These are the flower vases I made for my kids' teachers this year. Aren't they cute? And SUPER EASY to make!
You can use any diameter containers you like, as long as there is a gap in between the two big enough to fit the plastic letters through. I played with lots of different sizes and shapes in the middle of the store before finding the right combo.
Next, just run a line of glue around the bottom of the smaller jar, and place it inside the bigger one. (Note: remove price stickers first!) Make sure you center the smaller jar in the bigger one as best you can. I used SuperGlue, mainly because I didn't want to sit there and hold the smaller jar in place while the glue dried, but this part won't be exposed to water, so your favorite glue should work fine.
Once that was good and dry, its time to decorate. I used these, which I found at Toys R Us, but you could probably find some at the Dollar Store that would work just great too.
They are just the generic plastic letters with the little magnet on the back, if you have little kids, you probably have 3 million of these hiding underneath your couch.
I let the Puddleduck help me put the letters in. We did it randomly, trying to vary color some, but she got excited and just shoved them in willy nilly. You could probably get really creative and arrange the letters so they spell something, but we were going for quick and easy. Shake the jar every once and a while to settle the letters a bit. Make sure the magnet side of the letter is facing inward before you drop it in, because it can be a pain to fish a backwards letter back out (not that I know or anything)
Thats it! Add some fresh flowers, a ribbon and a lovely Thank You card, and you're done! Quick and easy teacher gifts!