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Tribute to Teacher

By: Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home

Kids can help create a teacher appreciation gift with a picture frame and scrap fabric. A homemade gift like this craft from Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home is a nice touch to say thank you to the teacher.

Tributes to Teacher


  • For each: Picture frame
  • Matboard to fit frame
  • Acrylic paint – assorted colors
  • Iron-on fusible web
  • Iron
  • Craft foam scraps
  • Fine tip permanent markers – assorted colors
  • For apple picture: ¼” flat paintbrush
  • 4-1/4” square red fabric
  • Dimensional paint: white, green
  • Pencil with eraser
  • For garden picture: Muslin to cover 1 side of matboard
  • Assorted print fabric scraps
  • Gray felt scrap
  • Assorted buttons
  • 3 pencils with erasers
  • Toothpicks
  • Patterns



Instructions for apple picture:

Paint 1 side of matboard black. Let dry. Fuse web onto wrong side of red fabric. Transfer large apple pattern to fabric and cut 1. Center and fuse apple onto painted side of board. Paint leaves and stem at top of apple. Write “A+ Teacher” on apple with white dimensional paint. Let dry. Add dots of green dimensional paint to lettering (see photo). Let dry.

Paint frame desired base color. Let dry. To make apple stamp, transfer tiny apple pattern to craft foam and cut 1. Glue foam apple to pencil eraser. Let dry. Dip stamp into red paint and press onto frame. Repeat as desired. Let dry. Draw stems and leaves on each stamped apple with markers. Insert matboard into frame an dglue to secure. Let dry.

Instructions for garden picture

Fuse web onto wrong side of muslin and print fabric scraps. With edges aligned, fuse muslin to cover 1 side of matboard. Transfer patterns to print fabrics and cut 3 flowers, 1 body, 1 butterfly and 14 leaves. Cut 4 (3/4” diameter) circles for round flowers and 7 (1/8” x 1-1/4”) strips for flower stems from remaining print fabrics. (Note: picture shown is 5-1/4” x 7-1/4”. Adjust number of flowers and leaves as needed to fit your picture.)

Determine placement and fuse cutouts to muslin. Transfer watering can pattern to felt scrap and cut 1. Glue watering can in place on muslin. Let dry. Draw grass and water and write “Teachers plant seeds that grow forever!” on muslin with markers. Glue 1 button in center of each flower. Let dry.

To make stamps, transfer patterns to foam and cut 1 heart, 1 star A, and 1 Star B. Glue 1 foam cutout to each pencil eraser. Let dry. Dip 1 stamp into desired color of paint and press onto frame. Repeat to paint stars and hearts on frame as desired. Let dry. To outline stars and hearts with dots. Dip toothpick into desired color of paint and dot on frame. Repeat as desired. Let dry. Insert picture into frame and glue to secure. Let dry.


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