Bare Boards + Silhouette = Awesome!

Happy Saturday! I'm linking this post with several current and upcoming linkies, so some of the buttons may not be active yet. As you are reading this, I am probably on my way to some rooftop seats for a Cubs game!

If you do not have 3M poster strips, go get some now. Right now. Before everyone goes back to school and off to college because they are impossible to find then. I'll wait...
Command strips can turn your walls and whiteboards into an organized area.
These babies are lifesavers, especially when you can't use tape or putty or anything on your freshly-painted walls.
Here's a tip to get more bang for your buck - cut them in half length-wise! They are plenty strong for small posters and...
clothespins!!! I use them with my clothespins all of the time. I first used them to hang up Boggle letters on my wall (so the letters were interchangeable!) Make sure that some of the extra part that you pull to release the strip is sticking out the bottom, or top, I guess, of the clothespin. Otherwise you might peel off some paint when you take them down.
Attach half of a Command strip to a clothespin to create No Name and Absent Work areas.
But now, if you look very closely, you will see the clothespins on my newly-designed whiteboard in the back of my room. I wanted to make those cute no name wooden hangers for my wall, but I don't have enough patience (or tools) for woodworking. This is my solution. I'm also using them to hang up assignments for students who have been gone. That way it's no longer my responsibility! Add in the vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette, and I have a fully-functional board!
Command strips and your Silhouette can turn your walls and whiteboards into an organized area.
Here is everything in (mock) use. I wrote the student's name next to the clothespin holding his assignments. For the No Late Work Club (if you don't what that is, click here), these will either be magnets with the students' pictures, names, or numbers. I haven't decided yet. And then I always list what work is missing with their names.
Command strips and your Silhouette can turn your walls and whiteboards into an organized area.
So this is everything for the organizational, must-have, and made-it linkies! Don't forget about the {blog hop} and {20% off sale}!


14 comments

  1. Great ideas! I love your organization on the bulletin board. So simple yet so effective. I might have to use some of those ideas. I didn't know you could get CONTACT strips for posters. Now I will have to hunt some of those down too! Hope you are enjoying your game!
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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  2. This looks fabulous! I love the clothespin idea!

    Courtney
    4thGradeSprinkles

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  3. I had never thought of using posters strips on clothespins. I use clothespins all the time!

    My Kinder-Garden

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  4. I love the permanent spot for No Name papers. I have magnets that I random put up on my board but I think Cricuting out some letters and having a permanent space would be great. Thanks for the clever idea!

    - Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

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  5. Every now and again I see a post and think "Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that!" This was one of those posts. :) I will definitely be slicing apart my command strips and using them on clothespins. Thanks for the great idea!

    Alison
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology

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  6. Such smart ideas :) I love the Comman Hook/clothespin idea. Great way to stretch the use of the strips. I'm working on the same kind of board for missing work, no name papers, etc. Grear minds think alike ;) Thanks for linking up with us!
    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  7. Super smart! I didn't know that they made poster strips!! I'm so glad you shared these tips!! :O)

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  8. I love this idea! I'm totally using this in my classroom this year :)
    Rachel
    La Señorita Creativa

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  9. This is such an awesome idea! I'll have to remember this for my classroom one day :)

    Pili
    Glitter and Gradebooks

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  10. These are fabulous ideas! Can't wait to hear how it plays out over the course of the school year. :)

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane
    4mulaFun

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  11. I love to use the 3M strips. They stay up all year and don't fall off the wall like hot glue does. I was short of the poster strips last year and cut them in half to hang up posters. I will do that from now on. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  12. I LOVE the 3M strips. Luckly, my school is, oh, 2 blocks from the 3M building, so we have a lifetime supply of them. Perhaps I will take some and give them away in a give-a-way in the future!!! I like this board. I am adding it to my list of things to do!!!!!!

    Cheers,
    Jameson
    Lessons With Coffee 

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  13. That is awesome! I used clothespins last year with thumb tacks hot glued, they worked. I tried it again this year with the clothespins I put washi tape on, but as I was putting them up on the wall they would pop off the thumb tack. I think I will try this method. Thank you!

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    1. It has worked really well for me :) Good luck!

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