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Thrifty Hurricane Tutorial

Ah, my simple dining room table centerpiece.
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.

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. 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!)

  2. 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 domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

  3. Split peas = genius. They look festive and springy without being covered in, you know, glittery leprechauns or whatever. 😉

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. this is such a great idea ! love it ! I’m a new follower 🙂

  8. 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

  9. So cute…I’m stealing your idea 🙂 Looks great!

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

  17. 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!! 🙂

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

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

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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!

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

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.)

  30. 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


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

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

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

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

  35. 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!!!

  36. 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! 😉

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

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

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

  42. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

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

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  45. What a pretty and very thrifty idea! thank you for sharing this tutorial with us. I like the flowers more than peas, I think this really is good centerpiece during dinner with the family, aside from the fact that it is easy to make with few steps.

  46. I love your hurricane with green peas! Those dried peas don’t always cook up to be soft enough for soup, so this I can definitely use! Would it be ok if I feature your blog on my new blogsite http://www.somersethouse.me? Joan

  47. Is their anothe glue that will hold better.After a while glue un sticks to glass.

  48. I love simple so these are perfect! Plus they look really nice. Visiting from The Creative Gallery party.

  49. Such a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

  50. I always love an elegant (but inexpensive) decorating idea! ..I’ll be back!

  51. Terrific ideas! I made hurricane lamps for my sister for Christmas one year and they were a big hit. I love yours with the rose petals. Glad I found your post on the #HomeMattersParty

  52. Patricia Schroll says:

    Lots of comments should tell you what a wonderful idea you had with the hurricane lamps. Love them all but really like the green peas idea!! Rose petals really nice. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

  53. Thank you for this helpful idea! I’m always at the Goodwill, so I’ll be on the lookout for some vases and candlestick holders the next time I stop in. The split green peas look awesome; I never would’ve thought of such a creative use.

  54. I use rock salt in something similar. It looked very elegant.

  55. I love this idea. I actually have boxes of stuff to drop off at Goodwill this week but while I purge my home of 20 years of clutter I was looking for vase filler ideas to make things look pretty in my new pared-down home for spring and came upon your blog.. now I may be on the lookout for some old candlesticks to make my filled vases more interesting . I’ve played around with marbles and shells and sand for summer, Christmas ornaments and pinecones in winter, corks and other similar items … but hadn’t thought about using veggies and I love that idea – but even more so I loved the hurricanes you made with the candlesticks and vases. The rose petals with the floating candles are gorgeous. Something to try for a romantic dinner.
    I look forward to reading more ideas in your blog.

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