An apple for teacher

Rather than give a real apple to the teacher on the first day of school, give her something she can enjoy all year — and many years to come with this adorable hanging apple decoration.

I created this back-to-school idea for Glue Dots — and it is much easier than it looks.

To start, I cut out eight apples with my Cricut in red and three additional apples in green.

Next, score each of the red apples down the center, like this …

If you wish to apply Distress Ink or anything else to the apples, this is the time to do it.

You can also cut off the stem and leaf at the top of each apple.

Then, using Craft Glue Dots, attach one side of each apple to another until you almost make a circle — leaving the final two apple sides unattached.

Use the green apples to create a leaf and stem (I used Black Soot Distress Ink to color the stem) and attach it to the center with another Glue Dot.

Then, apply Glue Lines to the center of the apple and add a string or wire (I used We R Memory Keepers twine). Leave enough for the top to make a loop and enough on the bottom to hang charms. Keep in mind that you can always trim it if it is too long, but you can’t add to it if it is too short.

Once those are adhered, add additional Craft Glue Dots and seal up the apple.

Next, add a star. I used two corrugated stars from Close To My Heart, colored them with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then applied a few Craft Glue Dots to the center of one, attached the twine, and then covered it with the second one.

Finally, I tied on a Maya Road clear charm to the bottom and it is ready to give to teacher!