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First Day of School Photo Prop

Whew it has been a long time since I have shared an easy everyday craft project. I’ve been so wrapped up in home decor projects, there has been no time for general fun crafts. Well today I have a fun back to school project that is cheap and easy to make, no saws required! This first day of school photo prop will only take a few minutes to put together, and you can keep it to use year after year!

Easy Back to School Photo Prop. Use year after year for consistent photos. Free Silhouette Cut File

Plus I’ve teamed up with a few of my favourite gals who have other back to school ideas, be sure to follow along at the bottom of the post.

To create this reversible back to school photo prop you’ll need to make a quick craft store stop, but don’t worry, it won’t run over $5!

You will need:

  • 1 wooden photo frame. I chose the photo frame because it was only $1, but a wood plaque would work too, Michaels has lots of options.
  • 2 laser cut wood plaques
  • 2 Chalkboard tags (package of two in the fun finds at Michaels)
  • Craft paint and brush
  • Glue (I used wood glue, but hot glue or craft glue will work too)
  • White Vinyl from Expressions Vinyl (if you don’t have a Silhouette or other cutter, you can paint the text also).

How to make a back to school

  • First paint all your pieces, be sure to paint both sides of the photo frame. Allow to dry.
  • Glue each rectangle to the centre of the photo frame covering the hole.
  • Download the Silhouette cut file HEREOr print the image below if you’d like to paint it, then use this pencil transfer method.
  • Apply the vinyl text to each side of frame, leaving space for the chalkboard tag.
  • Apply the chalkboard tag with glue to the frame. Optional you can poke a thumb tack or nail into the hole of the tag.

Easy Back to School Photo Prop. Use year after year for consistent photos. Free Silhouette Cut FileNow all you need to do is remember to snap a pic on the first and last day… and don’t forget where you put it for next year!

I did purposely make it small so it would be easy to tuck into a drawer, to use year after year.

Download the cut file here

Free Silhouette Cut file for a back to school photo prop

Quick back to school craft. Reversable, Last day of school on the back. Use year after year!

It really makes a quick and easy photo prop perfect for back to school!

Easy Back to School Photo Prop. Use year after year for consistent photos. Free Silhouette Cut File

Be sure to check out these other fun Back to School ideas

Come see some more back-to-school DIY ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

Awesome back to school craft ideas


Clockwise, they are:

First Day of School Photo Prop from Fynes Designs (that’s me)

DIY Emoji Notebook from Craftberry Bush

Preschool Art Smock from The DIY Mommy

Back To School Minion Treat Bucket +Free Printable Tag from Echoes of Laughter

Kid Craft: Flower Pencil Bouquet from Suburble

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  1. I love it, Virginia! When I first saw this, I thought, “Did she cut this out with her saw?”

    But no – even I can make this! Love it!

    1. That was my goal, something anyone can make. Glad you love it!

  2. Super cute! And it looks like its something that I can actually make. I already have the same paints from Michaels. Love that its designed to use year after year. But, like you said, the hard part is remembering where I put it!

  3. I love this idea. I’m going to make it, perfect prop for moms and photographers!

  4. This is so clever and adorable! Thanks for sharing! I too have been working on so many home decor projects that it’s been nice to get a fun craft in there. Your daughter is so sweet, too!

  5. I love it Virginia! I wish my kids were still little! Your daughter is a pretty adorable model for Mom’s project too! Have a great weekend!

  6. What an adorable project and anybody can do this. You made the directions so simple to follow and it could be made into any other countdown! Is your daughter the model? She’s adorable!

    1. Hey thanks Robin, yes thats my little grade 1, she is super excited for school to start. Glad you stopped by today

  7. What a great idea Virginia! I pinned this for future inspiration when my grandson starts school (he’s only 5 months old so I’m really thinking ahead). LOL

  8. How cute! I love that it’s not only reversible but re-usable year after year, and not hard or expensive to put together.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  9. Such a cute idea…thanks for sharing. Popping over from FOODIE FRIDAY! Check out number 331 for another ‘first day of school idea’ which is a tradition from Germany. Love you blog!

  10. These are really cute. I wish we had thought to do something like this when my kids were in school Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  11. Meredith Roan says:

    What are the fonts used in the file? TIA

    1. Its been a while, but I’m quite sure KG Two is Better than one

  12. Christina Benson says:

    I made it! My son’s first day of school (1st grade!) pictures turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. I love this! I just got the silhouette cameo. I have the frame all done but I’m trying to print the words and transfer to the frame and I am having a super hard time. I have watched tons of videos but nothing seems to work ?

    1. Are you using adhesive transfer? If you want to PM me, I may be able to help

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