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Rowan’s Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update!

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This back-to-school shirt with handprints has been such a fun way to document the beginning of every school year for my son! Learn all about how I DIYed this photo prop/keepsake shirt and make one for your own kiddo…it’ll be so fun to display at their high school graduation party!

 

Rowan’s Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update!

UPDATE: Rowan and his back-to-school shirt were featured on Good Morning America! I KNOW!

Exciting News: Good Morning America Featured WTSHB! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

If you’ve been following along these parts over the last four years (thanks!), you probably know that I am slightly obsessed with creating keepsakes for my boys. I can’t help myself. It’s an addiction that I just can’t kick.

One of my absolute favorite keepsakes that I’ve made so far has been the back-to-school shirt with handprints for every grade for my oldest son, Rowan.

He started preschool (really a Mother’s Morning Out program) when he was two, and now he’s about to enter Kindergarten! Momma here CANNOT believe it.

We’ve added his cute little handprint to the back of the shirt and snapped his photo in the behemoth every year since. It’s been the neatest way to document his growth and changing personality.

Here are the shots from his first three years:

Rowan's Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Year 3 Update! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Kindergarten Handprint!

Since this school year begins on August 1st (I know! SO EARLY!), it was time for us to pull Rowan’s shirt out of our guest room’s closet, dust it off, and add his adorable-but-ever-growing Kindergartener handprint.

Here’s Mr. Rowan with his purple hand, all ready for Operation Update Shirt:

Rowan's Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update! | Where The Smiles Have Been #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #photoprop #keepsake #graduation #school

 

And here he is showing it off! He’s always been a great little model for Momma’s blog, and these photos get easier and easier to take every year. No more wrangling a restless toddler!

We’ll see how much of a sport he is as he enters high school though… ;)

Rowan's Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update! | Where The Smiles Have Been #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #photoprop #keepsake #graduation #school

Rowan's Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update! | Where The Smiles Have Been #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #photoprop #keepsake #graduation #school

Rowan's Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints: Kindergarten Update! | Where The Smiles Have Been #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #photoprop #keepsake #graduation #school

 

I just love seeing these photos every year. Sentimental mommy, for sure.

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Just look at how much he’s grown!! His shirt now comes above his knees! *sniffle*

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The Full Tutorial!

If you’d like to see the full tutorial showing how I made this back-to-school shirt waaay back when Rowan first started preschool, you can find all the details here!

And you can also check out his updates from his three-year-old and Pre-K sessions!

Yearly Back-to-School Shirt with Handprints for Every Grade! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

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Janet Melancon

Friday 10th of August 2018

Thanks so much for this idea! I didn't change much, really just the font, to make one for my grand daughter who is starting preschool this year. I can't wait to see it with all the different hands.

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