This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All opinions are 100% mine.
I made these adorable wooden frames with M to hang his back-to-school photos in his room. I thought it’s a really sweet way to remind him of his best first day of school ever! He also really enjoyed bonding with me while crafting them.
The back-to-school season can be one of the most hectic for moms like me. With M home all day, and lots of shopping, prepping, decision-making and car pool arranging to do, Seattle’s Best Coffee helps me nail all these tasks.
To help make the first day of school the best day for mom and kid, Seattle’s Best Coffee created the Best Day List – a suite of free printables!
You’ll find recipes to go with your coffee, lunch box notes, a cool apple craft, and even a coupon to help you save on your coffee!
You’ll also find these adorable photo props – perfect for taking first day photos – or for using in these wooden frames!
A cool alternative to this craft is to frame your first day questionnaire! If your child can read, this is an awesome way to help them remember how they felt on the first day of school.
For me, starting the year off right means the perfect cup of coffee! I sometimes need to be reminded to care for myself, but coffee is the one area where I won’t compromise! Seattle’s Best Coffee® offers me a smoother, premium flavor at an affordable price – it only costs a little more.
Have fun taking your first day photos! Let your child dress up a little – if he or she wants to! Decorate a crown, jump, dance, loosen up. It’s a great way to start the first day on a fun note.
The free printable photo props we got from Seattle’s Best Coffee were so cute that M wanted to hang it right up in his room. I thought it would be sweet to add the photos that we took without props to them.
M made his frame with craft sticks, so we printed a smaller photo using one of the props.
He is so proud to have these back to school wooden frames hanging in his room! Seattle’s Best Coffee® has truly helped me create an amazing first day of school experience for him and create some valuable memories.
What you need to make DIY wooden frames for your back to school photos:
- First day of school photos, printed out.
- Optional: your favorite photo prop.
- For the grown-up version: four thinner and two thicker dowels
- For the kid version: Two wide and four regular craft sticks
- Optional: paint – we used watercolors
- White cotton twine
- Hot glue gun (adults only) OR school glue
- Yellow origami paper
How to make some DIY wooden frames to remember the best day ever!
Prep a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee® and start crafting!
1. Measure and mark the placement of your dowels so that it fits your printed prop.
2. (Adults only) Use hot glue to attach them together.
3. To add a nautical twist (since it’s a pirate, right?) I wrapped some white bakers twine around the corners a few times and tied it off in the back.
4. Make your hanger: cut six strands about nine inches long and knot them together at the top.
5. Attach your hanger to the two top corners. Wrap it around the corners so that it forms an X in the front and knot it off in the back.
6. For the kid version, we used craft sticks hot glued (by an adult) together. Your child can do it alone if you use plain school glue – it just needs time to dry. M painted it using watercolors (blue for water – his idea!!) I hot glued a simple hanger made of twine to the back.
7. If you want to embellish it with a back to school theme, make some origami school buses!
8. Glue on your school buses.
9. If you’re doing a full frame, just tape or glue your back to school photo (using your Best Day photo props, of course) onto the back of the frame.
10. And if you want to incorporate the photo props into your frame, you can do that too! Just remove the cut-outs by cutting on the dashed lines. And then tape your photos (make sure that they are larger than the holes, which vary in size) to the back.
11. (Adults only) place a hanger on the wall. And now even your child can help by placing it onto the hanger!
M is SO proud of his Best Day memory that he created – and he loves that “Mommy’s project” is hanging next to his! We placed it in his bedroom, where he can remember the first day of school every morning when he wakes up.