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. Plus, check out this free app from from Creative Teaching Press that helps you create, organize, and share your classroom door and bulletin board layouts. Get ready to make an incredible first impression!
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. Toddler Tiki
If you really want to go all out, 3D elements are sure to grab their attention.
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. All Are Welcome
21. Paper Quilt
You don’t always need a special theme. Just choose scrapbook papers that you like and create “quilted” classroom door decorations.
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. Among Us You’ll Find …
Here’s another take on “Among Us.” Let kids color their own crew mates to personalize these fun classroom door decorations, shared by Brianna C.
27. Amazing Things Happen Here
Simple, colorful, and full of excitement!
28. We Are a Sharp Bunch
Morgan J.’s door is easy to replicate. Here’s the colored pencil border; make the large pencils out of butcher paper.
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
He 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
Using 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. Take the First Step
This inspiring scene from the film Hidden Figures has us in awe.
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. Popping In
We’d love to pair this with a first-day popcorn snack! Get popcorn piece cutouts here to use for the names.
54. Up and Away
This is one of those incredible classroom doors that’s been making the rounds for so long that no one seems to know who originally created it. Whoever you are, we salute your creativity!
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. Aim High
Have students trace their arms on colored paper and fill your door with student goals for the school year. Save these goals for reflection in June. (This is another one of those popular doors that is everywhere on the web, but no one seems to know who made it first.)
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
Those 3D crayons are incredibly clever! We love how they’re “coloring” the door.
66. Incredible Year
Love the Incredibles movies? Try this door decoration!
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