First day of school sign: Free download to personalize

It’s almost the first day of school (can you believe it?!) and kids everywhere are sure to be dressed, excited, and ready to go. BUT FIRST: The picture with the first day of school sign with the grade. Because we gotta. (Also gotta for the last day of school, so we have you covered there, too.)

When his little girl started kindergarten, Hallmark Font Designer Josh S. wanted to do more than mark the day. He wanted to capture a little piece of her dreams, and how they changed year after year. So he turned a piece of plywood into a chalkboard sign and got to work.

Custom chalk first day of school sign

Now that daughter is eight and her sister is starting kindergarten, and their first day of school sign is a family tradition. Every year, Josh letters their grade, and they very eagerly answer the important question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When the girls saw him customizing a printable version of the back to school sign for Think.Make.Share, they immediately started telling him what their signs should say this year. (With no concern whatsoever for the rules of a vs. an.)

Josh's girls on the first day of school.

Here’s how to print and personalize your first day of school sign.

What You’ll Need:

  • Free printable download (Print in color or black and white on card stock)
  • Chalk marker
  • Glue stick or spray mount (optional)
  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch foam core, or other heavyweight board (optional)
  • 8 1/2 x 11-inch picture frame (optional)

How to personalize your first day of school sign:

  • Run the free printable download through your printer. For more depth, print in color—but black and white will work, too.
  • If you just want to print it out and call it done, go with card stock.
  • To make it a little sturdier for the photo, you can glue the print to a foam core board or frame it.
  • Use the chalk marker to fill in the year (we left it blank so if you want to, you can reprint the same sign year after year) and your kiddo’s current career choice.

That’s it! Check out the mesmerizing process video:


We would love love love to see how you personalize Josh’s sign. Tag @think.make.share in your first day of school pics or share on our Facebook page!

Want more fun ways to commemorate the first day of school? Check out our Back To School section. Our friends at Ideas also have…you know, ideas.

Photos courtesy of Josh S.

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