jan Mc on Pinterest

83. Keys to Success

Keys to success bulletin board idea

Show your class all the ways they can succeed with this super simple and cute board.

Source: Robin Bowman Thoma on Pinterest

84. Dream It

If you can dream it, do it. What's your dream? Clouds and blue sky background bulletin board idea

Interactive boards allow your students to feel included even on the very first day. Make those dreams a reality!

Source: Holly Steffl on Pinterest

85. Smiles Board

Be the reason someone smiles today colorful bulletin board

Encouraging kindness at the beginning of the year is always a good idea. This board will be an effective reminder in any classroom!

Source: Print Designs by Kris on Pinterest

86. Change Your Mind

Change your words change your mind inspirational bulletin board for back to school

Turn that negative self-talk into something positive! Perfect for students who need a little encouragement.

Source: Trista Ziegelmann on Pinterest

87. Imagination Station

Where did your imagination take you this summer? Book themed bulletin board

Encourage students to talk about their summer reading with this imaginative bulletin board idea.

Source: Busy Kids Happy Mom

88. Back to the Books

Back to the books library bulletin board back to school

Back to school means back to the books! This board is perfect for an ELA teacher or a librarian.

Source: Life in the Library

89. Adventure Begins

The adventure begins construction themed bulletin board

Get your students on the road to learning. Perfect for any teacher who wants a simple but adorable bulletin board idea.

Source: Continually Learning

90. Kinder Stars

Bulletin board with twinkle lights and star cutouts featuring student names. Text reads Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I wished for you and here you are. Welcome Kinderstars!

Watch little faces light up when you welcome them to your classroom with this shining idea.

Source: Miss Wells Kinder Stars

91. Falling Back to School

Falling back to school tree with colorful leaves and school bus bulletin board first day of school

Keep it simple with this fall board. Add in any fall-themed elements to really make it pop.

Source: Tammenoksa

92. Sharpen Your Minds

Sharpen your minds pencil bulletin board

If you lack artistic abilities, try out this board using pencils as the letters. It’s No. 1 in our book!

Source: Ewehooo

93. Books Are Like Texts

Books are like really long text messages texting themed bulletin board

How hilarious is this board? Perfect for texting-obsessed students (and teachers).

Source: Mepham High School Library

94. Lights, Camera, Learn

Lights camera learn meet our cast movie themed back to school bulletin board

Introduce your class with this movie theater bulletin board idea. So creative!

Source: Life in the Library

95. The Sky Is the Limit

The sky is the limit in class 129 hot air balloon blue sky and clouds bulletin board

Up and away! These paper lantern hot-air balloons will definitely raise spirits in your classroom.

Source: The Classroom Key

96. Mirror Mirror

Bulletin board with mirrors made from aluminum foil. Text reads "Mirror mirror on the Wall. BSLK is best of all. Look who is ready for kindergarten!"

A little aluminum foil makes this board a perfect reflection of exciting things to come.

Source: Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

97. Everyone Matters

Everyone matters polka dot bulletin board idea

Remind students and faculty that everyone matters with this back-to-school bulletin board idea. Add some colorful polka dots and you’re set!

Source: The Teacher With a Ponytail

98. All About Me

All about me drawings of faces bulletin board back to school

Your whole class will turn into artists with these adorable self portraits. Have them add some fun facts so every student gets to know one another.

Source: Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits

99. Learn Together

No matter where it happens we will learn great things together simple bulletin board for back to school

Such a sweet sentiment for a first day of school bulletin board. We are all in this together!

Source: Teach All the Things on Instagram

100. First Day Excitement

We love having you back hand throwing colorful hearts back to school bulletin board idea

Celebrate your students being back in the classroom! Add some cute colorful hearts.

Source: AOL on Pinterest

101. Future World Changers

Future world changers pictures of students with colorful frames bulletin board

Your students are going to change the world, why not celebrate it? Students will love seeing themselves displayed!

Source: The Bender Bunch on Instagram

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