It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school, so we made these cute DIY first day of school signs, a great school craft for kids entering preschool all the way up to the 12th grade!
Free printable first day of school signs!
Time is really flying by, I can’t believe that our summer shenanigans are almost over and school is getting ready to start! I have one child entering 4th grade, and my youngest is starting kindergarten – cue the tears because I am SO NOT READY (we’ve been prepping and made this paper plate school bus craft, but, still).
They’re growing up so quickly, and I want to remember each moment. I created these DIY back to school printable signs and put together this fun ruler frame to display them in – get the first day of kindergarten sign free download here!
Free printable signs for the first day of school
If you have kids headed back to the classroom, print out one of these signs to take the first day of school photos with! Whether you are looking for a “first day of preschool” sign or a free “first day of third grade” sign, these DIY back-to-school signs were made for kids starting preschool, and all of the rest of the elementary, middle school, and high school years. Here’s how to make it…
- 1 – 8×10 photo frame (the dollar store is perfect for this)
- 4 wooden rulers
- glue gun
- DIY first day of school printable signs (see gallery below)
Our DIY first day of school sign idea
Ok, so making back to school free printable signs is pretty easy. You’ll need to make sure your 8×10 frame has a little bit of space around the edges to glue the ruler. First, measure your rulers around each side of the frame, cut if necessary (only adults should do this). The outer frame is size always different, I had to cut my rulers on the 8-inch side down to right under 9 inches.
Glue on the rulers to each side of the outer frame, Start with the longer side, then glue on the shorter 8-inch sides. They’ll overlap at each corner.
Give the rulers a little bit of time to dry, print out your desired grade from the printable signs gallery below, and write or type in the year.
Print out the chalkboard sign with your child’s grade
To print your child’s grade sign, access the DIY first day of school sign of your choice in the gallery below. Click the photos you want to print and save them to your computer. When you set them up to print, make sure you’re using the 8×10 setting, landscape, and full color. Slide it into the frame and you’re all set!
We love this first day of school craft
I love how this project turned out, and I will definitely be using these ruler back-to-school signs every single year until my kids are in college! These are so much fun, and they will make great memories when your kids are all grown and old. My daughter was excited to be holding my first day of school chalkboard signs, she was super cute, too. I hope you love these and can use them each year!
Print our signs for the first day of school
Click this image of the first day of school chalkboard signs to open in a new window and print as many as desired.
Hope your kids enjoy their first day back!
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Do you have last day signs as well??
We don’t, sorry!
What font did you use when you created these?
Hi is there any way to edit these signs? I am looking for Fourth day in Fourth Grade. Thanks so much. They are adorable
Hi Vicki, If you know how to edit photos, you can absolutely do that! Download the 4th grade photo, search for an online photo editor and give it a shot. Good luck!
It was so easy to make!! Got it done in 30 min! Spend under $5
Love this – used this for my son’s first day and want to do a last day. Do you have a last day set?
Is there any way you could make one that says Pre-K? Thank you, I appreciate it!
Beautiful children. Love this craft. What did you use to cut the rulers?
Just a large pair of scissors. I cut as much as I could then bent the ruler back and forth until it snapped. You can try using a knife or something else that cuts wood, be careful!
Any way we can edit the template? I teach PIC or preschool intervention class 🙂
You could, if you have photo editing knowledge. I would cover up the word ‘preschool’ with a black strip, then type the new word PIC over it. Hope this helps, try an online photo editor!
I love this BUT I need a T-K!!!! ❤️
Thank you for posting these!! I LOVE this! I definitely want to use them! Quick question…anyway to make a template that says Bridge? It is in between pre-k and kinder for those with summer birthdays!!
Thank you again! I love people with creative minds! Not my gift! 🙂
I LOVE this! We started doing this and I’m always looking for fresh ideas!! One question…we have going into Bridge (in between Pre-K and Kinder). Anyway you could create one that says Bridge?
Thank you so much! I love people with creative minds! I don’t have that gift!! 🙂
What about the last day of school? Would be great to have that to do a first day-last day comparison. 🙂
This is super cute, thank you!
How did you cut the rulers?
I used a kitchen knife, probably not the best option, but it’s what I had at the time.
Lol be careful!