16 First Day of School Signs We Love
The first day of school is a special milestone for every kid, so why not capture the moment with a DIY sign? From preschoolers to elementary school students, we've rounded up a collection of truly adorable children with photo-worthy first day of school signs.
Do you have a cute picture frame lying around the house? Pop a chalkboard inside to turn it into an adorable first day of school sign! As a bonus, you can incorporate the framed board into your household decor after the bus leaves (it would work especially well to display the dinner menu).
This colorful, reusable sign is handmade with oil-based paint. Recreate your own, then fill in the blanks with details about your child each year: grade, date, age, teacher, school, desired career, and favorite things. You'll cherish these sweet memories for years to come.
Fill in the Blanks
Here's a personalized first day of school chalkboard sign. This adorable little girl wrote about her favorite food, color, song, and movie—but feel free to customize as you wish. For example, you might want to document your child's favorite book, hobbies, dream job, height, and more!
Back in 2014, former Bachelorette star Ali Manno (Fedotowsky) celebrated her daughter's first day of preschool with a felt letter block sign. Letter boards are photo-worthy without much effort, and they're very easy to customize!
One Smart Apple
Perhaps the most iconic symbol of school is a red apple, which is why this fill-in-the-blank chalkboard sign is shaped like the tasty fruit. (Available on Etsy.)
Carrying the Banner
You don't need to stick with the classic cardboard or chalkboard first day of school signs. This pennant banner uses twine and burlap for a rustic aesthetic.
Cheerful and Colorful
Thanks to a variety of colors and fonts, Sarah Michelle Gellar's first day of school signs are extremely photogenic. They also add personality to her children's school uniforms.
A Framed Face
This DIY sign—made with colorful cut-out letters and stickers—will perfectly frame your child's face. How cute!
A Perfect Photo Prop
Side By Side
Who says your kid has to hold their back-to-school sign? This chalkboard easel can be reused each year—and it will also visually track your child's growth!
Take a parenting cue from Snooki, who framed adorable print-outs for her children's first day of school in 2018.
Classic Chalkboard Sign
Simple and budget-friendly, this chalkboard sign can be used from preschool until high school. Have your child decorate the sign themselves, so you can document their handwriting and artistic skills.
First Day Flag
If you don't want to create a fancy first day of school sign—or if you simply don't have time—printer paper works just fine! Write a simple message with a marker or pen.
An Insta-Worthy Drawing
Tiffani Thiessen also chose computer paper for her daughter's first day of school sign, which featured colorful handwriting and a quirky drawing of a narwahl.
Coordinating Pennant Flags
Jenna Bush Hager bought some cute pennant flags for her daughters Mila (6) and Poppy (4) in 2019. The girls started first grade and junior kindergarten, and Jenna documented the event on her Instagram account.