I don’t know who cried more on the first day of school last year, my daughter or I, but we are determined to make this year’s first day of school the Best Day with a bit of fun and some preparation.
I love having Miss G home and wish I could get another month with her, but I’m determined to be organized this year so we can make the most of our weekday mornings and weekends.
To help make your child’s first day back to school the Best Day, I’m partnering today with Seattle’s Best Coffee to share this awesome apple box craft which is perfect for a first day of school teacher’s gift, or if you’re really ambitious you can make one for each student in the class with a special surprise for the first day of school.
I was a bit intimidated by this craft at first as I’ve never done any form of paper folding or origami, but once you make one you’ll get the hang of it and be able to whip them up super quickly. (And hopefully, the video helps!)
Watch my paper apple box how-to video below and then scroll down to grab the template and some other fun goodies from Seattle’s Best Coffee:
Materials for Apple Box Craft
- Apple box craft template
- Tape or glue
- Small gift for the box – we used Seattle’s Best Coffee K-Cups for ours
How to Make a Paper Apple Box Craft
Once you’ve printed the two sheets of paper, cut out the two red squares, the green leaf, and the gift tag.
Place your paper color side down and fold in half. Open paper back up, turn it 90 degrees, and fold in half again. Open paper back up again.
Fold paper in half from corner to corner. Open paper back up, turn it 90 degrees, and fold in half again. Open paper back up again.
Fold each of the paper’s four corners into the center of the square so that all four corners meet.
Take your square and fold the bottom edge to line up with the center, and repeat for the other side. Open it back up, turn 90 degrees, and repeat.
Lift up two opposite triangles and lay them flat. As you lift the sides, press them in at the crease, and the top flap will fold up. Lift this flap up and over to form the side of the box.
Turn the box 180 degrees and repeat on the other side.
Repeat with smaller square!
Take your cut-out leaf and tape or glue it to the center of the larger square.
Fill out the gift tag and attach it to the leaf with another small piece of tape or dab of glue.
The larger square should fit nicely over the smaller square. If you put a K-Cup® pod inside, your box will have a little bit more height.
Grab your free printable for our quick Paper Apple Box Craft:
In addition to the Apple Box Template, you can grab some fun picture frames for easy, effortless first day pictures…
…or some cute lunch box notes. Our family motto is “Have courage and be kind,” so this one is a perfect fit for us. I’ve already printed these off and am keeping them in Miss G’s lunch making station so I can find them easily on the first day of school and sneak one into her lunch bag when she’s not looking.
As much as I may not be looking forward to the end of summer, I am looking forward to being able to just make a fresh, smooth cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee®, and use these fun Best Day printables so I can spend the morning having fun and connecting with my girl – because slowing down and not stressing out about perfection is the real secret to having the Best Day Ever.
PS – I am loving the new branding and Seattle-centric names. (If you’re already a Seattle’s Best drinker, don’t worry – it’s the same products as before.)
While you’re on the site grabbing the Best Day List printables, you can also grab a $1 off coupon for Seattle’s Best Coffee®, a premium coffee made from 100% Arabica beans and roasted by experts using a signature roasting style.
Are you pumped for back to school, or are you a big sap like me? For more of Seattle’s Best – check out our 10 Best Seattle Restaurants for Families (haha, like what I did there?)