Taking a Display Cue from Scrapbooking

I recently acquired a Cricut Expression personal cutting machine (i.e., a die cut machine) and have been brainstorming lots of fun ways the Cricut could be used to create library displays and/or bulletin boards. There appears to be a sad lack of library blogs focusing on making the library aesthetically pleasing in such simple ways as an appealing bulletin board, but here is a compilation of some neat ideas I have found.

Ideas using Cricut (by ProvoCraft) Machines and Cartridges

The Cricut message board is very active and there is a section exclusively for educators. Some teachers have posted their steal-worthy ideas and it is definitely worth checking out. A few I printed out for my ideas file were:

This owl-themed classroom from a Scraphabby Southernbelle.

"Smart Cookies" idea from message board member bdonley

Hot Library Technician, a public school employee, has many ideas posted on her blog. Two of my favorites are "Whoever You Are, Wherever You Are: READ" and a board based on the book 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School, which could easily be adapted into 97 things to do at your library, in this community, etc.

Other Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin Boards from Mrs. Killbourn's Classroom

Boardsgalore.com has many religious ideas you could adapt for a public library or school or keep intact if you work in a faith-based program.

There is a Flickr group called Junior High/Middle School Library Displays & Bulletin Boards

Flickr user genevadesigns has a set called Sage Valley Middle School, which has some really wonderful ideas as well.

Please add any suggested resources in the comments! I will be posting my projects under the tag displays/bulletin boards.


  1. Thanks for your thumbs up on my library blog. I try to make the library more inviting - try to have bulletin boards that are interesting to the students - It's not eay to appeal to teenagers.


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