It’s School Time Baby!

Oh happy day, the school year starts tomorrow, and trust me I am not the only one excited!  My preschooler has been counting down the days too.
In celebration of the big event we made this lovely, first day of school, apple gift basket for his teacher.  This is the second year my son will have Miss Diana so she is already use to my “crazy.”
(Miss Diana, if you read my blog, close you eyes now.)
This whole project started when I saw a post on Uncommon for an Apple basket pennant garland.








Do you want to make a basket too?  Well, here is how!
I started with a basket I had bought for our Very Hungry Caterpillar Party.  I believe I got it at Michaels Craft Store.  I spray painted it with Krylon’s Bonnet Blue.  You could spray paint your basket any color you like, but I knew I would do it blue because it went perfectly with some

 back to school tags I had made a few weeks ago.  I then put crinkled up newspaper in it to fill the bottom, and covered it with Basket Accents  Paper Shred.  The original post I saw on Uncommon made a darling fabric bunting to go on their basket.  I decided to go with a paper one.  I went to Joann’s and picked up some co-ordinating red print scrapbook papers.  I cut out five triangles and strung them up with some red ribbon and attached them to each side of the basket’s handle.

Now to fill the basket!

 In our basket we included, a jar of homemade applebutter, three fresh apples, some teacher note cards, a number 2 pencil, and some apple shaped sugar cookies.

If you would like to make some homemade applebutter please read the tutorial here.

This is where I need your help!

Somebody out there in blogger land made up these note cards as a printable and I can’t remember who!  I feel it is really important to give credit where credit is due, so if you made them first please let me know so I can put a link in.  I have searched Google and Pinterest and I have NO idea where I saw them.

Anyways, I made up about twenty  “A note from Miss Diana” note cards (printed on lightweight card stock) and put a red ribbon around them and stuck in a number two pencil.

Lastly I filled in the front of the basket with apple shaped sugar cookies.  To decorate them I made a batch of THICK royal icing.  You then outline your cookie with it to create a dam.



Then thin out your icing a bit with water and “flood” the cookie with it.  You may use a toothpick to move the icing into any open spots, or just stick the tip of the pasty bag in there to move the icing around if necessary.  It should fill in nicely if your icing is the right consistency.
Finish them off with a brown stem and green leaf.


After they are dry, I like to package them individually in cellophane treat bags, with a little ribbon bow and a tag
If you would like to use the tags I made you can get them here.
Top it off with a few apples from the store and there you have a wonderful back to school basket!
Happy School Year!

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