Children grow up so fast! The start of a new school year is one of the biggest milestones in their calendar. So why not create a back-to-school keepsake to help mark the occasion? It’s a great way to calm their nerves and get them excited about what lies ahead.
Creating a back-to-school keepsake from home is relatively easy. Often, it’s coming up with creative ideas that proves to be the biggest stumbling block! So if you’re looking for some school keepsake ideas, here are a few to get you started.
Handprint art ideas for a homemade back-to-school keepsake
Handprint (or footprint!) artwork is often the easiest and simplest option for your child. You only need paper, paint and a little imagination to create a work of art. Then you can simply add in any dates, names and ages, to turn it into a back-to-school keepsake.
If you’re looking for some ideas - check out the Fun Handprint Art website. I particularly love their First Day of School Handprint Fish, as it’s perfect for the youngest of children. Whilst over on the Juggling With Kids website, you’ll find a great Angry Bird Sign you can create.
Make your celebratory photo frame
This is an option that’s suitable for all ages. For the younger children, you can opt for a simple frame, such as the one on the iHeartCraftyThings website. Also, check out the Back-To-School Pencil Frame Craft over on the Stir The Wonder website.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger, so you can take framed photos to mark the event, there are options too. Neat House, Sweet Home by Flavia Andrews has a good one here.
Create a back-to-school keepsake box
A back-to-school keepsake box is another great keepsake idea. It’s perfect for packing away memories of the previous year and help get your child ready for the new school year ahead. You’ll find some simple options on the WikiHow page here. You’ll also find a complete guide to making a school memory box (and why you may want to!) over on the All Free Kids Crafts website.
Make a school year memory book
A school year memory book is a lovely way to celebrate every stage of your child’s school journey. You’ll find a comprehensive article on how to make a school memory book over on the Arts & Crackers website.
If you’re wondering what to put in a school year memory book, check out the Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams website.
Bury a time capsule
A time capsule is a great idea for any age group. You can choose whatever you like to put in it and decide where you stash it. If you’re looking for a simple solution, opt for a simply decorated shoebox (using the box from your child’s first pair of school shoes is a perfect choice!). Alternatively, look for a more robust stainless steel canister if you’re looking to bury your capsule.
Personal Creations website has a simple set of downloads you can use as prompts for your time capsule. If you want to know how to preserve everything in it, check out this blog on the Future Packaging & Preservation website.
Opt for a back-to-school keepsake you can keep with you
There are so many choices when it comes to making a simple keepsake to carry with you. Popular options include a pencil case or personalising your school backpack - you can then keep them once the school year is over. Alternatively, why not get your child to write notes, quotes and create little pictures to put in their lunch box, as these, too, can make for a simple keepsake.
If you’re looking for a simple way to thank your child’s teacher, check out our new printable keepsake. It’s got room for each child’s fingerprint, so your little ones and their friends can all say thank you to their teacher for helping them grow. Simply download, print and paint! You can get your copy of this free printable here.