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Published on August 9th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell


Back to School Gift for Teachers: An Upcycled Apple Canister

An Upcycled Apple Canister

Show your child’s new teacher that she is loved and appreciated with an upcycled apple back to school gift!

What You Will Need:

1. A coffee canister with the lid

2. Low VOC spray paint

3. Green recycled paper (I used a magazine)

4. A branch

5. Hot glue/hot glue gun

6. Scissors

How To Do It:

1. Remove any labels from the coffee canister. Then, clean the canister with soap and water.

2. Once the canister is dry, spray paint it! Remember, several light coats will give you the best results. One heavy coat of spray paint may cause drips! I also spray painted the lid because my lid was yellow.

An Upcycled Apple Canister

3. Cut your branch– it will become your “stem.”

An Upcycled Apple Canister

4. Cut a small piece from your green paper– this will become the leaf of the apple.

5. Hot glue the leaf to the stem. Then, glue both pieces to the lid of the coffee canister like so:

An Upcycled Apple Canister

Now you can fill the canister with homemade chocolate, yummy sugar cookies, or green office supplies— a perfect gift for teachers! What would you put inside?

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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