Back to School Apple Memo Board

Back to School Apple Memo Board

Hello there! Ivy here from @ivypinkmade. Is it really back to school time already? 

I thought summer this year was going to go by super slow, but nope, I feel like it whizzed by quicker than all the other summers! We go back to school soon which means it’s time to make teacher gifts and that is what I bring to you today. Let's get started! This would also be a great organization piece for your homeschool/e-learning station if your kids are doing school at home.


  • Cardstock Warehouse Cardstock Papers
    • Sweet Tooth White
    • Christmas Multi-Pack (Wild Cherry & Gumdrop Green)
    • Lemon Drop
    • Red Hot
    • Cherry Wood Veneer
  • Scissors
  • Cricut Maker
  • Chalk Ink Pads
  • Fineliner Pens
  • Xyron Creative Station
  • 3L ATG gun
  • Apple-shaped wood blank 
  • Sewing Machine (I use a Janome Sew Mini)

Back to School Memo Board Supplies


I found this blank apple from Target's dollar spot and essentially what we are going to do is make mini pockets going down and covering the apple. 

Cut all the papers to 3.5”

Back to School Memo Board Paper Cutting

Take the Lemon drop paper and apply adhesive halfway on both sides of the short end.

Adhere Lemon drop 1” below Cherry Veneer paper.

Adhering Lemon Drop Paper

Take the Sweet tooth cardstock and cut some flowers using a die cutting machine. 

Run the flowers through the Xyron Creative Station to make stickers.

running flowers through xyron creative station

Take your yellow chalk ink and go around the edge of the flower to give it some color.

Yellow chalk ink on white flowers

Adhere the flowers on Lemon Drop cardstock randomly and put adhesive along the bottom edge and halfway on the short ends. Place Gumdrop on top of Lemon Drop to make your second pocket.

Layering Lemon Drop and Gumdrop Green

For your last pocket, take the 5” Red Hot cardstock and measure your apple to see how far down you need to adhere it. The pocket sizes all depends on how thin or wide you placed the other colors. 

Adding Red Hot pocket

Before you adhere the Red Hot cardstock down, cut the leaves using gumdrop green and adhere it.


Adding Leaves to Back to School Memo Board

Trace your apple and cut the cardstock to an apple shape.


Cutting pockets down to apple shape

I sewed the edge of the apple using a Janome Sew Mini, I wanted to give it a finished look,

it was not a perfect sewing job, those curves are hard!

Sewing details around edge of Apple Memo Board

I cut letters on the die cutting machine using Wild Cherry. It's a shade darker than red hot to have it stand out a little. Run it through the creative station sticker maker and adhere it on the Red Hot cardstock. I used the letters to cover all my sewing imperfections.

Adding letters to Back to School Memo Board

To make the last pocket, adhere the bottom of the apple to Sweet Tooth white cardstock and trim around the bottom.

Adding Sweet Tooth White to back of pocket

For the finishing touches, use a Fineliner pen to add details to the flowers, leaves, and letters. Once you are done decorating, adhere your entire paper apple to the wood board for stability using a strong adhesive like glue dots, scor-tape, or hot glue.


Adding details with fineliner pens

I looked through my stash to find little envelopes, memo sheets, and tags; this was the fun part! Now your mini memo holder is complete. 

Back to School Apple Memo Board

I hope you enjoyed this project. These little pockets would be cute using any shape!

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Have a crafty day, friends!


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