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Teacher's Appreciation Gift Idea

April 17, 2024

While no one can argue that teachers and education staff should be celebrated by their parents and school boards year-round, Teacher Appreciation Week is officially celebrated at the beginning of May each year. This week is a great time to pamper and thank teachers with snacks, treats and special gifts, including this apple-themed teacher appreciation frame. A personalized frame like this is easy to make as it uses something teachers are very familiar with - school supplies! Follow our tutorial and use our free cut file to personalize a colorful gift for a teacher in your life. 

teachers appreciate gift supplies


  • 8 x 8” Yellow Frame
  • Black Adhesive Vinyl
  • Cardstock (any color as it’s used for a template)
  • Free Teacher Appreciation SVG Cut File
  • Paper Clips – red and green
  • Pencil (it will become part of the piece, not for marking!)
  • Cricut Machine
  • Transfer Tape
  • Vinyl Weeding Hook and Scraper Tool
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Painter’s tape

cricut design space screenshot

First, upload the Teacher Appreciation SVG Cut File to Cricut Design Space.

teachers appreciation cricut

Cut out the 3 ruler designs and the separator pieces on black adhesive vinyl as shown on the file. You can also cut out a teacher’s name to personalize your frame gift during this step.

While you have your Cricut out, also cut the apple template on cardstock. What color cardstock you choose doesn't matter, as it’s not part of the design; it just serves as a guide at a later step.

teacher appreciation gift weeding

Weed your vinyl design.

teachers appreciation gift vinyl

As shown, use transfer tape to attach it to each of the 3 sides of the yellow frame. If desired, adhere the teacher’s name on the bottom of the frame.

teachers appreciation gift stencil

Cut a piece of painter’s tape and press it onto your jeans a few times to make it a lower tack tape. Place the apple template on the backer board of the frame and tape it in place. Tip: Don’t tape it on completely centered but slightly lower to allow for the stem and leaves on the top.

teachers appreciation gift paperclips

Begin gluing your red paper clips inside this apple template, overlapping and switching directions to fill in this apple template.

teacher appreciation gift stem

Once complete, remove the template and add additional green paper clips and your cut pencil or brown crayon as the stem. 

teachers appreciation gift idea

teachers appreciation frame gift idea

Your teacher appreciation frame is now ready for your favorite teacher! They will undoubtedly love this school supply-inspired frame as an added piece of classroom décor!

About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.