The First Day of School signs are a big deal these days when it comes to back to school planning. You can’t help but see on social media a slew of cute children holding adorable first day of school signs. It’s a great way to celebrate the kick off of the school year.
This was not a thing when I grew up, but I am so glad it is now. Parents can look back on photos and see how much their child has grown. Some parents make a photo collage of their child holding a First Day of school sign on one side and a last day of school sign on the other side. What a difference a year makes. Before I know it she will be going off to high school the way time is flying by so quickly.
Two Ways to Make First Day of School Signs
Below are two creative and cute ways to make first day of school signs that make great photo props. One requires more time and effort, while the other you can download, print and frame. Let’s start with the pencil transfer method.
Two ways to make First Day of School signs
How to make a First Day of School Sign
using the Pencil Transfer Method
**Please Note: If you have a Windows computer you may have to extract all the zipped printables to a folder 1st, then open and print them from the extracted folder.
Chalkboard (I found mine at the Target Dollar Spot)
Free Back to School printables (Preschool through 12th grade included)
(Use the Mirrored Version Back to School printables if you do not know how to mirror an image when you print)
Select and print the grade you need by downloading the file here: Mirrored Back to School printables
(Note: I mirrored the image in these versions, if you would like the non-mirrored image keep scrolling. but you must use the mirrored version for it to work on the pencil transfer method.)
Your printed image should look like this:
Flip the paper over on your chalkboard so that the ink portion is facing towards the chalkboard. Tape down the corners to securely hold it in place.
Trace the image on the other side with a pencil. Try to press hard, but not too hard where you are breaki the pencil. When I lightly traced, I could hardly see the writing so I had to retrace.
This is what my paper looked like when I was completely done.
This may be hard to see on this photo, but once you pull up the paper you should see tracing marks of the original image.
Now the fun part begins! Simply trace the letters with a chalk marker. If I had to do it again, I would have picked a better color than pink for the first line. If you mess up with the chalk paint, simply erase it with a tissue and try again.
Congrats, you know have a custom first day of school sign for a portion of the price you would have spent to have one made.
How to Make a Simple First Day of School Picture Frame
The original Back to School printables would work for a simple first day of school sign in a picture frame.
(Note: The printable above does not work for the pencil transfer method)
FREE Back to School Printables Signs by Grade
Simply find the grade you need, download and print these free Chalkboard Back to School printables from your home computer. Cut printable to fit a 8×10 picture frame, insert the printable and you are on your way. Easy! The hard part may be getting your kid to smile.
More Back to School Hacks Ahead
I hope these back to school hacks and creative printables have helped you get organized and excited for the big day.