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My DIY Brag-Worthy First Day of School Banner

Heels in the Hills’ resident mommy blogger Barbara King is back for her weekly post on motherhood in Los Angeles… And she continues to straight up kill the Pinterest game. HOW CUTE IS THIS 1ST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN PIC OF HER DAUGHTER. (Statement, not a question, obviously. I mean, look. She is perfection.)

I thought I had everything covered for my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. Cute little lunchbox packed. Outfit picked. Alarm set.

Then, as we were almost on our way out the door, I gasped. I totally forgot to get one of those fun “First Day of School” signs for your child to hold, for you to photograph, and then, after you wipe away your tears, for you to proudly post on Facebook. And really, if you don’t post it on Facebook – did it actually happen?

I had to act quickly and tried to make my own 5-second “First Day of School” sign out of a cute chalkboard sign I got on sale at Michael’s and use in my daughter’s Study Nook. It didn’t really look right and certainly was not the brag-worthy sign I had hoped for.

My DIY Brag-Worthy First Day of School Banner

So, I took a deep breath, practiced a rare moment of “let it be,” and left to walk to my daughter’s school sans the First Day photo op. However, when we returned from drop-off, I scrounged for some crafty items I had lying around and realized I could still create something fun and just bring it to her school at pick-up. I got straight to work, and am so proud of how my little project turned out.

I made a colorful First Day Banner – with just one word on it: KINDERGARTEN.

My DIY Brag-Worthy First Day of School Banner

{ My 2-year old was my little helper for this project, hence his adorable feet in the photo. }

It’s super easy! All you need to make your own are:

  • Colorful Paper
  • String
  • Scissors
  • A Marker

My DIY Brag-Worthy First Day of School Banner

The papers I used were mixed pieces of colored cardstock I had hiding in various places, and if they were larger, I cut them all down to 5″x7″. Then I wrote thick letters that spelled out KINDERGARTEN using a black sharpie. Finally, I poked two holes into the top of each paper and strung the string through to make a banner. A hole-puncher would have been so much more convenient than blindly stabbing paper with a pair of scissors and since doing this project I have actually purchased one.

All together it took me less than 15 minutes and I got the cutest, homemade sign as a result.

For those who are going back to school this week – hope you’re having a great week back in school!

*Note on the featured photo: Barbara used the PicFrame app to add text onto her First Day pic.

Barbara King-Wilson is an actress and writer living with her family in Los Angeles. Follow her @TheBarbaraKing and visit her at!

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