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Say awww! 9 printable signs take back-to-school pictures to adorable new levels

by Lexi Dwyer /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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School is coming, and soon your Instagram feed will be dominated by first-day photos of cute kids holding cute signs. (Pro tip: Not only does a sign mark the occasion, giving a fidgety kid something to hold usually results in a better shot.)

This year, be the parent with the sign: Check out these nine downloadable options created by the artists at TODAY, each worthy of a spot in your family album.

DIY back to school signs - Hello My Name Is
Print out these easy back-to-school signs - perfect for the parent who wants to capture a memory without all the fuss!Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

1. Basic grade sign

Here's our version of the classic, no-fuss sign that launched the trend.

DIY back to school signs - classic and simple grade sign
DIY back to school signs - perfect for the parent who wants to capture a memory without all the fuss!Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Download the sign to print.

2. Just add scissors

This one's still simple — just cut around the border to add a little extra oomph. Use a popsicle stick to turn it into a sign. (It helps to add an extra piece of paper or posterboard to keep it from getting floppy.)

DIY back to school signs - classic and simple grade sign
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

3. Fill-in-the-blank chalkboard

Like a mini time capsule, this sign not only announces the grade, but also records fun facts about your kiddo from year to year.

DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank chalkboard
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Download the sign. Or choose the black and white version.

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4. Fill-in-the-blank notebook sheet

It's similar to the chalkboard above, but with a looseleaf vibe.

DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank notebook
TODAY Show: DIY back to school signs - perfect for the parent who wants to capture a memory without all the fuss! -- August 4, 2016Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Print your sign here.

5. "Grade" pennants

Because everything is cuter when it's shaped like a flag, and this sign also doubles as a craft project: Kids will love cutting out the triangles and attaching them to pens, pencils or chopsticks.

DIY back to school signs - grade pennant, flag
TODAY Show: DIY back to school signs - perfect for the parent who wants to capture a memory without all the fuss! -- August 4, 2016Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Print your flags for Kindergarten. And for grades 1 to 8!

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6. Hashtags

For those tweens and older kids who might sigh deeply and roll their eyes when you ask them to hold a sign, this one says it all. (Also a cute way to get younger sibs involved!)

DIY back to school signs - #TooCoolForSchool
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Get #toocoolforschool or #senioryear signs.

7. Nametag

If you let your child write his name himself each year, you'll capture his current handwriting and also get to watch its progression as he gets older.

DIY back to school signs - Hello My Name Is
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
DIY back to school signs - Hello My Name Is
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Pick your child's favorite color from our name signs here!

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8. Marble composition cover

It's hard to think of a better back-to-school prop than the front of one of these splotchy, iconic notebooks.

DIY back to school signs - marble composition book cover
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Get your composition sign here.

9. "Grade" garland

To make a fun, festive garland, cut out the letters and your child's corresponding grade and string them together. For a little extra flair, use colored printer paper. Try hanging it over a mantle or front door.

DIY back to school signs - grade garland
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Print your grade garland here.

Looking for other back-to-school ideas? Head to TODAY's back-to-school Pinterest board for more delightful ideas.

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