Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!

Hello! I’m Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore. It is an privilege to be a part of this series. Today I’m going to share a very simple idea that you could customize a hundred ways to fit your taste and style. When my boys give their teachers a gift, I always want to include a personal note from our family. I think gifts are an a great way to show appreciation, but a hand written note telling a teacher why we are thankful for her (we’ve only had female teachers so far) is so important too. So, here’s my little “Message In A Bottle”…which can be turned into complimenting bud vases after the note is read!



  • Small glass bottles (mine are from Micheals $.99)
  • Scrap lace (mine is an old curtain I found at a garage sale)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Decoupage
  • Small clothespin & tag



Begin by adhering the lace to the jars. I trimmed the lace down to the size I wanted then glued it to the glass by applying decoupage directly to the glass and again on top of the lace. It takes a lot of decoupage, just coat the lace thoroughly and smooth with your fingers. Let dry. I chose to leave one edge loose in order to fold it over later.

On one jar, I wrapped scrap fabric down the jar. I started with a knot hot glued to the lace and then twisted the fabric as I went to add some texture.

Either you or the student can write a thank you note to the teacher receiving the gift. Roll it tightly and secure the cute tape.

My two jars.

I then attached a little card to the front. For homeroom teachers, I might attach a gift card here too.


Super easy to create and customize. Have fun crafting and celebrating the teachers in your life!

Thanks for having me Cindy!

About Ashley Ann:

As mom to five kids (4 at home and baby girl waiting in China) she finds the most beauty in ordinary moments and relishes the adventure of parenthood with her husband Chris. Ashley chronicles her adventures as a mom, crafter, photographer and advocate her her blog, Under the Sycamore. Ashley also teaches SnapShop workshops (online intro to photography courses) throughout the year.

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  1. My children are all grown so no teachers to gift. I think this would be nice for a small gift for a shut in or just to cheer someone up. The not could say anything…
    Very pretty.

  2. Wow, I LOVE this idea! Those cute little bottles and the lace – just gorgeous! My kids are all teens now, but I’ll bet even they have some teachers they would like to treat with something like this 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

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