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11 free printables for the cutest DIY first-day-of-school signs

May the Pinterest gods smile on you this back-to-school season.
by Terri Peters / / Source: TODAY

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On more than one occasion, I've been complimented for being a "put-together mom" who takes first-day-of-school photos of my kids holding signs marking the grade they're beginning.

This assessment is so far from the truth, it's scary. Case in point, my kids' back-to-school photo from last year.

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My kids, Bennet and Kennedy, begged to wear pixelated sunglasses in last year's back-to-school photos.Terri Peters

Yes, those signs are upside down, and those are pixelated sunglasses? A last-minute Amazon Prime order after they begged for them because of something they saw on YouTube. I don't ask questions.

The truth is, most years, I'm rummaging in my garage for picture frames at 9 p.m. the night before and praying the Pinterest gods will provide a printable sign that doesn't require money or a lengthy download process.

So far, it's worked out. But I'm far from put-together.

For the rest of my not-put-together sisters, I'm doing the work early this year, rounding up some of the cutest free-and-easy back-to-school sign downloads. You're welcome.

The only thing I can't do for you is hunt down an unused 8 X 10 frame in your basement. Or make sure your printer has toner — you might want to check on that before the big day, too.

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