Your students are about to walk through your classroom door for the first time—how are you going to welcome them? These back-to-school classroom door decorations let you show off your teacher personality from day one. From simple but meaningful to artistic and impressive, these ideas cover every subject, every teacher type, and every budget.
Tip: Not allowed to decorate your doors because of fire marshal or safety rules? Many of these make terrific bulletin boards too.
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1. Believe You Can
This is the perfect powerful message to greet your students on the first day!
2. Our Class Fits Together
You’re all pieces of the same puzzle, and you’re in this together! (Get that cute puzzle border here.)
3. Colorful Pom-Pom Welcome
Source: Creative Teaching Press
4. Just Keep Swimming
Welcome back an entire school of little fishies (and share a little Disney love)!
5. We Are Here
Bring those encouraging vibes from day one. Students will feel at home when they see their classroom door.
6. Puppy Smiles
Even if you don’t have an adorable classroom mascot like Dolly, you can still make classroom door decorations full of puppy smiles!
7. Monkeying Around
Using brown burlap for the branch adds some cool texture to this door idea. Have kids color their own monkeys for a personal touch.
8. Bright Futures
Classroom doors like this can be personalized for any subject. Find paper sunglasses cutouts here.
9. Today a Reader
This is a powerful message for kids to absorb. And these reading monsters are so adorable!
10. Elements of Success
This chemistry-inspired door deserves a Nobel Prize!
11. Whole Latte Learning
This door design will carry you all the way through fall so you can focus on the teaching.
12. Coco: Live Forever
If this is one of your Disney faves, turn it into a classroom door! You can get a kit at the link, with text in Spanish or English (“Remember me and I will live forever”).
Source: Coco Door by @sra.davilamadwid
13. Happy Campers
The secret to this camping-themed classroom door? Duct tape!
14. You’ve Got a Friend
Here’s some more Disney love from everybody’s favorite toy duo!
15. Building Our Way
Speaking of toys, kids will love these 3D paper LEGO bricks.
Many students are too young to be on social media, so give them an option they can follow in real life instead. (Buy a kit to make this door from Teach Create Motivate.)
17. Math Gives Us Hope
You may have 99 problems, but a clever door design isn’t one of them!
18. Sign Language Love
Welcome kids by reminding them to embrace diversity in all its forms.
19. Rainbow Smiles
This door doesn’t require anything fancier than butcher paper, scissors, and some twisted colorful crepe paper. Easy enough for any teacher to try.
20. A Flower Blooms
Such a great sentiment AND a gorgeous door!
21. Words of Wisdom
Positive sayings and plants? Yes, please.
22. Math Is My Jam!
We love it when teachers are proud of their subject and display it boldly.
23. Ready to Fly
What a great, positive message for students. Help them fly this year!
24. Home Sweet Classroom
Your classroom is their home away from home. Make it feel welcoming!
25. Learners Among Us
Whatever else might be sus, the learning in your classroom definitely is not!
26. We Swim Together
Each of your students can make a fish that matches their personality. Let the creativity begin!
27. Amazing Things Happen Here
Simple, colorful, and full of excitement!
28. The Sky Is the Limit
Shoot for the stars this back-to-school season!
29. Inspiring Black Youth
These classroom door decorations were originally created for Black History Month, but they are terrific for back to school too.
30. I Am Enough
Wow, what an impact! Take inspiration from the book by Grace Byers and remind students that they are enough, every single day.
31. Grow and Bloom
This door’s message makes an impact in any language: Don’t just grow, bloom!
32. Something Within Us
Such an important message for every single student to hear.
33. You Are Loved
Everyone needs to hear these things and know that there’s a place where they belong.
34. Beautiful Butterflies
Those hand-cut butterflies are truly astonishing! No time to do that yourself? Buy pre-cut paper butterflies here.
35. We Stick Together
Use artificial flowers to add some color to a paper cactus. Punchy details bring door decorations to life!
36. Oversize Pencil
Here’s another take on the “sharp bunch” theme, with the door itself turned into a giant pencil!
Source: Paola Garcia on Pinterest
37. Shoot 4 Success
The real basketball hoop makes this classroom door so much fun!
38. Learn and Grow
The big ruler really makes this colorful design pop.
39. Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat will always be a favorite! This design really works because it’s big, bright, and friendly.
40. Hello, My Name Is …
If you’re looking for a simple, colorful classroom door you can throw together in a snap, try this idea. Here are the supplies you’ll need: colorful name tags, tassel garland, and rainbow dots border.
41. Llama Fun
Here’s another easy one any teacher can do. Save time by buying these cute paper llama cutouts to personalize.
42. Cheerful Pirate
Arrgh you ready for some learning? This classroom definitely is!
43. Chalkboard Door
Make it easy to have a new classroom door message whenever you want! Cover your door with chalkboard paint (be sure to get permission first), then chalk up a new message whenever inspiration strikes.
44. Art Inspiration
Use colorful paper plates to make a paint set. So clever and so easy.
45. Calculate Kindness
That paper calculator is so much fun!
46. Be Kind
Your students help make this door something special by adding their own ideas on how to show kindness to others.
47. A-maze-ing Year
Those old-school retro vibes are everything.
48. Spread Your Wings
Perfect for those first-day pictures.
49. Be a Pineapple
Pineapples send a surprisingly positive message.
50. Wild About Learning
This door is perfect for a rainforest-themed classroom.
51. Welcome to the Nest
Personalize this cozy door by having students decorate their own bird, write their name, and add one fact that makes them unique.
Source: My Classroom Ideas on Pinterest
52. Colorful Crayons
What’s better than a fresh new pack of crayons?
Source: Kyrsta Pokoski on Pinterest
53. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Students will go coco-nuts for this DIY book-inspired door!
54. Twinkle Little Star
Make your students feel special with this underwater door decoration. How cute are those scuba divers?
55. Best of the Bunch
Apples are a back-to-school classic, and this door is a bushel of fun. Try these apple cutouts to make your own.
Source: Supply Me
56. Reading Adventures
Welcome all the readers to your classroom!
57. Taco Bout It
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s food. Show some love to your class (and tacos) with this adorable back-to-school door!
58. Look Whooo’s Here
Those giant wiggly eyes make this personalized door extra cute.
59. Oh Snap!
We love Instagram-inspired classroom doors! Fill it with summer photos or clips from experiences that students can expect in your class (the covers of novels you’ll read, photos of the field trip to the zoo, students reading outside in the spring …).
Source: Sew Woodsy
60. Oh So Sweet
These Popsicle-themed, glitter-covered classroom door decorations are the perfect sweet start to the year.
Source: First Grade Sweeties
61. Ocean Reef
Take a trip under the sea!
Source: Amber Beers on Pinterest
62. A Whale of a Door
This is a doorway your students will never forget!
63. Superheroes in Training
That 3D effect is easy to create and really adds a lot of impact.
Source: Ricardo Caballero on Pinterest
64. Notebook Paper
What a wonderful way to display your students’ names. The design is simple and perfect.
65. 3D Crayons
These 3D crayon classroom door decorations are incredibly clever! We love how they’re “coloring” the door.
66. Incredible Year
Love the Incredibles movies? Try this door decoration!
67. Awesome Kids
Keep it colorful (and geometric) with this welcoming door!
Source: Laura Reed on Instagram
68. Life Is Sweet
Pineapples and flamingos make for a really welcoming door.
69. Young Minds Bloom
How pretty are those flowers? Your class will definitely feel welcomed walking through this gorgeous door.
Source: Amanda Sapio on Pinterest
70. Cat Class
Who doesn’t love being greeted by fuzzy kittens every morning?
71. Blast Off
Go on a space mission into your classroom this year. Prepare for liftoff!
72. Chicken Nuggets
We love these fast-food-inspired classroom door decorations! Perfect for little ones.
73. Welcome Book
This door is perfect for a library or an English class. So simple and cute!
74. In Tents
Grab some tent stickers and some cute garland to re-create this in-tents door!
75. Whale of a Time
This colorful door is over-whale-mingly cute!
76. Kids at Work
This door is one in a minion!
Source: Crafty Morning
77. Reach for the Stars
Your students will love participating in this Reach for the Stars activity!
Source: Second Grade Thrills
78. Hungry Learners
Just like the caterpillar was hungry for food, your students are hungry for knowledge!
Source: Mary Rivera on Pinterest
79. On an Adventure
Up and away!
Source: Bricks and Wood
80. Piece of the Puzzle
A puzzle border makes this door really stand out!
Source: Dawn McDevitt on Pinterest
81. Move Mountains
Remind students of all they are capable of on the first day!
Source: Aridita Anggraini
82. Welcome Door
Keep it simple with this notebook paper door! Add a pencil for a nice finishing touch.
83. Cookie Monster
This board is super sweet. Om nom nom!
Source: Sundas Usman on Pinterest
84. Don’t Let the Pigeon …
Call out a kid favorite book with this adorable back-to-school door decoration. Don’t let the pigeon in!
Source: A Tried and True Teacher
85. Ready, Set, Glow
Catch some fireflies this back-to-school season. Watch your class light up with learning!
Source: Courtney Fulker on Pinterest
86. Throw Kindness Like Confetti
Celebrate kindness all day every day in your classroom.
Source: Rileigh on Pinterest
87. Stand Out
Stand out from the crowd with this inspirational door! Perfect for a circus-themed classroom.
Source: Randi Summers on Pinterest
88. Joy of Learning
Turn your classroom inside out! This door is sure to spark some joy.
Source: Brooke Smith on Pinterest
89. Emoji Door
Welcome your students with a smiling face! And a silly face and a laughing face …
Source: Wendy Kuipers on Pinterest
90. Ray of Sunshine
Brighten up the entry to your classroom with this desert-themed door. The sun is shining and we’re ready to learn!
Source: Sarah Mathenia on Pinterest
91. Honey Bee
Your students will be buzzing with excitement when they see this classroom door!
Source: Tacara Ferguson on Pinterest
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