Over the last several years, I have been purchasing large 3′x5′ flags of Spanish Speaking countries, for display in my classroom. You can find them for pretty decent prices on ebay. The only problem was the lack of wall space, or more frustratingly, a way to keep them up. I used to tuck them into the ceiling tiles and let them hang against the back of the wall. I also have metal frames around my windows, so I buy Magnetic Clips and hang them over the windows.
But I have one area of the room, with a lot of empty space and I was unable to do either of those. That’s when the following three items came in handy:
3M Command Hanging Clips, a tension rod, binder clips
For less than $10 you can get all of these and use them to hang your flags. The Clips are about $5 dollars for a pack of 6. And they will stick to anything. I have used them against cement brick wall, actual brick walls, and drywall and it stays put, but you can take it off without leaving marks. It really works! Go to the curtain or shower rod aisle of your favorite department store and pick up a tension rod for $5-10 depending on the size. And what teacher doesn’t have binder clips laying in some desk drawer. Attach the Hanging Clips to the wall, clip the flag to the tension rod, and wham!, you have yourself a flag that isn’t going to fall down.
Easy way to decorate your classroom for cheap! For other decoration ideas for your classroom, check out our Bulletin Board posts.