The Graphics Lab

Measure that Bulletin Board!!

People frequently ask, “What length is a standard bulletin board?”  Guess what?  There IS no standard length!!  But there is a common width:  4 feet.  Which poses a slight problem – Kraft roll paper is usually only 3 feet wide.  A great solution is to work with gravity! For a 6 foot by 4  foot bulletin board, measure out two 4 foot pieces of Kraft roll paper and hang them side-by-side vertically. You will have a vertical seam, but at least you aren’t fighting with a 6 foot horizontal piece of paper!

Sometimes you might not want a vertical seam -OR- to buy two full lengths and “waste” half of the width.  The solution is to create a one-foot addition with a small seam in the center.  If the bulletin board is 7 feet long by 4 feet wide, then horizontally staple roll paper that is 7 feet by 3 feet to the top (or bottom) of the board.  Take a second color 3-1/2 feet long (1/2 of the length of the board) and tear it in half lengthwise using a “hilly” or wobbly tearing technique.  Then staple the straight edge along the reverse edge (the bottom or top of the bulletin board) and overlap the “hilly” edge onto the first piece of paper.   Better yet, use unusual paper or scrap paper (like newspaper, foil, wax paper, an old map, etc.) for an art-y looking bulletin board base with pizzazz!  Now just add lettering and other items onto the base colors – DONE!

The Graphics Lab carries 12 colors of Kraft bulletin board paper:  Black, white, green, light blue, turquoise, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, dark brown, and brown paper bag!