Teacher Appreciation Day – Apple Napkin Rings

Last Updated on May 7, 2013

Crafts in this PostNapkin Rings

I love Teacher Appreciation Week. I love it because it honors the most important people in the world, the people who teach our children. Teachers are underpaid, and have to put up with increasingly larger class sizes. These dedicated men and women well deserve our appreciation. Last year, 2012, when Spane was in third grade, the PTA had a special luncheon in the newly created Teachers’ Garden, and I made a Lemon Wafer Cake that everyone thought was art, and not edible. The year before that, 2011, I made Star Party Sandwiches, because Spane had written about them in a second grade paper and his teacher really wanted to taste them. When Spane was in first grade, in 2010, I made Quick Meatless Enchiladas. I don’t think I knew about Teacher Appreciation Week when Spane was in Kinder, but if I did, I probably made something then, too.

Originally, I was going to make napkin rings for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, but then realized it is not a sit down type of affair, it’s a buffet featuring dishes prepared by parents (and they are ALL good cooks). So, I decided to make them just for his teacher. Part of appreciation week involves the kids bringing their teacher a present of some sort – Spane said that his teacher only wanted a card, and then when I presented him with these, he was happy.

These are very, very simple to make. You can probably find the apples in a craft store, although you might have a take them out of something else. The ones I found were loose and had been on some kind of spray. I was only charged one dollar for them – your mileage may vary.

Recipe: Apple Napkin Rings


  • Straight Spice Jar
  • Green metallic pipe cleaners
  • Plastic apples
  • Florist wire
  • Fabric flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Nice Packaging


  1. Get a spice jar whose width is about the size of the ring you want to make.
  2. Take two of the pipe cleaners and wrap them tightly around the spice jar.
  3. Then carefully remove the cleaners from the spice jar, and hold the ends together whilst cutting off about two inches of florist wire.
  4. Wrap the wire around the cleaners to secure the ends. Do this for as many rings as you wish to make.
  5. Get the glue gun hot.
  6. When the glue is hot, put some glue on the bottom of the apple, in the indentation, about 3/4 of an inch of glue.
  7. Put the wired end of the ring on the glue and set the ring down, apple side down.
  8. Allow the glue to set.
  9. When the glue is set, put a drop of glue in the center of the top of the apple and put the flower there.
  10. Let that set as well.
  11. Put the rings in a nice box for presentation.


You could use silk leaves instead of flowers, just make sure that it looks nice.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 2 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

4 Responses to Teacher Appreciation Day – Apple Napkin Rings

  1. George says:

    Really great website. You make me smile! Thank you so much for your help. It has been so helpful!

  2. Coco says:

    Wow! What a great idea. I hope the teacher “appreciated” it!

  3. Wanda says:

    Those look simple to make, and you could use them for Thanksgiving. Great idea!

  4. Chris says:

    It’s Chris. Thanks for the great idea. I’m going to make those for my kid’s teacher.