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First Day of School Photo Frame

4:58 a.m. my eyes shot open. I had forgotten to set my alarm.

It’s here.

Five years, 4 months and 5 days ago, I couldn’t imagine this day ever coming.

In a blink of an eye, it’s here.

It’s the first day of school. I’ve never been more nervous.

I should clarify. It’s the first day of school for the Princess Cupcake. Kindergarten to be exact.

Outside I’m all, “It’s so exciting!” Inside I’m all, “Where did my little baby go?!

Since I was up so early, I made her eggs and pancakes and took them to her in bed, helped her put her uniform and new tennis shoes on. We packed her “personalized” (read, covered in pink cheetah and zebra paper) school clipboard in her new My Little Pony backpack, and blankie just in case she got scared. But best of all… we couldn’t forget to bring the photo frame for the first day of school pictures!

photo frame for 1st day of school

It’s super simple to put together and so fun. My friend Christina actually set an reminder on her calendar a YEAR ago for us to make these. So going against my natural tendency to start a project like this at 10 p.m. the night BEFORE I need it, we got everything ready ahead of time.

first day craft

Look at us. We’re so proud of our planning selves, we took pictures.

This was simple, you can do it too. Here’s how:

Go to the craft store and buy the biggest packaged black mat from the photo framing section. (Alternatively, you could get foam board and cut out the middle with an Xacto knife, but this was way easier.) Grab some large alphabet stickers and apple stickers from the scrapbook section, a few wooden accents and an oversized letter from the wood crafts section (I glittered the crosses), and some mustache duct tape from the kids section. Well, it doesn’t have to be mustaches but who doesn’t smile when they see mustaches???

We cut out the letters we wanted to use and arranged them before sticking them down. (Heaven forbid you have a green next to a green…) Hot glue your wood accents, stick down your stickers, then flip it over and make handles on the back of each side for them to hold onto.

mustache handles for photo booth frame

Remember to share you super cute frame with the other parents.

john and cyan first day - school photo frame

And it’s more fun when you put friends in the frame too.

teagan loden first day - school photo frame

cyan first day - school photo frame

And the teacher. 🙂

teacher first day of school photo frame

Happy 1st Day y’all!

family photo first day of school


  1. This looks amazing, Did you buy the letters or did you have to draw them and then cut them out?

    • Everything was straight out of the package!

    • Hi Kristin, I bought the letters! It was suuuuper easy!

  2. Thank you!!

  3. What great frames, but better yet those sweet kids inside! Trista, you are always finding great ways to use your creativity! Thinking of you all as we start school again! Hope all are well!

  4. what size frame did you use?

    • I’m pretty sure this is a mat for an 11 x 14 photo.

  5. How did you make the handles?

    • Hi Jessica, I just used duck tape. 🙂 Take two pieces, one long, one short. Stick the short one in the middle of the long one, sticky sides together and then take the two ends and stick them to the photo mat.

  6. Love it! Got it done a week before school starts(also uncharacteristic of me) Working on teacher gift and first day of school breakfast!

    • Yay Mom!!!! (I still have to do mine for this year… ooops.)

  7. NOOOOOOOO! She is not 5. She is not in Kindergarten. This is all some sick sick joke that I am reading. I can’t believe she’s all grown up. Next thing you know she’ll be meeting me at the Vintage House in her car. 🙁

    • I know, right?! I think we still have a little time. She told me on the way to school this morning that she “freaked out” yesterday because she was looking in the wrong backpack for blankie and couldn’t find her. <3



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