Summer is winding down (with some schools already back in session), and it is time to start thinking about switching up that decor! I always had a hard time coming up with ways to change my bulletin boards and decor in my Education Room at the Club. Its partly why I’ve been diligent about posting lots of ideas here on the ClubX Blog. We’ve already had posts about
- Welcome back bulletin boards
- Beautiful bathrooms
- Incorporating recognition through shout-out displays
- My weekly inspiration board idea
But there are never enough pretty samples to look at! And there’s a surface that all of us have in our Clubs that we haven’t explored yet- DOORS.
Door decorating is a pretty common classroom idea, often incorporating the names of students in the class. While youth may move around Club spaces, making that an idea that may not work for us, there are lots of other great ones floating around. I’ve rounded up some of the most creative I’ve seen that I think would work particularly well in afterschool spaces.
Reminder: some doors have windows that shouldn’t be blocked for safety reasons. Be sure to follow all procedures set out by your administration. And if you can’t decorate your doors? All of these would translate easily to a bulletin board or display.
I’d change “kids” here to “youth,” but it is perfect for an Art Room.
You can buy the printable letters and directions for this one for a very reasonable price on Teachers Pay Teachers (a great site where teachers post their creations and get paid directly!), or use it as inspiration for your own.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the globe! Globes and maps are pretty much my favorite.
Another one on Teachers Pay Teachers, but you could do an acrostic for lots of words.
Speaking of great words, and also I’m realizing all that I’ve posted so far are a black background with bright words over top so there you go.
So how about a WHITE background with bright words on top! LOL! In all seriousness, this link goes to a whole list of cactus decor ideas and wow precious. I’d change “class” to “Club.”
Another art one, and this one looks pretty simple? I say that but then I’d really fail at making the brush.
This basketball door photo links to a whole list of sports-themed decor ideas.
The letters in this are all college logos! Great idea for a teen center.
Go 3-D by using an empty soda bottle to make an oxygen tank with this SCUBA idea!
OK I AM JUST REALLY INTO BLACK BACKGROUNDS RIGHT NOW AND CLEARLY I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE AND THERE WILL BE ONE OR TWO MORE ON THIS LIST AND THAT’S JUST HOW IT IS. (Also, always growth mindset quotes, always.)
Take away the hat and the snow and make the bottom green and this winter bird is ready for all seasons.
Similar to the one above, getting youth thinking about their future. Just change “classroom” to “Clubhouse” or just “room.”
This one not only incorporates the window, but it is Harry Potter themed! Actually magical.
This LEGOS door would be great for a Gamesroom.
And more Gamesroom fun! Or even the Tech lab. The Donkey Kong one is amazing and nostalgic.
This tech lab door uses a purchased download, but even better would be to have youth design their own app icons.
The window is incorporated PERFECTLY into this one!
I saw another donut one that had a black background with bright letters BUT I REFRAINED. Have youth make the art for this theme rather than buying the kit.
Photo walls are all the rage on Instagram, so make one at your Club!
And for last I saved my favorite out of the whole bunch. This door was created for Black History Month, but I want it all day every day because it is perfect. Honoring Katherine Johnson, whose story you may know from the film Hidden Figures, this door is incredibly inspiring.
Be sure to send us photos of your fancy doors!
What are your best door decor ideas? How do you make your Club spaces warm and inviting for youth? Share with us by commenting below, on the BGCA Youth Development Facebook page, or by emailing ClubXBlog@bgca.org.