Make Your Own Back-To-School Photo Prop

I admit that I am a big nerd. GIANT nerd. Back to school time has always been one of my favorite times of the year. As I was growing up, I was the girl who counted down the days until my mom took me school supply shopping. For me, there was nothing better than a ream of lined paper, new binders and a packet of shiny new pencils. I loved school so much that I stayed in undergrad for five years and then went on to law school for another three. See? BIG NERD ALERT.

When the day came that I was able to put my first baby in pre-pre-school, you better believe I did it. And on her first day, I set her up outside in the backyard holding a little sign that declared her new status as a mini-school girl. I was so excited for her! She was so confused.

This year, I decided that I wanted to make a fun Back-to-school frame that my cute little school girl could use for her obligatory "first day" pictures. It turned out so cute that I wanted to show you how to make this simple, inexpensive and adorable photo prop!


Back-To-School Photo Prop Materials

  • Large, empty frame (I picked mine up from a local thrift store for about a dollar)
  • Assorted back-to-school cut-outs (I found mine at the Target Dollar Spot, but they are also available at Dollar Stores, teacher supply stores and craft stores)
  • Hot glue gun


Baack-To-School Photo Prop


Lay out your frame on your work surface. Take out your cut-outs and play around with them until you find an arrangement you like.

Hot glue your winning arrangement onto the cheap frame.

Present it to your back-to-schooler with pride.

Snap a bazillion pictures in your backyard. Hooray!


Little girl holding the Back-To-School Photo Prop

Wasn't that simple? And isn't it the cutest? I chose addition, alphabet and animal flash cards because I felt like they represented the level of schooling that my daughter would be in for a couple of years. As she gets older, I'll make a new frame that has other types of things that are more representative of what she'll be learning in those years, and so on. The best thing about this project is that it's so cheap and easy that I can make a new one every couple of years or so as her schooling evolves.

As you can see, my goofball is just as excited about going back to school as I was! She's a smart cookie!



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Author: Cheyenne Bell

Cheyenne, a photographer and SAHM, resides with her amazing hubby, two crazy kiddos, a Border Collie and two evil cats in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Besides photography, her greatest passions include lots of coffee, autumn, flea markets, vintage finds, old books, and red wine. When she’s not wrangling babies or shooting them (with her camera, of course) you can find her over at her blog, Girl v. The World, where she writes about everything from DIY, decor, motherhood, and healthy living, to the occasional product review or giveaway of things she loves.

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