Dollar Store hurricanes

Have you seen these candle holders from Williams Sonoma before?  Aren’t they pretty?  Way too pricey though.   Here is a knock off version that will cost you only $2 to make!

I first saw this idea from Get Your Martha On when she made her version here.  They looked so beautiful so I just had to try it.

The only thing I did differently was get the hurricanes at the dollar store instead of Walmart.  The ones at Walmart are bigger and look great, but I just wasn’t up for waiting in line for 30 minutes fighting the crowd, so the Dollar Store it was!

First get your hurricanes and glass candlesticks.  Remember, get all of this from the dollar store.  Never underestimate the power of a dollar. :)

Then put some gorilla glue on the candlestick and stick to the bottom of hurricane.  You could use hot glue too, but it will eventually come off.  I’ve tried it before.

Then try and be patient and let the glue sit for a while.  It’s heavy duty stuff.

While you are waiting, maybe you could catch up on reading a few good books.

Then you have this when it’s all dry.

You like?

Then just fill them with whatever you want to use.  You can use any vase filler, rocks, candy, candles, anything.  If you use candles, I would suggest putting some sand or rocks on the bottom before you drop in the candle.  Trust me.

I decorated mine with dollar store rocks, sand, and jute.  I had the seashell and vase filler stuff already.

Here they are with some of my other glass things on my entry table.

Love glass!!  And that is my cheese dome cloche I made that I have the hurricanes displayed by.  In case you missed that post you can read that here.

You can’t beat the price of this project being $2.  I’ll take that any day!

*Update – click here to see another version of the hurricanes with the flared glass that I love even more.



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  1. First to comment. Yeah!!

    I love this idea. I am going to steal..uummmm…I borrow it ! :)

  2. Gorilla Glue IS amazing! This is so very chic!

  3. Great tutorial! Thanks! I will definitely be trying this out — they’re beautiful!

  4. Love it!

  5. Those turned out great!!

  6. WOW! I adore your precious blog and all of your fantastic decor ideas. I just found you and I will be back often! This is a truly beautiful hurricane display. Gorgeous job!

    Please come by and visit my blog anytime. You’re always welcome!
    Warmly, ~Melissa

  7. Your projects are fabulous! So glad I found you through All Thingz Related today. I’ll be back often!! :O)

    Have a beacy day…

    Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea
    “Celebrating the Coastal Lifestyle”

  8. Thank you for coming by and for following along as well! I’ll do the same.
    I look forward to getting to know you better.

    Blessings to you and yours. ~Melissa

  9. I am adding you to my blogroll! Your blog is just fabulous my friend!

  10. I love these hurricanes too! I saw them at get your martha on as well and made them right a way. They are on my mantle:) Thanks for sharing yours.

  11. Love it all! Funny, I found beautiful hurricanes at a garage sales, but didn’t know what to do with them. Of course the next day I was kicking myself when I received my Pottery Barn catalog and could think of all sorts of things to do with them!! A little too late…

  12. Looks great! I have some of those hurricanes left over from a party that I threw. Totally need to add this to my craft list of to-dos!

  13. Those look great!! That’s a great idea for a candy buffet too!

  14. This a fabulous project. I love the look, but I love the price even more. I will check my local dollar store and then Walmart as a last resort. I’ll send my pictures when I finish. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Your hurricanes look fabulous! I love the way you filled them.

  16. Looks great! Your fillers look really great.. some of the best I’ve seen! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. I added a link from my blog to yours since I couldn’t resist adding my love of this project to my latest post!

  18. These turned out fabulous! I’m running to my dollar store later today. I hope they have everything I need there because I definitely want to try this. Coming over from Blue Cricket Design and a happy new follower!


  19. Hi there! Awesome job on the hurricanes – I’m ?ing it! Come see me – I’m giving away 3 super chic Sam Moon cuff bracelets at:

    Have a great day! ?Laurie

  20. That is SO cool! I’ve seen the same concept for tiered trays, and have wanted to try it, but this is so cute too, and cheaper! LOVE IT!

  21. I love what you filled them with! They look great!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

  22. Wow, those are great!

  23. I LOVE them! Of course…I’m a sucker for anything that comes from a dollar store! ;)
    Thanks for linking up to gettin’ crafty on hump day!! :)

  24. Love how these turned out and you certainly cannot beat the cost!!!

  25. I made these for Christmas and put candles in them. I agree about the hot glue. Love seashells and sand!!!!!!!! You should come visit, we have the same decor strategy!

  26. LOVE IT!!!!Thanks for participating in Thrifty Thursday this week! Hugs!
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  27. These are great. I have never seen these before. (Where have I been!0 I’m going to try these!

  28. Found you via HOH’s Linky Party – and ohmygosh, those are too cool! I’ve been eyeing all those cool hurricanes for awhile, but I’m a little too cheap to pay up the big bucks for them. These look great, and 2$ is a bargain!


  29. What a fantastic idea! Those look great the way you have them displayed!

  30. Fantastic idea!!!

  31. Great job!! So summery….I love what you filled them with!

  32. Omg! I just bought very similar candle holders at the dollar store and was going to do something like this. I may just have to burrow your version, I think yours turned out better in real life than my idea floating in my head.

    Stopping by via HoH.

  33. These are cute, and go well with your birdie-in-a-bell project, well done! Happy Transformation Thursday <3

  34. Oh HONEY!!! I am so glad I stopped by!!! These are exactly what I need for my daughter’s upcoming bridal shower tables!!!! I am doing a beach theme since they got engaged at the beach. Thanks SOOOO much!!!! XO, Pinky

  35. My $$ store is lame… they haven’t had anything like these in the year I have been watching for them! :(

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  36. Love it! It’s definitely going on my list of things to do. :)

  37. I need to make some of these. Isn’t the dollar store awesome? And they look perfect with your cloche.

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts.

  38. WAY cute! I love the price! Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello party.
    -Mama E

  39. So I’m obsessed with apothecary jars and hurricane jars… I will definitely have to try this! Thanks!

  40. Those turned out great!

  41. Beautiful. Did you make your sand TIMER too?
    The only thing I need to ask is that you add our logo to your side bar or to the post.


  42. just wanted to let you know i featured you on my blog today. thanks again for linking up to “AP Tuesdays!”

  43. Saw you featured over at New Nostalgia. And I am SOOOO copying you! Thanks for some great inspiration. I’m adding you to my blog roll so I can pick your brain again!

  44. Oddly enough, I have both of the items and need to pull out the gorrilla glue to close the deal on this fabulous idea. THANKS for sharing.

  45. Never saw those done that way before. Very clever. We have a glass vessel sink giveaway this week so please stop by if you have time. Jane F.

  46. I have GOT to get me some Gorilla Glue!

  47. I saw these at the dollar store as I was looking for cool decorations, I never in a million years could have though up this project. Thanks for sharing.

  48. wow, what a great idea, they look perfect!

  49. Lovely! I’m going to check out your cloche post, as well. I bought one at Goodwill a while back, but it didn’t come with a base.

  50. Love all the natural elements and glass! Looks fabulous.

  51. LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing…I found you on Nester’s link up today! :) I’m going to have to try this very soon!!

  52. I LOVE these…and I have a bunch of vases just like that hanging around from a party.

    Thank you for linking up this week!

  53. I think I’m your newest follower! I love your blog and I absolutely love your hurricanes. I made some too after I saw your easy tutorial and linked to your site. So hopefully I’ll be sending some more new followers your way!
    You’re amazing!

  54. These turned out gorgeous! I love the fillers you used. {very chic} Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are having a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  55. I featured you this week. Great project!

  56. OMG! I am having that why didn’t I think of that moment! So genius! These are totally on the to do list for this weekend! Love it!

    hugs! Kim @
    party inspiration

  57. I LOVE this project I went out and bought 3 sets to begin with and loved the result so much I went back and bought 5 more sets but I used different styles of vases/bowls for those. cant wait for them to dry so i can display them all!! Thanks so much


  58. Thanks so much for linking to The DIY Club’s Competition. We greatly apprecicate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  59. I just wanted to let you know that you or one of the projects we are considering as on of the top 10 finalist but one of the specified guidelines is that our button needs to be in the post or on your sidebar to be qualified.

    We will post our finalist tomorrow morning so we need to have you take car of this immediately as we decide on our final 10.


  60. LOVE these! I am going to have to see if my $1 store has these supplies!

    stopping by from the CSI project!

  61. Love this idea! So simple and elegant! Good job!

  62. I love these!!! I’ve been to 4 Dollar Tree stores in my area over the past 6 months & none of them ever had those same vases. I feel cheated. Yours turned out fabulous.

  63. These look great!

  64. Neat idea! I might try it!

  65. I just bought some Gorilla glue and I’ll be going to the Dollar Tree today…thanks for the tip!


  66. Okay…so I couldn’t resist asking, Why is it important to add something before the candle? What will happen without it?

    • Well, it will be really hard to get the wax out once you are done with the candle. And if you use one that’s not slender enough, it will melt around the sides and just make a big mess. I used pillar candles that fit the jar before, and it just kind of melted in the hurricane. So if you put some sand or rocks in first, your clean up will be much easier! And use a slender candle. Maybe just a little fatter than a taper candle. :)

  67. Love this idea!! Thanks!!

  68. brilliant!

  69. i am soooooo doing this on monday.


  70. this is awesome! i can’t wait to do this!

  71. wow this is soooo clever! and i love your glass table. you have awesome taste :)

  72. Yay for dollar store crafting! :)

  73. I made some last night! I bought 2 hurricanes at the Dollar Tree. They have 2 sizes now and one thick big stubby nice one at the Thrift store for $1.49 and the glass candle sticks from the Thrift store 2 just like the ones you have in the photo for 50 Cents each and one big fat one for $1.49 for the thicker hurricane. I used E6000 glue and they look great. That glue dries clear and the glass looks welded together. Not like you are going to see it when you place your trinkets or candles in them. I want to make more! They would be really cute for a candy bar at a party or wedding! Just add pretty tags and ribbon!

  74. This is great! They look exactly like the WS ones! Thanks to all these wonderful blogs, I’ve been to the $ store 3 times this week… Guess it’ll be 4 now… I’ll be making these hurricanes for sure! Thanks for sharing your great idea! =)

  75. Hi! Thank you so much for this tutorial…just made my own for fall. I hope you don’t mind that I linked this tutorial in my blog to make sure you got the credit for it…stop by if you have the time @

    Thank you!

    Kaitlyn @ The Birds Nest

  76. This is just brilliant! Thank you!

  77. I’ve been looking for a great all purpose glue. Thanks! Love your idea!

  78. OMG- I love the domed Clioche!!! I can defo make these and i LOVE Footed hurricanes but like you- I refuse to pay the price department stores want for them!!! if you do smaller ones- they look AWESOME with candy in them at Christmas time- or the larger ones with sparkly ornaments and greenery!!! Red or gold or silver ribbon on the outside of course!! TY for this!!!

  79. Thank you for such a great idea! I pinned this sometime ago and finally made it! Now, I’m sharing it with the peeps over on my blog next week! Come check it out! Thanks again for the idea!

  80. This is perfect!! Love the idea…was looking for my Candy/Sweet bar. Inexpensive and very versatile!!


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