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

editable first day of school signsHave you been looking for an 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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Do you enjoy the chalkboard designs as much as I do? Check out another fun tutorial – making your own chalkboard birthday poster! With a free template to download and video tutorial to follow.

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!

A copyright note: These designs are meant for personal use only. You are not allowed to redistribute, alter or copy the designs for other than original purpose without a written permission. Thank you for understanding. 

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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. I love these! Thank you! My son is off to Kindergarten this week so this came at just the right time!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. Thank you SO MUCH! I homeschool and this was a God send! God Bless you for being so giving! 🙂

  12. Thank you so much. I made one for my daughter and one for my nephew who are starting Kindergarten this year. They will be holding these signs for the rest of their schooling years!

    • Tina, I am happy you like them so much! I am planning to make matching signs for the Last day of school year in the near future. Make sure to come back to get those as well if that’s something you would be interested in.

  13. THANK YOU!!! It is very nice of you to allow us to use these. Once again, Thank You.

  14. I absolutely loved these! I downloaded the file, created a canva account. Then when I log in and click “create a design” nothing happens. It does not give me the option to upload. Please help.

    • Jill! Have you tried logging out/in again? Then skip the “create a design” and click the US Letter in the first row on top. It is normally listed there. If that doesn’t help let me know again.

  15. I absolutely LOVE this! Thanks for all your design efforts and generously sharing. I appreciate it more than you know.

  16. i was curious i have a macbook air apple and im trying to do one also and the only thing thats not working. well technically that im not doing that you are, is that you are clicking something up time of screen above make public. what are you clicking?

    • Hannah, in the end I click on Download PDF Print, it is right next to Make public. Is that what you mean?

  17. Thank you so much! These were amazing to do for my two boys, one starting Kindergarten the other starting Preschool. I have shared this site in my Mom’s group as I know other will love them as much as I do! Using http://www.canva.com was SO easy and will definitely be using it from now on whenever I have to do any design stuff…especially birthday cards, invites, etc.

    Thank you again for sharing your talents! If you end up doing matching last day of school ones I will definitely be using those as well!

    • Thank you for sharing, Claire! Yes, I love Canva and find it very helpful when making my own designs. I will definitely be adding last day of school signs as well, so make sure to come back for those.

  18. Hi! I am having problems downloading the files. Does this work on a mac? When I right click it just goes to a web page. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Love your style, thanks for all the mommy hacks and help!

    • The first day of school white lined version that I can use with Canva. I would need a boy and girl version. Do you happen to know why I can’t download them though? I love so much of your stuff, would love to be able to download more from your site in the future. When I right click, it just brings it into a separate web window and saves the jpeg as the web page vs the single document. Thanks so much for the quick reply!!

    • Maybe I found the answer. You probably don’t have right click enabled on your Mac, so anytime you want to right click to save the image, hold down control (ctrl) button on your keyboard as well. Basically, ctrl+click. That should solve the problem for the future. I am really happy to hear you like my printables. I will send you an email with the images just to make sure. Let me know if this solution worked.

  19. Hi! I love your signs but wanted you to know that you misspelled school in the orange rectangular box that’s halfway down the page.

  20. When I use canvas and stretch my pic out it’s blurry. Not crisp like yours in your video tutorial. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Courntey, yes. The problem is most likely that you saved the thumbnail image from my page. You need to click the design you want on my page first so it opens in a new window and then save the image. Let me know if that helped.

  21. Hello,
    I love these – thank you! Would you consider creating a matching set for the last day of school? I would love it!

    • Rebecca! Thank you, glad you like them. Yes, the matching Last day of school signs are on my to-do list in the upcoming months. Make sure to stop by again to get those as well.

  22. Hi I have made one for my daughter, but when I go to download it tells me to “try again later”…? any suggestions on how else I can print out?

    • It sounds like your internet connection was interrupted while editing. It has happened to me before. Try to refresh the site (you might lose some changes) and then try again. Canva usually saves your work every few seconds, so the majority of your editing should be saved.

  23. This is awesome! Unfortunately we don’t know which teacher my child will have, so I’m trying to edit that out. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to change the base layout of it though. If you have any advice, that would be great!

    • Kristina! Unfortunately, you can’t change the layout, it is a template to be simply filled out. If you want a custom layout head over to Etsy. You can get a fully customized back to school sign there for quite cheap.

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