I love celebrating the Back To School season with my kids. There’s something so exciting about filling backpacks with school supplies, shopping for school clothes, and meeting new teachers. Our family has a simple First Day of School tradition. We take a photo of each child on their way to school. It’s a fun way to kick off the school year, and we can compare First Day of School photos with Last Day of School photos to see how much the kids have grown.
When Michaels sent me a gift card and asked me to share a Back To School craft, I knew I wanted it to be something special. Something that could become part of our First Day of School tradition. I created this First Day of School Photo Prop for my family and yours. I’ll tell you everything you need and how make this photo prop. My sister is an elementary school teacher, and she plans to make one of these photo frame props to take pictures of her students throughout the school year.
I designed this photo prop to be used on ANY special day of school. The star is painted with Chalkboard Paint, which means you can use chalk and eraser to change the dates. For example, change the star from “1st” to read “100th” or “Last” and you instantly have a photo prop for the 100th Day of School and/or the Last Day of School.
You can find everything you need to make this First Day of School Photo Prop at Michaels stores.
- Unfinished wooden photo frame (large enough to frame child’s face when held)
- 2-3 cans of different colored spray paint
- 1 can of Chalkboard Paint
- 1 wood star
- Unpainted wooden letters: D-A-Y, O-F, S-C-H-O-O-L
- Elmer’s Carpenters Wood Glue (or hot glue gun)
Spray paint the unfinished wooden frame one color. Select a different color(s) and spray paint the wooden letters. Spray paint the wood star with Chalkboard Paint. Add a second layer or spray paint to frame, letters, and wood star if needed. Allow all to dry overnight.
Position wood star and wood letters on the photo frame as desired. Use Elmer’s Carpenters Wood Glue (or a hot glue gun) to attach wood star and letters to the photo frame. Allow glue to dry completely.
Now you are ready for Back To School photo fun!
Project Photos and Tips:
TIP: Use Chalkboard Paint on the Star so you can write with chalk, and change the Star from “1st” to “100th” and “Last” Day of School for even more photo opp fun.
Do you have any Back to School traditions? Do you take your child’s photo on the first day of school? Share your back to school celebration ideas with us in the comments.