First day of school frame



Have you seen this idea on Pinterest? You take an old frame and decorate it and then use it to take pictures of your kiddos on special days.

I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m going back into the classroom and guess what grade I’m teaching? I thought it would be fun to use this to take pictures of all the students on the first day of school. I’ll use the photos as a bulletin board and then send them home with the kids to give to their parents.

I found an old, awful frame. I should’ve taken a picture of it before this because it was UGLY.


It’s probably a good idea to put something under it when you spray paint it. Our grass is nearly dead anyway, so I figured a little color in it wasn’t going to hurt.

I used my Zing and drew a 7″ star in Make the cut and then used a Lettering Delights font to type the text. I cut everything out with paper and with chipboard. I had to make about 5 passes on the chipboard. I’m not entirely sure I was using a blue blade. I also bumped the force all the way up to 160 and slowed the speed down to 8. It makes the machine go reaallllyyyy sllloooowwwwwww…but I think I got a cleaner cut that way.

I used decoupage to glue the paper onto the chipboard.


I inked the edges with an orange stamp pad and then stuck the letters on the frame with foam tape. 20140810-IMG_4205


I got to thinking it might be cool to use velcro so you can change out the lettering depending on the event: birthday, first day of kindergarten, etc.

I asked Mini Me if I could cut out “First Day of High School” but I was denied.

I did ask her to pretend to be a 2nd grader and model for me.


She’s a good sport.


I told her it was going on a website and she said she didn’t care.



Well. Hope this gave you a cool idea to try. I’m making all sorts of classroom stuff with my Zing, so be prepared for a bunch of classroom related stuff in the future. I’ll try to start making some files to share again.

Until next time, Stay Classy KNK-ers.


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