20+ Brilliant, Cheap and Easy Classroom Decoration Ideas

They’d all be in awe at how practical, beautiful and ingeniously creative it was.

The other teachers would want to steal it from you. The children line up to get inside it. And, the parents rave at their friends about how incredible their child’s classroom is.

Now, imagine you could get a classroom like that for less than a couple of dollars. How good would that be?

Well, in this article you’re going to see the cream-of-the-crop of ideas to help you have the best classroom on even the tightest budget.

If that sounds good to you, read on…

Use Wall Baskets For Colorful Separation

Plastic Wall Baskets For Colorful Separation
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Perfect for paper, pencils or whatever the heck you like. These inexpensive wall baskets affix to your walls easily and add a splash of color to your classroom.

Use A Metal Bucket As A Library Book Drop Off Point

Use A Metal Bucket As A Library Book Drop Off Point
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You can jazz it up with stickers, stencils and vibrant colors. Writing “Stop forgetting your books!” in big red letters is done at your discretion.

Photo Boxes for Cards

Photo Boxes for Cards
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Fed up of card games getting dog eared, stepped on or lost? Grab some plastic photo boxes and store them there instead.

Use Carabiners to Hang Bags and Coats

Use Carabiners to Hang Bags and Coats
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Carabiners are guaranteed to hold a rock climber to side of a mountain. However, their results remain untested with an eight-year-old’s jacket. Also, you can use them to make a quick abseil escape from an unruly mob.

Spice Rack Storage

Spice Rack Storage
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Sticking with the kitchen themed storage, you can use a spice-rack as a creative storage option for smaller objects. And, it’ll probably get more use than that container of Five Spice that you’re still looking for a reason to use.

Spray Paint Plastic Locker Bins

Spray Paint Plastic Locker Bins
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It’s not until you become a teacher you realize how versatile plastic storage bins are, right? Take some dollar-store storage bins, spray paint them, and you’ve got ‘lockers’ for your students.

The Swedish Hanging Craft Dryer

The Swedish Hanging Craft Dryer
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Ah, IKEA. A never ending source of great storage ideas. Grab this PRESSA hanging dryer for a whopping $7.95 and use as a craft dryer.

Use Shoe Holders for Electronics

Use Shoe Holders for Electronics
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If there are items you don’t need to lock up – like headphones or usb sticks – you can use these neat little shoe holders to keep them tucked away.

Pencil Storage

Pencil Storage
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Another great way to use old tin cans. Have one for sharp pencils and one for dull. Then give the job of sharpening the dull ones to one of your students.

Mini-Crate Scissor Rack

Mini-Crate Scissor Rack
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Grab a small crate. Flip it upside down. Pop your scissors in. Winner.

Use A Curtain Rail To Hang Magazines

Use A Curtain Rail To Hang Magazines
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Place magazines into plastic covers and hang them onto a shower rack with shower curtain hooks. Sorted.

Turn a Dish Drainer into a Filing Caddy

Turn a Dish Drainer into a Filing Caddy
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Got an old dish drainer? Give it a lick of paint and use it as a filing caddy instead.

Reuse Baby Wipe Containers

Reuse Baby Wipe Containers
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How many tubs of baby wipes will the parents of your kids go through? Ask parents to donate their empty ones, or use your own. Decorate and use for storage. Easy.

Create Seats With Storage By Using Old Milk Crates

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Add a cushion to the top of these and you’ve got the perfect blend of storage, maneuverability and (dis)comfort.

Use Your Old Tin Cans As Magnetic Pen Holders

Use Your Old Tin Cans As Magnetic Pen Holders
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Clean them up, stick some fancy tape around the top and either stick them to a magnet board, or keep them on your desk. Chances are, you’ve already got some in the recycling.

 Don’t Spend on Posters

 Don’t Spend on Posters
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Give your students some ownership of the classroom, too. Let them design posters at the start of the year to make them feel a part of something bigger.

Rain Gutter Book Shelves

Rain Gutter Book Shelves
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Cheap and easy to assemble, these look great without taking up too much space. And, you can always leave one full of leaves and mud to clean as a detention punishment too (optional, of course).

Paint Old Lightbulbs

Paint Old Lightbulbs
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To add a little bit of quirky decor to your classroom get the children to paint some old lightbulbs, then hang from the ceiling with fishing wire.

Vinyl Classroom Cushions

Vinyl Classroom Cushions
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These cushions add color, are really easy to clean and are cheap to make. Looks a little more like home too, right?

Plastic Bracelets for Group Time

Plastic Bracelets for Group Time
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Grab some plastic bracelets from a local discount store and give each group a certain colored band. Makes things clear for the children and saves you having to remember.

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