This easy apple art is extra special since you can twirl the cute little worm in and out of the hole in the apple (a worm in your apple…cute as a craft, not so cute in reality). It’s simple enough for a preschooler to make, and we will give you a few adjustments that will even make this a toddler friendly craft. And be sure to stick around to the end, because we are going to show you how to make this the perfect teacher gift too.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Red paint
- Medium pompom
- Glue stick
- Scraps of brown and green construction paper
- Single hole punch
- Green pipe cleaner
- Elmer’s glue
- 2 Small googly eyes (self-adhesive)
- Small green pompom
- Apple template
This is a longer list of items than we tend to use for most crafts. But…the good news is that you already have everything that you need if you have used our master list to fill your craft bag. No running out to the store or putting off crafting all together (because you know you may never actually get back to it if you put if off…life moves by quickly).
We stick to our master list of supplies for every single one of the creative projects on this site and in our kids’ crafts ebooks. And we do that to make crafting with your kids actually do-able, even when life is hectic. There are just 27 items, each inexpensive and versatile. And they all fit into one bag. So, what are you waiting for? Fill that bag.
Easy Apple Art Instructions
Step 1: Paint Your Apple Craft
- Pinch the medium pompom with your clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Lay out some newspaper on your work surface to control the mess.
- Then squeeze out a little red paint and paint the bottom of your paper plate. You do not need to go all the way to the edges.
- Give the paint some time to dry.
*If you are making this craft with a toddler or just want to skip the mess of paint, use markers or crayons instead to color your paper plate.
Step 2: Start the Worm
- Twirl your pipe cleaner around the pencil
- When you get to the end, form a tight spiral on which you will put the pompom head of your worm.
Step 3: Finish Your Wiggly Worm
- Put the googly eyes on your small green pompom
- Place a generous drop of glue on the end flat end of the pipe cleaner
- Place the pompom onto the Elmer’s glue and sit aside to give it time to dry.
Step 4: Use the Apple Template
- Print out the apple template
- Use it to cut the apple shape out of your painted paper plate, now that the paint is dry.
- Then cut the stem and leaf out of your scraps of construction paper
*If you are working with a toddler, don’t bother with the template at all. Just leave the plate as is. You will need to paint or color the entire plate in this case. Then just cut basic shapes out of the scraps of construction paper for the stem and leaf.
Step 5: Add Some Details to Your Apple Craft
- Use your markers to add some details to the leaf and stem
Step 6: Add the Worm Hole to Your Easy Apple Art
- Now it’s time to make a hole for the worm to go in.
- Get your single hole punch out and pick a spot on your apple. Then punch the hole. *Put it as far inward away from the edge as you can.
Turn Your Apple Craft into the Perfect Teacher Gift
Whether it’s teacher appreciation day, a special holiday or just a time when you want to thank that amazing teacher in your life, gift cards are always a great idea to show your gratitude. But instead of just putting it into a plain old card, add a pocket to the front of your easy apple art to hold your gift card. Last, write a personal message to your favorite teacher to finish off the gift.
Now that you know how to make this simple apple craft, change it up and really make it your own. Pick whatever colors you want. There’s no rule that says your apple has to be red. Maybe you want to add an entire family of worms to your apple. Or maybe you will make a basket full of teacher appreciation gifts from a few apple craft…put them in a basket, each with a different gift card or special treat in them. Wrap it up in cellophane and a big bow for the finishing touch.