Font Stencils for Bulletin Boards

December 30, 2011 No Comments

Font Stencils for Bulletin Boards

December 30, 2011 No Comments

from ellisoneducation.com

I don’t know about you, but I hate the die cut lettering machines at school.  First of all, they are old and they never seem to cut the paper all the way through and secondly, all the letters look the same!  Two different sizes but the same boring serif fonts.  As a first year teacher, I want my bulletin boards to stand out from the rest of the school – and to excite the kiddos that I teach!  (And me, too!)  I know that you can buy die patterned letters from the store, but who has money for that all the time?   Not this first-year teacher, that’s for sure! However, an idea came to me this afternoon and I haven’t been able to shake it… so I got to work.

 I have a ton of old scrapbooking paper that I never use and got to thinking about cutting letters out of the paper for my bulletin boards.  But I was worried about my freehand skills not being quite up to par, so I decided to take some of the wonderful scrapbooking fonts that I’ve found online (like “Wish I Were Taller” at www.kevinandamanda.com and use those and my handy laminating machine to make…. FONT STENCILS!  Yay!

I’ll admit.. it took me some time.  But I think they turned out very well and I’ll definitely be able to use them for years and years to come.  Here’s how I did it:

First, I downloaded the font I wanted from www.kevinandamanda.com.  I chose “Wish I Were Taller” because the letters are thick, all one height and I think they would look really good up on a bulletin board.

Then, I typed up the alphabet on Microsoft Word and set the font to outline so that only an outline of the letters would show up.  I could have printed it normally, but that would have used a lot of ink and those cartridges can be expensive!  To set it to outline, all your have to do is click on the small arrow to expand the font options and click “Outline” – simple!

I printed my letters and cut them apart.  I will say this – they printed very lightly, so if you use colored paper (which I did) make sure you use a light color.  I did mine on a bright pink.

Then, I used my small laminating machine at home to laminate the letters I had cut out.  This worked out well considering the laminating sheets are very think and will hold up for years and years to come.  (I used Scotch Thermal Laminating pouches that I bought at Walmart for around $14, if you’re wondering.)    After I laminated the letters I cut them out again.  Again, time consuming, but WORTH IT.  If I had not cut the letters out before I laminated, the lamination would not last nearly as long.

And there we have it – brand new, long-lasting, font stencils.  I cannot wait to cut out my first set of letters from the scrapbooking paper!  The process took some time and hard work, but I think it will pay off in the long run and will be a sight for sore eyes after looking at those boring die cut letters for so long!  When I get my first bulletin board put up with the letters, I will let you all see.    I know the kids will love it too!

Is there any special tips you have – things you’ve done that might take some time in the beginning but eventually same time later on… I’d love to hear them!

sherylwoods

All posts

No Comments

  • Miss Willis June 30, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my page to keep it going, http://thegototeacher.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

  • Leave a Reply

    Join the #TeacherLadyKY tribe!

    About Me

    About Me

    Hi! My name is Sheryl and I am so thankful you've found your way to the TeacherLadyKY blog! I'm an elementary educator from Louisville, Kentucky who is passionate about building relationships and literacy skills with my students. I've taught everything from kindergarten to fifth grade and I can't wait to share my experiences with you! Enjoy! Read More

    Instagram

    • One of my colleagues shared this with me today. He meant it about my students, but he doesn't realize how much it resonated with me personally.
.
.
It's no secret I've been broken lately. It's felt like destruction, but I'm slowly breaking the surface and recognizing the growth and potential that like ahead.
.
.
#teacherbsn #teacherladyky #teachersofinstagram #teachertribe #ecet2 #growth
    • When you want the attention from the dog, but he's pretending you don't exist. "Here, Crow! Catch!" She's also a big fan of the phrases: "Where'd he go? Where's Crow? Good boy! and Come here, Crow!" 😍
    • For one of our morning journal prompts this week, I asked my students, "If you could change one thing about the way Mrs. Woods teaches, what would it be?"
.
First of all, they were way too nice. Even my most outspoken students said I should change nothing because I was perfect... Including this sweet girl. Once I told them they were too nice, she changed nothing to "1 thing" and added the last sentence. She's not wrong... I am messy. (And I always tell them there is a scientific study that says the smartest people are the messiest.... There is. Don't come @ me.)
.
.
Other honorable mentions include "If I could change one thing, it might be that she wears fancy clothes every day instead of those normal ones." #PointTaken .
.
#teacherbsn #teacherladyky #teacherblogger #teacherlife #classroom #classroommanagement #buildrelationships #studentteacherrelationship #studentfeedback #teacherfeedback #writing #writingprompts
    • In case you needed to hear this today.
.
.
One day at a time. One moment at a time. One task at a time. One necessity at a time. And, little by little, you will get there.
.
.
The anxiety has been high for the last week. I've spent 5 out of the last 7 days in tears for reasons that should be considered miniscule. Everything bothers me.
.
.
But, I have a mission and I won't stop until I'm there, even on days when it feel like tomorrow is miles away.  #besavagenotaverage #teachersofinstagram #teacherladyky #teacherblogger #teacherbsn #anxiety #mentalhealth
    • The past 24 hours have been fast-paced and brain-draining and anxiety-inducing, but it has been so, so good. My cup is so full after #SecondCTEPS. I am beyond grateful for the people in this photograph, who were strangers a few months ago and yet have laughed and cried with me like only the best of friends do. #Penguins #PenguinGang #TLKY #KentuckyTeacherLeaders @KyCTEPS
    • Today was a good day. A really good day. ❀️
    • Last night's pizza before it went into the oven. Mozzarella cheese pearls, pepperoni, pepperocinis, spinach, and roasted tomatoes on a 90 calorie flat bread. It was SO GOOD and so easy to make. What's your go-to easy dinner? We need some ideas! Let me know! πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡
    • The anxiety has been crippling this weekend.
.
.
I stayed in bed/on the couch most of the weekend. I did hardly anything productive and only left the house because I literally had to. But I did some journaling and set up my February spreads and it made me feel a little better. I'll share them later this week.
.
.
In case you thought you were alone, you're not. I'm right here with you.
.
.
#bujoideas #bujoinspiration #bujo #bujoweeklyspread #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #planneraddict #januarybulletjournal #polarbear #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety
    • This week's #bulletjournal setup. Usually, I do a day at a time, but after binge watching see @amandarachlee on YouTube this weekend, I thought I'd set it all up at once. One thing I love about my #bujo is that I can do WHATEVER I want, WHENEVER I want to. 😁
.
.
#bulletjournals #bulletjournaling #bujoweeklyspread  #bujoideas #bujoinspiration #penguins

    Follow Me!

    Twitter

    Blog Archive

    Credits

    The TeacherLadyKY blog header and logo were designed by Sheryl, using fonts from A Primary Kind of Life and Brittney Murphy Design.Β  Clip art is courtesy of Irina Bandyk, whose Etsy shop is WatercolorCliparts.Β Β The blog theme used is Emilia by Georgia Lou Studios.

     

     

    ×