Create this fun and colorful first day of school picture frame that can be updated for every school year (and for last days of school too!)
My first day of school photo frame project is sponsored by DecoArt. All ideas and opinions shared are my own.
I always love seeing first day of school photos popping up in my feed at back to school time each year. Although many of us may have a love/not-so-love relationship with social media, being able to witness special milestones of friends and family that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise is certainly a positive. Before I know it, I’ll be posting first day of school pics for my little babe!
I love the idea of this interchangeable first day of school picture frame… it can be used for first days of school or last days of school and for every year. And because no one has time for mass crafting at back to school time, it’s super quick to make. Win-win! Here’s how you can easily make your own first day of school frame for your kids or those of friends and family:
DIY First Day of School Picture Frame Tutorial
- Picture frame
- Americana Multi-surface Satin paints in Lipstick, Poppy, Canary, True Blue, Turf Green and Iris
- Paint brush
- White canvas board or thick poster board
- Chalkboard vinyl
- Red card stock
- Scrapbook adhesive roller
- Letter stickers or colored chalk
- Mini clothes pins
- Clear adhesive
Remove the glass from your picture frame. The backing of the frame I used was a thick poster board so I used that as the canvas to paint on. If the backing of your frame won’t work, you can either cut a heavy piece of poster board to the size of your frame or you could also cover whatever the backing of your frame is with a heavy paper (like watercolor paper or very thick card stock) and paint onto that.
Using a flat paint brush, paint brush strokes onto the frame backing. Don’t worry about them being exactly uniform, the inconsistency is fun for back to school!
Cut a piece of heavy poster board, red card stock and a piece of chalkboard vinyl all to 4 ½” x 6 ½”.
Decorate the chalkboard vinyl with the appropriate details for your first day of school picture frame. You can use paint for the permanent parts and colored chalk or stickers or whatever combination and configuration you’d like for the interchangeable parts. Glue the chalkboard vinyl onto a heavy piece of poster board.
Attach your first day of school photo (once you’ve taken it!) onto the red card stock with a tape runner or scrapbook adhesive.
Attach the mini clothes pins to the painted background with a clear adhesive.
I ended up painting the mini clothes pins blue for a little more pop than the natural color they were. Once the adhesive has dried, you can hang the little chalkboard and photo from the clothes pins.
Now your first day of school picture frame is ready for that first day of school photo!