Dollar store hurricanes!

Now, I fully realize that by DIY decor blog standards, I am WAY behind the curve.  These hurricane vases were all the rage in those circles about 6 months ago.  And when I first saw them, I definitely wanted to try them.  But then everytime I went to Dollar Tree, they were either out of one of the two components, or it just didn’t cross my mind.  Finally on Sunday, everything came together, and I bought the last of what they had, which happened to be enough to make myself a pair of lovely hurricanes…For a whopping $4!

The inspiration for these hurricanes came from Pottery Barn, where you can get the following vases for $60 each!

The tallest one on the left could be all yours...for $60. Want a pair? That will set you back $120! Or you can spend $4 and make a pair that are just as pretty!

Now, I wish I knew who originally came up with this idea.  As I mentioned before, it kind of went viral in the DIY blogosphere over the holiday season last year, and it was reposted and reposted so many times in so many different versions, that I think the originator got lost somewhere along the way.  But if anyone knows, please let me know and I will happily give credit.

Go to the candle/floral section of your local Dollar Tree store.  You should find glass taper candle holders and fluted vases that look like what you see below.  You will also need some kind of clear adhesive.  I have seen people use hot glue (like I did), E6000, Gorilla Glue, Super Glue…really any kind of strong adhesive that dries clear will work.

I am sure you see where I am going with this…It’s pretty self explanatory.  Put a generous bead of glue around the rim of the taper holder…

Take your vase, and place very carefully onto the taper candle.  It helps to look down into the center of the vase to make sure the taper is centered…

Once the adhesive has set, you are DONE!

You can use them for candles as I have, or you can fill them with various things.  I have seen fall leaves & glass acorns, sand & seashells, sparkly Christmas ornaments, etc.  I have also seen them stacked with river stones on the bottom, with a candle resting on top.  They are beautiful, cheap, easy, and extremely versatile.  Why not give them a try yourself?


10 responses

    • Thank you! If you google “dollar store hurricanes”, you can see what other people are doing with theirs. So many great ideas have stemmed from this quick, cheap little project! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I wanted to tell you that I happened to find myself at the dollar store by chance (ahem) and totally made these. I am going to upload a pic on my blog and I wanted to reference your blog as well, but thought I should ask first.

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