These Teacher Appreciation Gift Bags are inexpensive to create, making them great for bulk gifts. This post is sponsored by Glue Dots as part of their Creative Ambassador Team. This post contains affiliate links, which, when purchased through, add no extra cost to the consumer but help support this site.
It’s almost Teacher Appreciation Week, ya’ll! My kids have a few “main” teachers, but they are blessed to also have fabulous specials teachers that they love and adore. When it comes to Teacher Appreciation, we always show love to their main teachers, but it is nice to gift something affordable to the special teachers, too. These Teacher Appreciation Gift Bags are inexpensive to make since they utilize something that you may already have in your pantry or craft stash– paper bags! This keeps the cost away from the packaging and more for the gift itself.
- Cricut machine (I’m using a Cricut Explore Air 2)
- Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat
- Cricut Pearl Paper in Red
- Cricut Weeding Tool (I’m using one from the Cricut Basic Tools set)
- Glue Dots Glue Lines
- Red Gingham ribbon, 1″ in width
- Jute or twine
- Hole punch
- Paper bag (lunch sack size)
Open up Cricut Design Space. Do an image search to find an apple image that you like. If it does not have a hole in the stem or top of the apple, use Design Space to create one. Size the apple to approximately 4-5 inches.
Place the Pearl Paper on the LightGrip Cutting Mat, and send the apple image to the Cricut machine. Cut the apple image. Use the weeding tool to weed the image. Set the apple aside.
Lay the paper bag on a flat surface. In the center of the paper bag, apply 4-5 lines of Glue Dots Glue Lines.
Press the ribbon on the Glue Lines, cutting the ends to align with the sides of the bag.
You can also add extra Glue Lines and ribbon, as desired. You may also add ribbon on the other side of the bag or edges if wanted.
Add the gift into the bag.
Tip: Use shredded paper or basket filler in the bottom of the bag to help the bag hold its shape and provide cushioning for the gift, especially if the gift is heavy.
Fold the top of the bag down and punch two holes.
Thread the jute or twine through the holes. Add the apple shape.
Use the front or back of the apple to add a special message for the teacher or as a “To” and “From” tag.
I like the way the ribbon and pearl paper dress up the bag, making it look like a well-thought out gift bag rather than cheap.
Now….I have to find the perfect item to gift in it! What are you guys giving for Teacher Appreciation? Here are a few ideas that I have created for Teacher Appreciation in the past.
Get more inspiration over on the Glue Dots Blog!