I love taking pictures of my kids on the first day of school every year. This post on How to Make First Day of School Number Props is going to show you how I made the number props we used for our first day pictures this year!
The idea for big numbers just came to me and I knew it would be a pretty simple prop to make. I was really thrilled with how they turned out and the fun thing is that you can personalize them as much or as little as you want!
I used things I already had on hand to make these and I love when I don't have to spend any extra money on a project!!
How To Make First Day of School Number Props
1. Cut Out Large Numbers:
I wanted the numbers to be BIG! I stink at free hand drawing so I decided to use my cutting machine for the numbers. The Cricut Explore One machine would make this project a breeze! I used a piece of very thick 12 x 12 cardstock so that it would be sturdy and not bend over. I wanted large numbers so I cut my numbers very close to 12 inches tall. If you don't have a cutting machine you could draw a very large number on your cardstock and cut it out. You may be able to find large number stencils at a craft store as well!
2. Paint or Decorate the Numbers:
I have children at various grades and with very different personalities so our numbers are unique! My oldest is a senior this year and honestly…wasn't too big on holding the numbers in the first place. He refused to plan out what he was wearing for the first day in advance so that I could color coordinate his numbers….so he got what he got, LOL! My oldest daughter wanted to decorate her number herself and did a great job. I did my 4th grade daughter's number and tried to match it to the shirt she was planning to wear that day.
My oldest daughter covered the number 9 with Mod Podge Sparkle and then added embellishments along the edges. It turned out really cute and now my 4th grader wants me to save it so she can use it in 5 years LOL! (don't count on that happening 😆 ) Here is a close up of the embellishments and the pretty glittery Mod Podge!
I made the number 12 very simple…spray painted it with some paint I found in the garage…orange. It ended up looking great with what my son wore that day. He didn't want it to be too girly and I didn't think it was…if anything it was too Halloweeny! 🙂
3. Paint Your Paint Stir Sticks
I wanted each number to have a handle and knew I had a bunch of wooden paint stir sticks in the garage. I used spray paint that I had on hand and painted each stick. If you don't have paint stir sticks you could use a dowel rod as a handle.
4. Attach Wooden Stick to Number
I used another one of my favorite crafting items…hot glue to attach my wooden stick to my number. If you don't have a hot glue gun you could try using E6000 which is a really strong permanent craft adhesive.
Now all you have to do is have your kids hold the number that represents what grade they will be in this year and start snapping pictures! You can make new numbers every year and even let your children help!