Do you love the look and functionality of classroom posters, but dislike the fact all your big company manufactured posters are mix-and-match and don’t really gel with your current classroom theme?
I have always felt that way and for years, I always ONLY purchased classroom decor items that were solid primary colors so that way my decorative classroom elements would at least feel like they all went together.
Of course, that was back in the days when our only option to purchase classroom materials was typically an annual trip to the local brick and mortar teacher supply store or from a few select mail order catalogs that were sent to the school. And they only had a limited supply of options.
But once I started seeing all the adorable classroom decor sets that were available today – so many that are digital downloads and customizable, I LOVED all the beautiful new options I had. The bonus is that so many of these sets are super economical, so I could swap out the design I chose as often as I liked really.
But – as with anything that is print yourself, you are usually limited to the size of your home printer.
So I went on the hunt for an inexpensive solution that allowed ALL teachers access to printing their very own classroom posters and I love the end result!
Ready to create and print your own masterpieces too?
Step 1: Decide what type of poster you would like to create.
Do you want something strictly decorative?
Or one that is instructional in nature or gives directions?
Step 2: Once you know what you want your poster to say and look like, you can either design something from scratch via Power Point, Google Slides, or use an editable template from a set you have purchased.
The sky is the limit – this is just a sampling of the options, but you can make a poster out of any type of handout honestly. Even a welcome sign or parent conference night schedule.
Step 3: Once you have your file, you’ll want to make sure it’s in a photo format. So that would be a .jpg or .png file.
What happens if you have a PDF file? You can still do it, but I find it much easier to just convert it to a photo file first for the cleanest image.
Super simple: Go to PDF to Image and convert your PDF file to an image file.
Step 4: Now, head over to Shortrun Posters.
Head to “Custom Posters” and pick the size you want your poster to be. I usually go for the “18 x 24 Custom Poster Print.”
Step 5: Scroll down to Options.
Add your image file and then choose your options. These are mine, but you can feel free to choose differently. Personally, I don’t mind their branding as it’s on the back of the poster and no one will see it anyway.
Step 6: Once the file is uploaded and your choices are picked, add to Cart and then checkout.
So easy and very reasonable!
The Proof is in the Printing
As you notice, Shortrun Poster’s pricing is super economical and allows you to print even just one poster if you want. No minimum print limits involved at all.
Another print-on-demand option is Staples. But I found their pricing to be twice the cost, so perhaps only consider using that option if you are in a time crunch and need it quicker.
Once you place your poster order, it takes almost 2 weeks to receive it, so keep those timelines in mind. But the quality is wonderful!
Displaying Your Classroom Posters
Once you have gotten your posters delivered, you have a few different options for displaying:
1 – Staple the corners up on your wall if you have drywall.
Why staples and not sticky tack or pushpins?
I actually had a principal share once that it was MUCH easier to paint and cover staple holes in a wall than large push pin holes. From that point on, I realized she was correct and you could barely see the tiny staple holes when I moved something versus the larger push pin or thumbtack holes.
Obviously if you have concrete block (been there too), you can use sticky tack or wax.
I have also heard hot glue works well on concrete block, but to be honest, I’m not sure the hot glue won’t burn right through poster paper, so maybe check one before trying it on your only display copies.
2 – A second option is to frame and hang.
THESE MAGNETIC FRAMES from Amazon work great.
Just make sure you get the right size for the size posters you ordered. Ask me how I know this…
3 – Last: If you go with a smaller poster print, you can frame, then place the frame on a heavy duty photo easel on a shelf or window ledge.
All options allow you to add writing to your poster if it’s an interactive option (such as a classroom incentive chart or weekly objective poster).
If your poster “template” is in a frame, use a dry erase marker on the top to easily change it from week to week as needed. For example: On Monday your student helpers change, so you can easily erase the current student names and write the new ones on the glass frame that overlays the actual poster so it can be reused all year long.
Designing Your Dream Classroom Space
Need some ready-to-upload poster images for your classroom?
This decor poster set includes a sample poster from the following Organized Educator sets:
- Brainy Blush and Gray
- Brilliant Bookworms
- Cats & Dogs & Chalkboards
- Classroom Carnival
- Classroom Magic
- Friends on the Farm
- Gamers Gonna Learn
- Groovy Gradeschool
- Learning and Lemons
- Picture Perfect Classroom
Download this set of 10 free posters now!
What other poster display tips do you have? Leave a comment below. We love hearing from educators everywhere!
This post originally appeared at Organized Classroom.