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How to start a simple paper spring bulletin board or window display edge

Supplies you will need
Supplies you will need
Darlene Luckins

Spring is here and many stores and schools are creating spring displays for their bulletin boards or windows. Most of these displays are not complicated and often involve themes like flowers, rabbits, chicks, and the like. In this tutorial, it will be shown how to start a simple spring display for a window or bulletin board. The part that will be shown usually is displayed along the bottom of the bulletin board or window. This is only a start to get you going and not a complete project. Other elements of the display can be created or worked on later.

The supplies for this project are simple and easy to find. The ones used in this project were bought at the Mission Valley Michael's store or at one of the many 99 Cent Only stores within San Diego. Be aware, though, that some of the supplies bought at the dollar store may not be of high quality. Also, if you are involving children in this project, be sure to provide child-friendly craft tools such as rounded scissors and non-toxic glue. Young children should also be supervised.

There are no fast and narrow rules with this project and each element can be created to taste.

Supplies you will need
Supplies you will need Darlene Luckins

Supplies you will need

Supplies needed for this craft include construction paper, glue, tape, a pencil and scissors.  You will need at least some green paper for traditional grass and flowers.  But, there's no rules about colors and you can use any color you want.

Cut the grass
Cut the grass Darlene Luckins

Cut the grass

Take one of the green pieces of paper (or whatever color you want) and cut thin strips part of the way down from the edge.  How long or deep you wish to cut is up to you.  Try to vary the width and length of each strip.  Cut the green paper, lengthwise, about three or four inches below the longest cut piece of grass.  Save the part you cut off because those will be used to make stems and leaves.  For long displays, you will need several pieces of paper.  

Draw the 'flower'
Draw the 'flower' Darlene Luckins

Draw the 'flower'

Take a piece of paper of any color and draw a flower or flower-like pattern on it.  It doesn't have to be perfect (unless, of course, you want it to be).  Cut out the pattern after it's drawn.

Glue any spare or add ons
Glue any spare or add ons Darlene Luckins

Glue any spare or add ons

If you want to cut out a center of the flower or other item, use glue to attach the pieces.  Tape can also be used, but it can often add strange, undesirable bulges.

Cut stem and leaves
Cut stem and leaves Darlene Luckins

Cut stem and leaves

Use the discarded green paper left over from making the grass and cut a stem and leaves.  The leaves can be separate from the stem, or they can be attached such as in this photo.  Glue or tape stem to flower.

Tape grass edges together
Tape grass edges together Darlene Luckins

Tape grass edges together

If you have several grass edges or strips, tape them together on the "wrong side" to make one long strip of grass. Tape tends to work better than glue in this instance.

Attach flowers
Attach flowers Darlene Luckins

Attach flowers

Glue or tape flowers to the grass at any height.  When using glue, be aware not to have it seep through grass blades.  Tape use should be limited to the below where the grass was cut, if possible.

Finished
Finished Darlene Luckins

Finished

Here is an example of a finished edge.  This would run along the bottom of a window or bulletin board.  More elements can be added for a more finished look later on.  Flowers don't have to be perfectly spaced or sized.  Some flowers can be large, some can be small.