Thrifty Hurricane Tutorial

Ah, my simple dining room table centerpiece.
Thrifty Hurricanes!  Only $2 each!  Perfect for everyday decor or special occasions!
Brad didn’t believe that I made them myself at first, so I had to show him the “before” pics off of my camera.  I took this as a compliment.  I like it so much I think I might do this as the centerpiece on half of our reception tables.


3 vases– I already had these, but you can easily get some from Dollar Tree or a thrift shop.
3 candlesticks– I got mine from Goodwill for $.99 each.

First, I washed and dried the vases and candlesticks.

Then, I applied the E6000 glue onto the rim of the candlesticks with a toothpick.
Next, I put the vases on top of the candlesticks and applied some pressure. I let them set for a little bit, and then I got anxious and put candles in them to see what they would look like.  This may have helped because then the candles were applying pressure.  Either way, it didn’t seem to hurt.

I wanted the hurricanes to have a St. Patrick’s Day look, so I filled them with some split peas.  

While I wish I could say that this was an original idea, I initially saw this over at
my blessed life.

EDIT: I ended up making 6 sets of 3 hurricanes to use as centerpieces on half of the tables at our wedding reception.  I filled them with water, dropped in some rose petals, and put a floating candle on top.  Floral arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, and hypercum berries, made by our florist, were placed on the other tables.


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  1. Love the peas! Great idea…

  2. What a great idea, love the hurricanes!

  3. Love the use of split peas for vase filler! Perfect for spring.

  4. That’s a cute idea! I love how you did split peas for filler! (I’ve used beans and rice, but not peas, thanks for the idea!)

  5. so pretty, and thrifty… great combo. winks-jen

  6. Looks great, love the split peas! I have tons of the vases left over from a wedding I did, next time I see some candle sticks at the thrift store, I’ll know what to get them for! Stop by sometime

  7. Split peas = genius. They look festive and springy without being covered in, you know, glittery leprechauns or whatever. ;-)

  8. They look great! The peas are an ingenious filler!

  9. I JUST made these (but haven’t blogged them) myself!! Love it!!

    Also, the split peas? super super genius.

    I’ll link back to yours when I do mine…because that is just awesome.

  10. what a great DIY!

  11. I love the peas too. Very cute idea. They turned out fabulously!

  12. Those are adorable! I want a set just like them!

  13. Duh! I have the medium sized candlestick that’s from the dollar store. I never thought of searching for a larger and a smaller to make a graduated set of hurricanes. Thanks for the easy tip!

  14. This is a really nice idea, I LOVE beans and stuff. Anything natural.
    I enjoyed visiting your blog and hope that you will visit mine as well =) :

  15. this is such a great idea ! love it ! I’m a new follower :)

  16. I love it!! I may share on my blog if that’s okay?

  17. wow so quick and easy! Seriously looks like something outta pottery barn. I have added a trip to the dollar store on my to do list today lol

  18. So cute…I’m stealing your idea :) Looks great!

  19. looks great, and i love that the candlesticks you chose were all different.

  20. adorable!! it looks wonderful!!

  21. Wow. Those look amazing. I’m your newest follower. Be sure to stop by my blog Monday and add your project to the More The Merrier Monday Link Party.

  22. Ummm, yes, I must do that! I have 3 empty hurricanes sitting on my mantle as I type! Thanks!

  23. What a great idea! So easy and inexpensive, I love it. I’m your newest follower!

    Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered:

    ~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

  24. These are so lovely! And even better that they are magically thrifty too!

  25. That is very clever. Hurricanes are ridiculously priced and there’s no reason for that! Love outsmarting the system, and getting something this classy. Nice work.

  26. your idea or not.. i love it! :)

  27. This is brilliant! I’m digging out my E6000 right now!

  28. They look really nice, well done!

  29. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  30. Okay I love the split peas for St. Paddys Day decorating! Great job – they look fantastic!

  31. I love the peas! I’ve used them at Christmas in stripes with white beans but never thought of St Patrick’s Day! Great job!

  32. Very cute. I love the split pea filler what a great idea for some color and to celebrate St. Pattys day.

  33. I’ve made some of these myself, so easy and they look great. I like the different candle sticks you used and the peas look great. I need to find a filler for mine for the Spring.

  34. So cute!! Very smart idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  35. I’ve started to see some really cool ideas using dried split peas. I love your idea too! I love candles and love to see new ways to display them! I’m definately going to do this! – Karen

  36. These are beautiful! Thank you for linking up!

  37. I love this idea – the split peas add a nice punch of colour too! You also have great pictures!

  38. Brilliant! You have such an eye for creativity! I was walking the aisles of the dollar tree yesterday looking at their candlesticks and vases – I could have bought those exact supplies and made this – I may have to go back and try it! I never would have thought!!! Loving the split peas as well.

    FANTASTIC idea!! This is definitely one I’m going to try!! :)

  39. Okay – I am obsessed. I’m so going back to the dollar tree today!

  40. Gorgeous!!! And great for Spring and Summer, really! Not just St. Pat’s day. Thanks for the great idea…off to buy split peas.

  41. I did some of these too several weeks ago. I put coffee beans in mine and it makes my kitchen smell lovely! Love the green for spring!

    Check mine out:

  42. Really cute with the peas. I got hooked on these hurricanes last fall & have made several. I use some little green styofoam beads from the $Store that look like peas. I’m a new follower.

  43. looove this idea! you have a beautiful blog! i am a new follower :)

  44. LOVE this!! I’m going to have to try this out! it looks awesome!

  45. Soooooo cute!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Terry @

  46. PRETTY!! Everything looks better in 3s, great job! Just popping in from TT&J :)

  47. I love your idea!! Can’t wait to head over to Michaels and the dollar store in the morning:)

  48. Love the peas! Such a great idea!

  49. These are so simple, and that is the beauty of them! I have been looking for something to be a centerpiece on my dining room table…I think I’m stealing your idea. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Love the pea idea! I think the fact you had to show off he before pictures is awesome!

  51. Hi! Found you via your link up at Tatertots & Jello. Lovely idea (will be sharing it on our Bellenza FB page)!

  52. So clever! Love it!

  53. You just gave me an idea for St. Paddy’s deco. Love it.

  54. So cute! I featured this on my blog today, please feel free to pop over and check it out!

  55. I’m featuring this project tomorrow as one of the highlights from last week’s Just Something I Whipped Up party. :) xoxo

  56. The peas are PERFECT!!!!!

  57. this looks gorgeous!! I love the peas!!!!!

  58. Love this idea … so simple yet beautiful! I’m a new follower! I also gave you an award over at my blog. Feel free to stop by and grab it! Dana @ D’Lea Designs

  59. So cute!! I would love for you to add your post to our St. Patty’s link up:
    Thanks for sharing!

  60. Hey there! Just stopping by to let you know I’m showing this off over at Crafts & Sutch today! Please pop over to take a peek and grab a “SUTCH an Inspiration” button! You deserve it! :)

    Have a great week!

  61. I made those as well, except I covered one with twine. So nice and so inexpensive. I get tons of compliments – nobody ever believes that they are homemade. FYI, I am your newest follower. Come and visit my blog sometime.

  62. LOVE these! I love thrifty crafting! Thanks for sharing!

  63. Congrads. This was the most viewed link last week at Whatever Goes Wednesday. I love dollar store projects! Great job! I am highlighting it today on my blog. Grab my “featured” button. (And welcome to blogland. You are off to a fantastic start.)

  64. I love this and have scheduled a feature of it for later this morning at Extreme Personal Measures.

    Extreme Personal Measures

  65. I LOVE your creative hurricanes, especially that you could change them up dependent on the season! I am going to share this (and link to you) in my Tuesday Idea List

  66. Loving the use of split peas! Wish I would have seen this before I did my display. I may have to add these in!!

  67. Awww, thank you for the linky love at the end of your post! I LOVE, love, love the split peas!!!! Brilliant!

  68. Featured you today at A Crafty Soiree

    Thanks for sharing your project! Malia

  69. Fabulous idea! Love the peas for the green touch!

  70. LOVE these!! The split peas look great in there, too : )

  71. So cute. I used peas, beans, etc all the time they are such a fun decor item. Your creation looks amazing.

  72. Cute!!!!!!

  73. I have 7 daughters to plan weddings for someday!!! I’ve been trying to think of basic centerpieces that we could use for all of them. These are so perfect because the “bones” are there and we can make each wedding unique by changing the “insides”. Thanks SO much!!!

  74. I love these. Dollar Store materials plus a great idea. I’m deciding if I can find a kid proof place to put something like this (and if I can…definitely making them).

    I did feature them, though on my blog post about great (and thrifty) spring ideas in the green decor category:

    Thanks again for sharing!

  75. Hey girl! I used a part of this idea in my St. P’s Tablescape. Thanks for sharing!

  76. hey girl! remember how I told you we were on the same craft mind?
    I gave some pause between your post & mine…but my post is up now and I gave you a shout out! come check it out!

  77. I just had to stop by to say, THANK YOU for the very clever idea! I couldn’t resist either, and picked up a few things to do a pair for our shoppe! I wish I had “before” pics, but the bases of the ones I made up were tall tea-light holders. I filled THAT part with the peas before adhering the “hurricane” tops, and we LOVE how they turned out. …so did the gals down at the boutique where our shoppe is located! Thanks a ton!

    ~Morgan from The Prim ~n~ Proper Shoppe~

    Please stop by to see yesterday’s post with the hurricane photos! ;)

  78. Hi! We loved your project and blogged about it – hope that is ok!!

    We love the color combination with the peas!

    Jen and Katie

  79. Chelsea, I love this project – I have it on my pinboard – and I am featuring it today on my other site –

    This project has such an elegant result!

  80. I just had to stop by to say, THANK YOU for the very clever idea! I couldn’t resist either, and picked up a few things to do a pair for our shoppe! I wish I had “before” pics, but the bases of the ones I made up were tall tea-light holders. I filled THAT part with the peas before adhering the “hurricane” tops, and we LOVE how they turned out. …so did the gals down at the boutique where our shoppe is located! Thanks a ton! Sightline Payments Kirk SanfordTop Casinos Online

  81. I’m about to make them now.. I’m so excited.. I found most of the items at the dollar tree.. I spent $ 6 dollars on the vases and candle holders. I spent 3 on the candles. I found GREEN gem rocks ( There wasn’t peas at the dollar tree) I spent about 3 bucks on those. Doubt I will use them. I bought 3 bags of peas at walmart for 98 a piece. As well as some ribbon which I doubt I will use.. And the glue which was 2.97 ~ I don’t have a crafty bone in my body.. I guess until this past JAN when I was introduced to Pinterest. <3.. St.Patty’s Day is one of my fav holidays since Im Irish <3.. I cannot wait to make these and Im super stoked.. Thanks so much for sharing.. PS.. I LOVE YOUR BLOG.

  82. as a Dubliner living in the US who gets a bit nauseated with same ole tired St. Patrick’s Day decor every year in the stores made from China I applaud your lovely split peas look :D. It’s alot more elegant and simple even St. Pat himself would approve as a lover of all things natural!

  83. So pretty!! LOVE LOVE this idea!!

  84. Great idea! The peas are great or the whole spring season!!

    I featured you today in my Friday I’m In Love Favorites!

    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

  85. Those look amazing! I am definitely going to have to try them. I would love for you to share them on my link party!

  86. How many bags of split peas did you use here? Thanks!

  87. Just wanted to share that you’ve been featured on our SMITTEN: SPRING 2012 GUIDE!

  88. So simple but so pretty. Such a great idea!

  89. What size are the vases? These are beautiful and look so easy to make.

  90. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    These are so pretty! I also love the rose petal idea. So simple.. Thanks for sharing!

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