5 Teacher Appreciation Gifts You Can Make with Your Cricut Today

Created on:

April 19, 2022

Updated on:

January 20, 2024

Written by Kelsey Sergi
five teacher appreciation gifts you can make with your cricut - three are shown pencil box, apple card, teacher mandala

Teacher Appreciation Week 2022 is coming! Here are five Cricut projects you can make today.

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Being a teacher is a tough job, I applaud every person who has a passion for teaching. The patience and love a person has when they are a teacher is unmatched. Teacher Appreciation Week should be more like a month (or two). We can use our creativity to show our gratitude this year with these Cricut ideas.

Schools and parents start the celebration on May 2 this year and here are some ideas for teacher appreciation week that you can put together quickly.

Apple Thank You Card

teacher appreciate card shaped like an apple - free svg template for cricut

This card is quick to put together and super cute! I always find getting and giving a card is the simplest and sweetest way to show someone that you care. You can always tell the love that goes into a homemade card.

You can find the free teacher appreciation card SVG file here.

If you are having any trouble - learn how to download and upload all of the free SVG files on my website here.

I used HTV on my glitter paper for the thank you in the font bumblebee and I doubled my apple by cutting it twice so that the inside was also red!

teacher appreciate card shaped like an apple inside - free svg template for cricut

You can add a nice sentiment and thank you on the inside and even have your student write something special to show how much their teacher has helped them grow this year.

Give this card by itself or with your present (you can even make it smaller and add it like a gift tag).

Materials Needed:

  • Craft paper - I used glitter and 65 lb cardstock
  • Craft glue - I use Bearly Arts
  • Optional: Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Optional: Heat Press or Iron

Total Time to Make Project:

Less than 15 minutes

Custom 3D Letter

These are a little advanced but if you want to try them out I have some free templates here or you can find all of my 3D letters here. I have a full tutorial on my Instagram lives as well!

This one is from Amara at GlitzLabMIA - she used glitter paper to make the S look like a pencil with school paper as the background. I love the print and cut files she used as details.

Materials Needed:

  • Craft paper - glitter, patterned and 65-80 lb cardstock
  • Craft glue - I use Bearly Arts
  • Optional: Printer for Print and Cut
  • Bone tool for creasing
  • Foam Mounting Tape

Total Time to Make Project:

Around 30-45 minutes

Add your special touch with apple patterned paper or composition book pattern! Check out Pinterest for free Digital Paper Packs Add your teacher's name and layer with the Cricut offset feature.

This is a super cute DIY gift that they can display in their classroom year after year - how does that not say appreciation?

Framed Mandala

I am a sucker for a mandala and you can make these relatively quickly. Honestly, the longest part of making layered mandalas is the cutting part.

colorful teacher appreciation mandala svg file for cricut with apple in the center

Materials Needed:

  • Craft paper - I used glitter and 65 lb cardstock
  • Craft glue - I use Bearly Arts
  • Shadow Box
  • Foam Mounting Tape Squares

Total Time to Make Project:

Around 30 minutes

Any teacher would love to have some fun handmade art to display in their classroom. You can even find an affordable shadowbox on Amazon so it looks clean!

You can find the SVG for this file here.

Custom Tote Bag

If you're a vinyl lover this one is for you! You can grab some heat transfer vinyl and make a tote bag. You can usually find all different size bags at your local craft store ranging from $2-$5.

Carly at CocoAndBlue2 created this tote for her kid's teachers this year.

I love the saying she chose, you can find plenty of SVGs for teacher appreciation through your Cricut Access account or you can create your own in design space or on Inkscape! Make sure to personalize the bag and now your teacher has something that they can use for years to come! 

Materials Needed:

  • Tote bag
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Heat Press or Iron
  • Weeding tools

Total Time to Make Project:

Around 15-30 minutes

Pencil Box for Candy

This one does take a little longer but just because of the small pieces on each pencil. I made a simple box out of paper but you can use a wooden box from the Dollar Tree, cut out 16 of the pencil SVGs then wrapped them around the box. You can fill this with gift cards and chocolate then wrap it with cellophane and you have a customized gift box.

paper craft box with pencils all around it - diy teacher appreciation gift idea with cricut free pencil svg file

Tip: you can make the assembly easier by using vinyl for the details or using painter's tape to keep the paper together.

Materials Needed:

  • Craft paper - I used 65 lb cardstock
  • Craft glue - I use Bearly Arts
  • Optional: Printer for Print and Cut
  • Optional: Vinyl
  • Bone tool for creasing
  • Transfer tape or painter's tape

Total Time to Make Project:

Around 30-45 minutes

Teacher Appreciation Week is also a great way to get your kids involved in your crafting too!

They can help you assemble each project so it becomes even more special to give.

If you have any questions or ideas for Teacher Appreciation gifts you can contact me at any time!

Happy Crafting!

Kelsey Sergi - the owner and crafter at Dinosaur Mama.

Hi crafters! I'm Kelsey and I am here to bring you new original craft projects and free SVG files for your cutting machines every week!

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