Saturday, September 8, 2012
This particular welcome board was super simple and quick to put together. I used my Cricut to cut the puzzle pieces, and printed the student's photos right off the computer. Luckily I had use of a color printer, but having photos printed somewhere like Target would be fairly inexpensive as well.
I used cardstock in primary colors, which I purchased in a bulk package at a craft store. I have tried using construction paper for Cricut projects similar to this one, but I found that the paper curled and eventually faded. I definitely recommend the cardstock!
The puzzle pieces and font are from the Don Juan cartridge, which is the cartridge that comes free with the machine. I set the Cricut to cut the puzzle pieces at 4 inches, and cut about 10 of each color. I wanted to have plenty of extra pieces for new students! For the wording I cut black puzzle pieces as a base and then made a blue overlay with the lettering cut out. Using a glue stick, I glued the blue overlay on the black solid piece.
Finally, I glued each student's picture to a puzzle piece and wrote their name with a black marker. As I do with all bulletin board assembly, I started with a bit of tape on the back of each piece to make sure I liked the placement before stapling into the board.