Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dollar Tree Hurricanes

These Dollar Tree hurricanes have taken the Internet by storm. Last week one of the sweet ladies at the Gardenweb Holiday Forum posted about a blogger named Melissa that had made these pretty hurricanes from items found at the Dollar Tree. They were inspired by very pricey ones at Williams Sonoma.

It took visits to a few stores, but I finally got the supplies I needed. I found the candlesticks and the hurricane/vases, but couldn't find the tall, slim jar candles at any of the Dollar Trees I visited. We found these prayer candles at an Hispanic grocery store, and they worked great.

Melissa had hot-glued her hurricanes to the candlesticks, but some of the ladies at Gardenweb suggested using G.E. Silicone II clear caulking for windows and doors for a project like this, so that's what I did.

Here are the supplies:

And here's a completed hurricane:

I put mine on my mantle as I already have my centerpiece planned out for my Thanksgiving table, but these would look wonderful on your table too.

The total cost of these hurricanes was approximately $4 each. I placed leaves and nandina berries from my yard in them. What's nice about these is that you can switch out the items around the candle to fit any holiday.

Sorry about the bright picture, but the sun was streaming in my kitchen window. Hey, I won't complain; I love the sunshine! I wanted to post about my two Cracker Barrel finds from last night. This beautiful tureen was half off... was the squirrel salt & pepper shakers...

I collect tureens, and I'm nuts about acorns (pun intended!), so I was thrilled with these finds.

Visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday. There are sure to be lots of neat before and after projects.


  1. This is just fantastic. I just love it. They look just beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh My! I love these! I am running out to $$ Tree today! Wonderful idea! Thanks...Debbie

  3. They came out great, Tammy!
    And your cracker barrel finds are so cute!
    No CB's here...:(

  4. Guess where I'm headed in the morning....
    These hurricanes are so cool! I love the clever. Thanks for sharing this idea with all of us. Love your CB finds, too!!!

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  5. Tammy they turned out so cute! Great idea. Have a Happy Thanksgiving:)

  6. Good job! They look so pretty on your fireplace!

  7. Bought the same soup tureen yesterday. Did you see the sock thingy that looks like a brother to Rupert & Gabby?

  8. I love your hurricane project Tammy! They look great on your mantle.

    That tureen and squirrel s&p are too precious.

    xo ~m

  9. The project turned out great. I am going to try something similar for my holiday table.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. Love the candle inspiration. I would never have thought of putting candle holder under the hurricane to raise it up. Aweseome idea, thank you Tammy an Melissa for such a elegant cost saving/time saving inspirational concept. If it were not 5:30 am I and getting ready for work, I would be at Dollar Store trying to locate supplies.

  11. I can't believe you made these-they are really beautiful. They look stunning on your mantelpiece too. How clever are you!!!
    Best wishes, Natasha.

  12. OK dollar tree goes back on my shopping list for later today! Those are charming!

    And the Cracker Barrel tureen and S&Ps ... so cute. I love tureens, and someday HOPE to have a collection!

  13. Tammy, I love the hurricanes. They look soooo elegant...great idea!

  14. The hurricanes look so elegant! Way to go!!

  15. Love the hurricanes. So cheap and easy!! I'm actually off to the dollar store today so your post came at a perfect time. If I can find everything I need, I'm going to try them. Thanks so much for sharing! And oh, LOVE Mr. Squirrel!!

  16. Those are beautiful and so versatile!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love yours, too! I had seen Melissa's originally as well, but my Dollar Tree didn't have the larger size. I'm hoping at some point they will because I'd like to make a couple of these for myself! The ones I did make will be gifts.


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