DIY Back to School Sign & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Back to School…..has it hit your house yet?  We started back to school a few weeks ago, and it has been in full swing ever since.  Looking back at the twins starting school, I didn’t do cutesy things like this DIY Back to School sign I made for our daughter.  I wish I had!  So now that our daughter is in First Grade, I am taking every chance to make cute memories of her first day of school.  This DIY Back to School sign was SO easy, and it came together very quickly.  Check it out!  Don’t forget to enter the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway below, so you can indulge in some extra craft supplies!


DIY Back to School Sign:


Silhouette Cameo/craft cutting machine

Oracle 651 Vinyl

14×14 Framed Chalkboard {I found mine on Amazon}

Transfer tape

Open a new design template on your Silhouette software.   You are working with the entire screen, in its 12×12 size. I found this was perfect for the chalkboard I had ordered.

Start inserting shapes in your design screen.  I added a banner at the top, and then the words “First Day of” to start.  Then, I worked my way down the screen, adding simple shapes and labels, as well as text.  I ended up with this:


Next, open up a new design template, and load some white Oracal 651 in your machine.  Copy and paste the banners and shapes onto the new design screen.  Since you are cutting them all in white, arrange them on there so you can fit as many as possible.  I could not fit all of them, which was fine.  To eliminate wasted vinyl, I just cut as many as I could, and then finished the rest on a new sheet of white.  Cut everything you need in white, and set it aside.


Next, in that same new design template, delete the shapes and copy and paste the text.   I wanted First Grade in a light shade of green, so I cut that first.  Then, I deleted those words and added “My teacher is”, AGE, DATE, and “When I grow up, I want to be:” to the design screen.  I cut those in purple.

Weed all the excess vinyl, separate the cut pieces, and apply transfer tape.

Starting at the top and apply your large banner shape.  From there, add First Day of and the rectangle below it. Continue working your way down the sign, until everything is in its place.


Did you know that glossy white Oracal 651 is naturally a dry erase surface?  So be sure to use that for your writing space.  Add your words, and you have  cute photo prop for those first day of school photos!


I love this project for several reasons. First, its reusable, and I am excited to see how the responses, and the cute face, change over the years.  Second, it is so easy to make it for boys, girls, or a gender neutral one if you have boys and girls in your family.  Plus it is SO easy!  It is a great project for people who have used their machine a few times, and want to venture out to using a variety of fonts, colors, and shapes on a project.  Are you ready for some more fall fun?

Check out the posts below from my fellow Silhouette Challenge ladies for some amazing inspiration.  Don’t forget to enter the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  The fall crafting season is upon us!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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1. Small Stuff Counts // 2. My Favorite Finds // 3. Two Purple Couches // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Practically Functional // 6. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. Ginger Snap Crafts // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. Sisters, What! // 11. Create & Babble // 12. HaberdasheryFun // 13. Curly Crafty Mom // 14. unOriginal Mom

Amazon Giveaway


And because we not only want to inspire you creatively, but help provide you with the tools to make that happen, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are hosting a giveaway for a $140 Amazon gift card for one lucky winner. You can put that prize toward a Silhouette machine, supplies, or whatever your crafting heart desires.

The best part? This giveaway is open to international readers, as well. Whoo hoo!

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Carrie is the author and founder of My Favorite Finds. She likes to share her Disney travel tips, crafts, recipes, and ways that she finds JOY everyday in her life! She believes that everyday brings new joy, and that everyone needs to have a little happiness in their life! She is the wife to a sweet pastor, and mom to three kiddos-twin boys and a princess girl. Carrie is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, where she enjoys making MAGICAL vacation memories for everyone! Contact her today at to start YOUR vacation planning!


  1. What a cute project idea! It will be really fun to look back and see how the answers change through the years. Thanks for the Silhouette inspiration!

  2. I love how your sign turned out!! I had no idea that the glossy Oracal could be used as a dry-erase surface – definitely need to remember this for future projects 🙂

  3. Super cute! Great idea 🙂

  4. Your signs turned out adorable (and so is your little model)! Thanks for the great tutorial….I had no idea that Oracal 651 acts as a dry erase board! Now you’ve got my crafty wheels a’spinning! 😉
    Christine | Where The Smiles Have Been recently posted…Spooktacular Monogram Onesie for Baby’s First Halloween + GIVEAWAY!My Profile

  5. Love using dry erase for this instead of chalkboard – easier to write on and take care of, and a better chance of it surviving all the way til high school haha. And I never knew that 651 worked as a dry erase surface, great tip!
    Meredith | unOriginal Mom recently posted…“Happy Fall Y’all” Cotton Wreath and a GIVEAWAY!My Profile

  6. That is an adorable project for the sweet girl. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. How clever! My Silhouette Cameo machine just arrived (purchased using my gift card, THANK YOU!) – I have sooo much to learn, but having fun trying out all the different techniques. Thank you for this tutorial, it is very helpful!

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