Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the classroom is so delightful! And in 2020, we all need an extra strong dose of delightful, don’t you think? If you’re teaching in-person, this is definitely the year to go all out with your winter or holiday classroom doors. Distance learning keeping you apart? Mark your favorites for next year, and know that no matter what, your students still know how much you care. Now, get ready to get inspired!

1. Poster Frame Inspiration

All three of these winter and holiday classroom doors are easy to make, using a poster frame as a cool 3-D element. Check out our video walk-through to learn how it’s done.

2. Sweet Snow Globes

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Use clear plastic plates to make personalized snow globes for your door. Then have students use them as inspiration for a writing assignment: “The Day I Spent In A Snow Globe.”

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3. 3-D Tree

The terrific thing about winter classroom doors like this one is the versatility. Getting ready for Christmas? Add decorations and some presents underneath. Settling into the winter months? Go with snowflakes and maybe add a winter bird or two.

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4. Swingin’ Snowman

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This cheery snowman is simple enough for any teacher to create. Make this door last beyond the holidays by substituting a swing of pine branches for the lights!

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5. Snow Bird

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Show off the wide variety of learning that’s going on in your classroom with this winter door idea that will last all season long.

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6. Fa La La La Llama

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Lllamas are suddenly everywhere these days, so why not add one to your classroom door? This one is cute as a button!

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7. Penguin Stacking

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Penguins are always a welcome sight for kids, so they’re the perfect choice for winter and holiday classroom doors. Have kids help you make and personalize them.

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8. Oh Deer!

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Uh oh! This deer is having a little trouble, but we bet he’ll make kids laugh anyway!

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9. Perky Penguin

Here’s another penguin, and one that’s actually pretty simple to create with big sheets of butcher paper. The 3-D beak is a nice touch.

Source: Art With Mrs. Nguyen

10. Gone To The Beach

Even Santa needs a day off now and then! We love the detail of real seashells along the bottom of this door.

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11. Mele Kalikimaka

Like the tropical take? Give your door a Hawaiian spin with a palm tree instead of a pine.

Source: Mrs. Geiger’s Third Grade Class

12. Take A S-Elfie

Turn your door into an interactive photo spot. Every kid in school will want their own elfie selfie!

Source: Lucky Little Learners

13. Rudolph In The Dark

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Need a simple door with big impact? This one is sure to get a chuckle out of everyone passing by.

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14. Out Of This World

A snowman made out of planets? This is one of the cleverest holiday classroom door ideas we’ve seen yet!

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15. Science of Snow

Science teachers will love this option. Not only is it pretty, it’s educational too.

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16. O Chemis-tree

One more for the science lovers! This is an easy door to put together, but the pun makes it a real winner.

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17. Appy Holidays

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Line your door with black butcher paper, then let your students have fun coming up with “apps” for this techno-savvy idea.

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18. Singing Reindeer

We’re not sure, but we have a feeling this reindeer might be singing a bit out of tune. His heart’s in the right place, though!

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19. Handprint Tree

This tree has a couple of cool personal touches. Kids’ handprints cut from construction paper make up the fir needles, plus each ornament is decorated with a photo of a student!

Source: Apex Elementary Art

20. Spread Christmas Cheer

Help Buddy the Elf get the word out: singing is a sure way to spread holiday cheer!

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21. The Nutcracker

Read kids the story of the The Nutcracker, or show a video of the ballet, to help them understand why these figures are a symbol of the holidays.

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22. Reindeer Stable

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Pssst… we don’t think these reindeer are entirely honest! They’re pretty adorable, though.

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23. Worth Melting For

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Olaf is here to spread holiday cheer! Oh, and he also likes warm hugs.

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24. Not Such a Bad Little Door

What would Christmas be without the Peanuts characters? The holiday classic is full of timeless messages that kids of all ages can appreciate.

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25. Snoopy’s Christmas

Here’s another Peanuts-inspired door, this one featuring Snoopy’s award-winning doghouse decorations!

Source: Fouke Elementary School via Facebook

26. Warm up with a Latte

Winter classroom doors aren’t just for the elementary crowd. This one would be a big hit with middle school and high school students.

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27. Elves At Work

Show off all your little elves by putting their faces on your classroom door. The “Elves Ahead” sign is optional… but awesome.

Source: Teacher’s Brain Blog

28. The Grinch

The Grinch is beloved, and for good reason. This simple door shares one of the best sentiments of all.

Source: Mrs. Orman’s Classroom

29. Gingerbread House

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Why stop at the door when you can create a whole house? This idea is actually pretty easy to pull off, once you get your hands on some big sheets of butcher paper.

Source: Lucky Little Learners

30. Walk-In Snow Globe

We love winter and holiday classroom doors that have larger-than-life designs. It make it feel like you’re stepping into a storybook!

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31. Crazy Snowmen

Your kids will have so much fun showing off their personalities with this wintertime door full of unique snowman faces.

Source: Apex Elementary Art

32. The Polar Express

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Wow! We’re not saying you necessarily need to go all out with your door, but The Polar Express is always a good place to start.

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33. Plastic Cup Snowman

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These plastic cup snowmen are easier to create than you might think. (Watch a how-to video here.) The addition of lights to this one really sets it apart.

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34. The Ugly Sweater

Get in on the ugly holiday sweater trend by turning it into classroom door décor. The more bling, the better!

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35. Home Alone

Ahhhhh! We’re loving this ode to Home Alone, one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies.

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36. Penguin Heads

This is another great idea for featuring your students! Just put their faces on the penguin heads.

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37. Gingerbread Men

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A roll of aluminum turns your classroom door into a baking pan. Have your kiddos design their own gingerbread people!

Source: Apex Elementary Art

38. Elf on the Shelf

Oh, that sneaky Elf On The Shelf! You never know where he’s going to show up next.

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39. Peeking Polar Bear

Turn a photo frame into a window for an happy polar bear to peek through! Then add your students’ names on snowballs below.

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40. Winter Kindness

It’s also always a good time to promote kindness in your classroom. This door design will last until spring flowers start to bloom.

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41. Snow Much Fun

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Simple but effective, don’t you think? Have your students make their own snowflakes for a hands-on activity.

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42. Igloo and Bubbles

Why yes, that is a polar bear blowing bubbles and take-out containers turned into an igloo!

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43. Fleece Navidad

Cuddly little lambs wish “ewe” a happy holiday season. Such a charming idea!

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44. Hippopotamus for Christmas

Only a hippopotamus will do! Be warned, though: This song will get stuck in your head.

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45. Triple Dog Dare

As A Christmas Story taught us, no one turns down a triple dog dare… even when they really should. Poor Flip!

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Looking for more ideas? Check out 14 Ways To Brighten Your Classroom During The Dreary Winter Months.

Plus, 22 Winter Crafts That We Want To Try Right Now.

45 Heartwarming Classroom Doors for Winter and the Holidays