81 Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas from Creative Teachers

Superheroes, Star Wars, s’mores, emojis, and more.

Struggling to figure what your back-to-school theme will be? Well, we asked teachers to submit their best back-to-school bulletin board ideas to Facebook , and we received hundreds of great submissions! Check out some of the best, along with our other favorites from around the web, below and be inspired. Make this your best back-to-school time ever!

1. Coming Soon

Coming Soon Work - Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas

“This is my clipboard wall. It’s so easy to quickly display student work.” —Samantha M.

2. Wanted Posters

Bunting Books

Saddle up for a year of rootin’-tootin’ fun with this clever idea from Bunting, Books, & Bright Ideas.

3. Classroom Goals


All the kids get involved in this one, writing on their individual cactus. Good idea, Amy M.

4. Fill Another Bucket 

SOURCE: Montclair Education Association

This is such a sweet way to promote kindness in the classroom. You can make your own buckets out of foam! 

5. A Warm Welcome 

SOURCE: Kristen’s Kaboodle

A great way to start every day in a positive way. 

6. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

SOURCE: Mrs. Kiswardy’s Class

This one is similar to the idea from above, but it incorporates a mirror. So clever, using ordinary objects! 

7. Guess Who? 

SOURCE: 2nd Grade in the City

You can either gather facts about your students ahead of time or have them help you make this the first week of school. You can also do a staff one, and students will love trying to guess!

8. Map It Out 

SOURCE: Really Good Stuff

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. 

9. Make It Interactive 

SOURCE: Cuties and Cooties

This is one of our favorite interactive bulletin boards because it really encourages kids to get involved. This teachers uses it for display, which changes regularly. 

10. Use All the Colors 

SOURCE: Katie Plus 4

This is such a creative (and big) bulletin board. Plus, you can switch out the message throughout the year. 

11. Away We Go

Away We Go - Back to School Bulletin Board Ideas

Love this adorable design from Kings River-Hardwick Preschool.

12. Reading Is a Superpower

Superpowers Bulletin Board

Reading and superheroes. Yes, please. Thanks, Deirdre T.

13. Wonder Wall

Jessica W Pinterest

Speaking of superheroes, how about this wonderful board from Jessica W. on Pinterest?

14. Paint Sample Geniusness 

SOURCE:  Cacti and Sunshine Creations

Yes, this bulletin board was created from paint samples. We love it so much. So creative. 

15. Chicka Chicka Awesome Room

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bulletin

A nod to a great book. Great idea, Holle B.

16. The Power of Yet

Yet Bulletin Board

This bulletin board shows students it’s okay to be a work in progress. Thanks, Teresa J.

17. Seek and Find 

Art at Three Creeks

Have students (and teachers) draw themselves. Then each week post a new person to find! A really cool idea from Art at Three Creeks.

18. Summer Travels

Summer Travels

“Teachers and students can fill out a paper telling what travels they did this summer. Then I add it to the board and put a piece of yarn from their paper to where they visited.” —Amanda Y.

19. Adventure Begins Here

Adventure Bulletin Board

Nicholas S. is ready for an adventure with his design.

20. Blooming Board

Art Craft and Bulletin Board Ideas

Colorful 3-D flowers and a welcoming message in a lovely font make this board a pleasure to look at. Learn how to make the flowers at Art, Craft, & Bulletin Board Ideas by Manisha.

21. Let the Math Learning Begin

SOURCE: Activity After Math

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

22. Soar to New Heights 

SOURCE: Two Peas in a Primary Pod

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

23. Borrowing from Scrabble

Scrabble Bulletin

“I know I broke a few Scrabble rules, but oh well.” —Anastasia E.

24. Fire It UpSmores Bulletin Board

“This really has the students fired up for fifth grade.” —Jessica C.

25. Hunger Boards

Celia Figueroa Pinterest

This board was originally created by Celia F. for her dorm, but wouldn’t it be great in an English classroom?

26. Marvelous and Magnifico

M&M Bulletin Board

“This was my board from last year, showing all my students. M&M stands for marvelous and magnifico here.” —Ana M.

27. A Llama Welcome 

SOURCE: Eva’s Resource Corner

Is the list really complete without a llama option? We think not! 

28. Ready for a Selfie

Selfie Frame

“This selfie frame is ready to document the important events of this year.” —Stella F.

29. Practically Perfect

Creativity to the Core

That Mary Poppins silhouette makes this board as sweet as a spoonful of sugar. Learn how to make one at Creativity to the Core.

30. Throwing KindnessKindness is Confetti

“Students helped us create the confetti, and we’ve had so many comments about the good message.” —Jeannie W.

31. Be a BookwormBookworm Bulletin Board

“Students fill out a paper telling about their favorite book they read this summer and give it a star rating. I’ll be adding to the board as suggestions come in.” —Amanda Y.

32. Chew It OverDoodle Bugs Teaching

You may not allow gum in the classroom, but you’ll want to make an exception for this charming board by Doodle Bugs Teaching.

33. What Makes You Special?Sunshine Bulletin Board

“For this bulletin board, students created a personality assessment and then a name tag with a list of their I AM statements. It gives students ownership of the room right away.” —Candace R.

34. Like Boom

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Loving this board by @krausmath!

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Give them something to believe in right from the start.

35. Ladybug LoveMelissa Worley Pinterest

Seeing spots can be a good thing, as this adorable ladybug board from Melissa W. on Pinterest proves!

36. In the GenesIn Your Genes

“We are doing a cross-curricular project about DNA. Here’s the board the teachers I work with did to welcome our students. Each of our students wrote their first name within the DNA strands.” —Kyle S.

37. Shoot for the MoonOver the Moon

It’s a simple message and brilliant design from Erin S.

38. A Board With a TwistMrs Shiningers Blog

This playful board was part of a board-game classroom theme by Mrs. Shininger’s Blog, but it could stand on its own just fine.

39. Chalkboard Conversion

Chalkboard Bulletin Board

“I turned my chalkboard into a big bulletin board.” —Abbie L.

40. Celebrating With S’moresCelebrate with Smores

A great design and message on this bulletin board from Stephanie N.

41. Oz-some AdventuresThe Mall-ards

Any class would be over the rainbow to see this colorful and clever board by The Mall-ards!

42. Welcome to StarbooksStarbooks Cafe Bulletin

“This isn’t done yet, but my students will decorate their own book spine from their favorite book to put on the shelves of this board.” —Kelly N.

43. The Places You’ll GoThe Places You'll Go

Stephanie N. made her entire wall leading into her classroom a bulletin board. Can you find Thing 1 and Thing 2?

44. Seuss It UpSupply Me

Rhyme your way to a year of learning with this simple but fun board by Saylor’s Log.

45. Start DreamingA Book is a Dream

Julie A. used a quote from Neil Gaiman for inspiration on this reading bulletin board.

46. Rainbow of PossibilitiesRainbow

This bulletin board from Jolene O. sends a great message.

47. Have a Blast!

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Here we go again! #backtoschoolbulletinboard

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Explode into the new year with this attention-grabbing volcano board.

48. Celebrate the Scientific MethodScientific Method

A++ for creativity. From Suzie G.

49. Doorway to LearningLessons With Laughter

Welcome students to your classroom, where they can be anything and learn everything. Created by Lessons With Learning.

50. Gearing up for SuccessGears Bulletin

When you’re in gear for a good year, try this idea from Bridget P.

51. Time to Get MessyTime to Get Messy

If your school does uniforms, then try this idea from Louise J.

52. The Sharpest BunchSharper Bunch

Create cacti with tissue paper for this idea from Angela G.

53. Libraries Love You Too 

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

54. Selfie StationDifferentiated Kindergarten

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

55. Another Kind of SelfieTake a Selfie Bulletin

A whole new meaning of selfie. Thanks for the idea, Jennifer L.

56. Time for Blast OffBlack Off Bulletin

Ready for blast off, thanks to Antwan W.

57. Arrgh!

Arrgh Bulletin Board

Jeanne W. is getting ready for talk like a pirate day in September.

58. 180 Opportunities

Set the stage for all the incredible experiences to come in the days ahead.

59. Who Am I?The Thinker Builder

Students will get to know each other in no time flat when you post this board with self-portraits and identifying clues. Get the how-to from The Thinker Builder.

60. Team EffortFootball Bulletin Board

If you have a sporty group, try this idea from Alicia M.

61. Super TeacherSuperhero Teacher

The teacher is the star in this idea from Paula B.

62. Wild About the ArtsWild About the Arts

Create your own lovable monsters with this idea from Ellen S.

63. Pac-Man Inspiration

Student Council Will Amaze You - Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas

This is a great way to recruit new members. Good idea, Rachell B.

64. Why I TeachVictoria D

This is a fantastic board to post in the main hallway to help parents and students get to know the teachers. What a great idea, Victoria D.!

65. Creating a FutureCreate the Future

Sometimes all you need is a powerful message, like this one from Dulce E.

66. Garden of LearningGarden of Learning

It’s easy to create flowers. We love this idea from Jessi B.

67. Ode to the National ParksNational Parks Bulletin

Ms. Embry has a national parks theme, so she made a bulletin board to match.

68. Going Places With ReadingReading Takes You Places

Small bulletin board? No worries—add a bench like Julie W. did.

69. Escape to NarniaNarnia Bulletin

“My weekly vocabulary list will be going on here. Many hours went into this.” —Melanie Shank

70. Super StarsMiss Jamie Wells

Watch little faces light up when you welcome them to your classroom with this shining idea by Miss Wells Kinder Stars.

71. Whoo Loves Owls?Owl Bulletin Board

Create a giant tree, and the owls will do the rest of the work in this idea from Ashley F.

72. Unleash Your HeroUnleash the Hero

“I’m excited for our superhero theme this year.” —Amanda F.

73. All the EmotionsFaces of the School

Get students involved in creating this unique emoji-inspired design from Nancy L.

74. May the Scores Be With YouMay the Scores Be With You

“High school students did this bulletin board.” —Julie A.

75. Latte to LearnLatte to Learn

Amanda W. knows her audience with this design for eighth graders.

76. Are You Ready? Mrs Wills Kindergarten

A little aluminum foil makes this board a perfect reflection of exciting things to come. Shared by Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten.

77. Remembering With MemesMeme Bulletin board

“I did this one last year with different memes.” —Melanie K.

78. Emojin the PossibilitiesEmojin the Possibilities

Emojis and a pun at the same time! Thanks, Jane S.

79. Even More SeussSeuss Bulletin Boards

There’s never enough Dr. Seuss, right, Becca H.?

80. Looking AheadRoad to College

A great middle school message from Jen D.

81. AVID Skills Are ImportantAVID Skills Bulletin

A good AVID message from Jen D.

We’d love to hear your back-to-school bulletin board ideas as well! Come share your photos in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. 

Plus, take a look at all of our bulletin board ideas here.

81 Back-to-School Bulletin Board Ideas from Creative Teachers

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Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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