Back to School Decorating – Photo Banner

This post is brought to as part of my partnership with Command Brand



It seems the country is on staggered starts for schools – so some of your are already in and some of you are like us – and hanging on tight to the last days of summer.  We are at a major change stage here with our oldest starting high school!  So, I decided to create a BTS photo banner to reflect back on our first-days-of-school of the past.

We all take that picture – of them going off on their first day – so we can remember.  Actually, I have a little pit in my stomach as a write this – high school and seventh grade.  Simply, overwhelming.

Full disclosure – I put the pumpkins there for the pictures, but then I took them down.  I wanted to have the fall mood for the pictures, but we are still in full summer mode in these parts!




And, one of my favorite parts of this project is that it was super quick and easy.




First, gather all of your materials.  You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Photos – I chose to print mine in black and white and I printed them on white card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Cutter (or just scissors works too!)
  • Decorative Card stock of your choice.
  • Hole Punch
  • Adhesive roller or a glue stick
  • Command Brand Decorating Hooks




Start by trimming your photos and your card stock.  I chose to cut my photos to 3.5 x 5 and my paper to 4 x 5.5, but it really is a personal choice.




Use your adhesive to attach the photos to the card stock.




Use your hole punch to put a hole in each of the top corners.




Cut your ribbon to the size of your space where you will be hanging in and string the ribbon through the holes.  I chose to leave lots of space so that I can add more photos over time.




Next, clean the area where you will hanging the Command Brand decorative clips with isopropyl alcohol.  Remove the black wall strip and hold it in place where you will be hanging it, for 30 seconds.  Then remove the blue strip and put the hook in place, holding it in place for 30 seconds.  Do the same on the other side.




Then hang your banner from the hooks.

Then, sit back and be overwhelmed that the first day of preschool was not yesterday.  That she is going to high school.

And now, I am crying.

Only four more years and this girl leaves the nest to face this wonderful world on her own.  And she will be amazing.




I guess, it is just one day at a time, doing your best for each day for them and then being there for them even when they are on their own.

Parenting is not for sissies.




Thanks so much for reading and happy almost fall!




Disclosure: This project is being shared in partnership with Command Brand.  All opinions and ideas are my own.

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8 thoughts on “Back to School Decorating – Photo Banner”


  1. I’ve always said, the word ‘bittersweet’ is the perfect definition for parenthood. We are excited to see our children grow and learn, but yet it is sad too, because they will go out on their own too soon. My oldest just moved for college, not very far, but still it is very different when she is not home each night or when she is not here to talk about the little things. Okay, now I am going to cry! Anyways, just try to enjoy every single moment and create lots of memories! Love the banner! I would have a very hard time deciding which pictures to display!

  2. Mine are grown, and even my grandgirls are growing up! (6th gr. & 3rd grade). But still, these are sweet, good years. One question about your banner…how did you get the bottom corners of the cardstock rounded?

  3. Could you show us a picture of the Command hooks? Your fingers were in the picture so I couldn’t tell how they work. Thanks!nthis is such a great idea for birthday parties.

  4. Another great idea! Instead of back to school pictures I’m going to use pictures of my oldest who is about to turn 21! Talk about a shocker. Our youngest is 15 and in 10th grade which is another shocker. They grow up way to fast.
    Love the Command Brand products and am looking forward to using the new clips. I only wish I started using their products before I put about a million holes in my walls from changing my mind so many times on where to hang things. Oh well.
    Have a great weekend.

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