Editable first day of school signs [UPDATED version with a Canva tutorial]

editable first day of school signsHave you been looking for editable first day of school signs lately? There are many paid options out there. But today I have a treat for you. An editable back to school sign completely free!

On top of that, you can choose your preferred colors – basic colors, for girls or for boys from two entirely different designs. A chalkboard sign and a paper sign.

You also have an option to simply print out the desired design and fill it out by hand. Or you can do it in an image editing program.


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Option #1: When you need editable back to school sign fast

In case you are in a hurry to get this done as quickly as possible or you simply don’t feel like putting extra work into editing these templates, this first option will work great for you.

Simply choose your desired editable back to school sign (the PDF version), print it out and complete it in handwriting.

A few useful tips: 

1. When choosing the right colored pen or marker, the easiest way is to go for a color that is already in the design (pink/purple, blue/green, red/blue). It is a safe bet that will make your customizing way quicker.

2. Experiment with different marker tips for different sections to easily blend in your handwriting. Check-out these double-ended markers to see what I mean.

3. Practice on a piece of paper first. Try different letter sizes to see how they’ll fit in the design. Adjust accordingly.

For this option, make sure to download the PDFs, not JPEGs! 

Click on the links or images below.

Free customizable first day of school signs PDF

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The first day of school signs chalkboard PDF

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Option #2: Edit your first day of school sign template using a free online editing tool Canva

Another option is to customize the template with an image editing program. If you already have Photoshop or Illustrator, that’s great.  I think they are the best options for any image editing needs.

But for those of you who prefer a free image editing tool, there is Canva.

I use it all the time to create images for this website.

It can be super easy challenging for some to use therefore I finally put together a video tutorial you can follow. I hope it will be helpful!

Another option is to use PowerPoint if it is available to you.

For this second option, download the JPEG version of the one design you like.

Here is how to do it.

Click on the image below so it opens up in a new tab, then use right-click to Save image as. 

Remember where on your computer you saved it!

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Go to www.canva.com and start editing.

Here are the Canva fonts that I used in the designs (so you don’t spend hours trying to find the right ones):

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When you are finished, make sure you download a PDF Print version for the best quality prints. 

Last thoughts

I hope these free editable first day of school signs will make the first day of school very special in your family. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help with these.

If you have a spare minute, please share these with your mom friends and pin them on Pinterest please!

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  1. These are awesome!! Thank you! I made one for my daughter and my friend’s daughter. They turned out great! Thank you for the hint as to what fonts you used, that made it much easier to create these. I had never used Canva before, let alone heard of it, and they have a lot of fonts on there so it would have taken awhile if I had to pick my own. Thanks again!

    • I am happy you found the article helpful, Emily! I am planning to make similar printables for the Last day of school, so make sure to come to check them out when the time comes 😉

  2. Any idea how to crop the First day of school image to a full 8×10 page? I am not to savvy with Canva and I finally figured out how to edit on the printable page, but for some reason it is not a full page to print.

    • Jackie! The designs are 8.5x11in. If you decide to make them into a different size, they might not fit perfectly. But 8×10 is doable. Once you make you create your 8×10 document in Canva and drag the image on it, just pull the corners of the image to resize it. Then drag it to center it. You will end up with a thin white border, but that still looks good. Let me know if you need more help.

  3. I’m trying to do this…maybe it’s my browser (Safari), but I’m not finding Canva easy to navigate at all!

    • I am working on a video tutorial. I will post it tonight, so make sure to come and check again tomorrow. It should help you and other readers to edit the signs.

  4. I cheated and printed the sign out and laminated it. I will use dry erase markers in various colors and then I can just keep re-using the same template year after year since the chalkboard ones don’t have the year on them!

    • That is a great idea! Maybe others can do the same. I am planning to update them for next school year as well as adding the Last Day of School version soon. Glad you like it!

  5. Hi, I like this a lot! But, I’m having trouble determining how to pick out the chalkboard. Can you please advise? I’ve downloaded the canvas.com but, how do you start?

    • Robin! It is on http://www.canva.com, not canvas. If you downloaded some additional program you don’t need that. Have you seen the video I posted? That should guide you how to upload the image and add text to it. You can even try to do what one other reader told me about in previous comments. She simply laminated an empty design and she is going to use dry erase markers to fill it out repeatedly year after year. That sounds like a brilliant idea as well.

  6. Oh my! This was such a life saver! I procrastinate every year and spend hours trying to get a poster. This literally took me 15 minutes and it was so easy. Thank you so much!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone for FREE!!! I had never used Canva and found your tutorial to be extremely helpful! I will be back to your site and to use Canva again. Happy school year to you and your littles!

  8. Hi! I love this so much and am working on it for my twins’ first day of preschool, I am using Canva and followed the above directions but it is continuing to show up blurry…. my text is clear, but difficult to read the chalkboard writing…. any tips?

    • Lisa! What probably happened is that you downloaded the thumbnail picture from my website. You need to actually click on the image so it opens in a new window in your browser. And save that one, the big image. Then it shouldn’t be blurry anymore. Let me know if this helps or if you need more help.

  9. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your expertise! The YouTube video is awesome! I loved modifying your beautiful first day of school template and cannot wait to use it as a warm up with my class on our first day of school. Thank you again!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Susie. I am happy you like it!

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