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A fun way to get ready for back to school or just a fun addition to a Mermaid-themed bedroom, this DIY Customized Mermaid Bulletin Board is great for getting kids excited about being organized!
DIY Mermaid Bulletin Board
Ella is back to school in just over a month and we’re trying to set up our home and routines for the best year ever!
From organizing a cozy reading nook to making a custom bulletin board to keep tabs on all of her extracurriculars and assignments, we’re tackling it all this month.
I wanted to work with her to create a beautiful bulletin board that she would be excited to consult every day – checking her schedule, adding important notes, and of course, displaying awesome artwork or assignments.
By involving her in the design and customization of her bulletin board, it made her feel in control and proud of the final product – and she’s already excited to use it! And that is really the end goal for me. (If you’re not sold on the idea of letting your child really customize a full-sized bulletin board, you could always opt for a smaller one that fits in their room.)
You can use our tips to customize a bulletin board for whatever theme or topic your child is obsessed with – Unicorns, a favorite sport or team, astronomy, etc.
And for those important notes and schedule-keeping, I picked up a couple packs of G2® pens at Target.
G2® is the #1 selling gel ink brand in America and has a smooth writing gel ink, making it perfect for notes and little doodles in the corners.
Grab your coupon here for .75cents offany G2® 4pack or larger. I bought two packs and am keeping one with the bulletin board and the other has already been put to use in my office.
Materials for a DIY Bulletin Board
- Bulletin Board (see tip)
- Fabric, wrapping paper or other pretty paper/material to cover the bulletin board
- Push pins
- Irridescent or metallic acrylic paint plus paintbrush
- Seashells (we used sugar starfish, a large starfish and one regular seashell)
- School glue or hot glue with glue gun
- Index cards
- G2® pens
Tip: If you don’t already have a bulletin board at home or can’t find one super cheap, you can also get chip board or wooden insulation from the hardware store and get the staff to cut it down to size.
How to Make a Mermaid Bulletin Board
Assemble your materials so that you don’t have to go hunting for things after you got started.
Paint the wooden frame of your bulletin board – we liked letting the grain show through as it almost looked like waves. If you don’t want the grain to show, you can prime the wood first or add additional coats of paint.
When the paint is dry, fit your paper or fabric to fit the inside of the frame. We initially were going to use fabric, but we found this pretty mermaid scale paper in our craft room at the last minute and swapped it in.
Secure the paper or fabric simply, not with any permanent adhesives as you may want to replace it as it gets lots of holes in it over time.
Decorate the frame with seashells or whatever details you like.
Hang the bulletin board after measuring the wall and the board twice before adding nails or hangers to the wall.
Make some notes with your G2 pens and add some art your bulletin board to personalize it even more!
Grab your free printable for our easy Custom Mermaid Bulletin Board:
This fun mermaid bulletin board has been great for getting Ella excited for back to school and staying organized. We’ve since added a calendar and some extra-curricular schedules to keep everything in a central place.