November 16, 2009

dollar store version of the WS glass hurricane

ETA: if you can't find these supplies in your store, see this post

When I opened an email from Williams Sonoma a few weeks ago and saw this glass hurricane, it took my breath away:

photo from Williams Sonoma
Isn't it gorgeous? I loved it.
So, of course it was on my mind. I wish I could empty my brain sometimes, but alas, it was smashed in there along with other useful tidbits of information that I want to remember later, like did you know you're only supposed to run cold water in your garbage disposal to make it last longer?

Anyway! Stay on track, Melissa...
I was picking up some Christmas goodies at the Dollar Tree, and look what I found in the candle/glassware aisle:

Do you see where this is going?

First, remove the tags.

Then, take the candlestick, put some hot glue around the top rim, and place the hurricane on top of it, looking down into the hurricane vase to be sure it's centered.

I love that the Dollar Tree has these hurricanes! Then, take your white skinny candle (next to the saints candles in the aisle), put some hot glue on that and stick it in the hurricane.

Then, go out and find some pretty leaves from a tree, or use fake ones. I chose to use brown, cuz that's what William used, and it's very Thanksgiving-ish
and let them fall gently between the candle and the hurricane
Trim your wicks down, light your candles,
and love that you spent only about 15 minutes, and $3 each, instead of WS $80 ones!

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but wouldn't these look lovely on your holiday table? Or as a hostess gift?
All of the supplies were at the Dollar Tree, but you could re-create it using supplies from Target, Walmart, Michaels, etc.
I noticed that Hob Lob had some glass candle holders that looked almost exactly like the Williams Sonoma bases, so for a few more dollars you could get closer to that look.

I can't wait to change out the leaves for red berries at Christmas, spring blossoms in the spring, or lemon leaves in the summer.


Have a great day~



129 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I know where I'm going tomorrow. :)

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  2. I love it!! All of Rob's family will be here for Thanksgiving and I've been stumped on the centerpieces for the table! This is perfect! Thanks...and Happy Thanksgiving! Susan

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  3. What an amazing job! I love the idea, thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Woohoo! In your face, Williams Sonoma. ;) Kidding...I do love them. Very very pretty!!!

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  5. Oh my snap!!!!!! I WILL be copying you! Beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Sariah

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  6. Those are gorgeous!! I need to look closer at the dollar store for things like this.

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  7. Well, it looks I need to take a trip to the dollar store! What an awesome idea :-)

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  8. So beautiful- I love the way your mind works! I'm hitting the dollar store tomorrow!

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  9. I'll be hitting the dollar store tomorrow! These are awesome - LOVE them!

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  10. My jaw literally dropped! So cheap, so gorgeous, so BRILLIANT!

    Can you tell I love these? I'm soooo going to the Dollar Tree tomorrow!

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  11. How simple and inexpensive! I think I'll make a few for our Thanksgiving table this year. They will be gifts for the hostess. Perfect!

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  12. You are a smart cookie!
    I love it!!!!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Andrea

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  13. I love a good knock-off, and this one is great!

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  14. Very cute and cheap! Swap out the leaves for gold or silver tinsel at Christmastime, at least that's what I plan on doing when I copy your idea;)

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  15. I have seen these hurricanes at Dollar Tree and figured that there had to be something cool to make with them! LOVE IT!!

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  16. Oh goodness...I love it! It's so easy and affordable. I can't wait to make this. Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa

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  17. They are gorgeous - and you are invited to my home anytime if that is the hostess gift!

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  18. Thanks so much for the cheaper version tutorial. I'm stopping in the morning at the Dollar Store to make my own. I would of never thought of the red berries either. I might see if I can find some small christmas balls that would fit instead! You ROCK!

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  19. Thanks for posting how to do this, Melissa! :)

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  20. You are brilliant I tell ya!!! I'm going to be making some of these. Can't wait to get to the dollar store. I bet they'll be beautiful with red berries at Christmas time.

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  21. Oh Melissa...
    Girl I am lovin this one. I cannot wait to go and buy my glassware tomorrow at lunch, and ofcourse I won't be finding any Fall leaves here in Phoenix, but I bet Michaels will have something almost as good. Can't wait.

    Have a beautiful Tuesday and thanks for sharing this one. It will go real far for the holidays.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

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  22. What a great idea! Now I have to go to the dollar store

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  23. Melissa ~ how clever - you are amazing. They are so beautiful and this is something I can actually afford! Yay! I've got to copy you on this one.

    And wouldn't little Easter egg candies look cute in it on that holiday.

    Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

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  24. beautiful! and wow! you have a knack! thanks for sharing!

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  25. I'm hosting an early Thanksgiving on Sunday and this idea is perfect for my buffet table. Thanks you!

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  26. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  27. I love it, I did the same thing about a week ago, except I found some brass candle sticks, spray painted them Christmas red, and hot glued the glass to it... so pretty, I love your idea, I may try it next.

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  28. They really are very beautiful! Wow, very very creative!!

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  29. Truly beautiful, and I simply cannot believe the price. As Elaine on Seinfield would say, "Get out of here". Really -- I am adding this to my to do list on my blog with a link to your project!

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  30. Oh, I am so going to do this. Thanks for being creative so I can copy you.

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  31. Beautiful project! It turned out so well. Really great!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  32. That is truly amazing. You have inspired me and I will be making a dollar store run today. What is the name one you went to? Is it dollar tree?

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  33. Love it, can't wait to try one. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Sandy

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  34. These are amazing! What a beautiful project and a beautiful price:>) I'm having a handmade holidays linky party and I would love for you to share these!

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  35. Love it! I think they would look great with sand and shells as well :)

    Thinking about making a set for my hubby's grandma.

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  36. Great idea! I saw that WS ad too. You have given me the courage to try this. It seems like I am making a daily trip to our Dollar Store while I am getting ready for this Christmas House Tour.

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

    Charla

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  37. Love it! I am so making this for my Turkey day table! Thanks for sharing.

    You could even get the glass etching cream from the craft store and make cute gifts for the family or monogram your own.

    Off to Dollar Tree to buy all the hurricanes now!

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  38. Great job, they look beautiful!

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  39. Don't you just love the dollar store? They turned out wonderful. Great job.

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  40. Okay, I'm convinced now ~ you are a genius! I love this idea and what a great look for little money! I am definitely going to do this and just imagine what you could put in there for Christmas. Also, Melissa, I finished my monogram napkin plate {from your inspiration} and just posted it this morning.

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  41. I am so doing this! This is a fantastic idea....way to go!

    Nancy

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  42. Great idea. If you get really ambitious, you could using etching cream to create a monogram. I tried it once and it was a mess, but someone told me the key is to apply a smooth coat of cream and let it sit for a little longer than the instructions on the bottle suggest.

    Now, I'm getting all excited. I want to try this!

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  43. AWESOME! I just saw those tall candles the other day and was standing in the aisle trying to decide what to do with them. Going back to get them now! Hoping the hurricanes are there! I didn't see those.

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  44. You are amazing! I love what you made! I have some from SL that I love, but yours are just as nice and waaay cheaper. Way to go. Good luck with your move, I love your yard sale purchases also. Marla

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  45. What a great project. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll do these for my mantel for Christmas.

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  46. These turned out so beautiful!!! I love them. I am so going to the Dollar Tree today!! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Wow!!! Unbelievable! You know, you can always have a giveaway...just sayin :)

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  48. Love this! You can even take it one step further using an etching product for the monogram. Great job!

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  49. What a great idea! And I love how you recreated these from itmes from the dollar tree! I think I am going to have to make these!!

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  50. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Yes, ma'am! This is great! Very clever girl, you are. I can just see these on a Thanksgiving table. And since the hurricanes are elevated, you could twine berries or greenery or whatever around the bases and still get the full effect of the hurricanes. Neato.

    Thanks for sharing your brilliance!

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  52. Melissa those are beautiful!!
    ~TidyMom

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  53. So pretty! You could even wrap the
    glass inside candle with a pretty paper!I'll definately be making a trip to the dollar store!
    Blessings~
    Leigh Ann

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  54. I love it! I am thinking these would be great for neighbor Christmas gifts!!!!

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  55. Yeah, that's amazing!! I am SOOO going to make these this weekend!! THANKS!!

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  56. I'm going to zip right over to the dollar store this morning to copy you copying WS. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  57. Good Work!! I wish I had seen this 2 weeks ago. They would have looked lovely for a center pieces at our Young Womens in Excellence. I still can't wait to try making a few for myself. Watch out Dollar Tree here I come!

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  58. An excellent rendition... good eye! I've glued candlesticks to glass plates to make my own pedestals and thought I was pretty clever, but this beats me by miles!

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  59. Those are fantactic! I am actually going to go out this weekend and create a pair for myself! I love how you can add different decorations between the candle and the hurricane and it is all protected by glass. I might try addig things that can float in tinted water....

    Great inspiration!

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  60. Your hurricanes are absolutely beautiful! There are so many crafts I want to make soon and the best part is all the supplies can be found at the dollar store.

    Thanks for sharing your creative idea.
    Christien

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  61. I love the idea and can't wait to get to Dollar Tree and buy the supplies. I'm hosting Thanksgiving and have been looking for some festive decorations. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  62. Amazing! I'm so trying this one!

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  63. What a great idea! I already have some of the hurricanes (purchased at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago). Now I just need the candles and the candlesticks.

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  64. This was yet again another great idea! I went to Dollar Tree today and got all the stuff except would you believe that the Dollar Tree near my house did not have any saint candles or ones like you got! I'll have to see if WalMart has some or something. CRAZY!
    They also had those mirrored christmas trees like the cool ones at Target so of course I had to snag some of those! I may actually have a cute house this year for Christmas...we'll see.

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  65. Lovely!!!! What a great reinterpretation of the original ones. They look great, and you can so easily change them. Fake snow midwinter, small eggs come easter, shells in summer. The possibilities are endless.

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  66. Um...dollar tree...here I come! I love this1

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  67. Oh Melissa, I just love this! I have some little acorns I have been trying to figure out what to do with, and these are just the perfect thing. Thanks for sharing!

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  68. It looks great and inexpensive and easy!

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  69. You should submit this to dollarstorecrafts.com! Awesome idea.

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  70. THNAK YOU! JUST FABULOUS! Such a big help. Thank you!

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  71. GREAT idea.....whatcha gonna do with that almost $70 you saved!?!?!?

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  72. Great idea - I love a good deal!

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  73. Oh, you clever girl, you! That is beautiful. What an easy project to do.

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  74. Oh. My. Goodness. Sakes. This. Is. A. Ridiculously. Fantastical. Idea! Thank u from an LDS girl in DC who is hosting both sides of the fam for a thanksgiving dinner/daughter's 8th birthday dinner AND a baptism and baby blessing (JUST had baby #4) all at once next weekend! This centerpeice will WOW them... I can see it now! Thanx!

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  75. ahhhh!! You are so smart and clever - I have tons of those small candle holders around me house, but I never hardly light tapers so they are just collecting dust- what a cute thing to do with them!!! Love it! Can not wait until I can hit the $ store tomorrow-thanks for the directions and cute pictures!

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  76. Beautiful! I little contact paper and some etching creme and you could even monogram them!

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  77. Melissa this is fantastic! I love yours better!!! I just might have to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. You come up with some great solutions to very expensive items. I love it. You did good girl!

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  79. Melissa, I ran right out to the Dollar Tree because I loved this so much!

    Do you know, they were SOLD OUT of the vases you used! The lady said they got in 10 cases of them and they sold like hotcakes! So, I called my mom and she ran over to her Dollar Tree. Sold out again!!! I think you created a run on these things! I am so sad!!!

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  80. wow! you're so creative! thanks for the inspiration, lora

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  81. Love this! I am going to make a couple this weekend!! I had to add a link to your post. :)

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  82. How darling! What a lovely addition to the Thanksgiving table....and could easily be switched out for Christmas....I do have a tiny suggestion....I think it might be better to use E6000 or another epoxy instead of the glue gun.....just in case your hurricane gets hot....and the glue gun glue would melt. It could be a disaster.... YIKES! I know....the likelihood is small... :-)


    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  83. This is genius! I love the saving for a very sililar look and I love that it took so little time,
    Thanks for the great idea

    Love
    Vanessa

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  84. Oh my goodness. those look great. I can't believe you got them at Dollar Tree. I feel a DT run coming on. Ha. That is the best idea I've seen lately!
    Sheila

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  85. Looks like I'll be stopping at the Dollar store after work tomorrow! These are beautiful!!

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  86. oh man!!! i went to dollar tree and found the candlestick stands, the "religious" candles and hurricanes that i THOUGHT you were referring to... but it really bugged me that the hurricanes were a bit shorter than the candles.... and i didn't remember yours being that way...

    duh... yours aren't! but dollar tree didn't have any taller hurricanes! is this project going to be more difficult than i thought?? do i have to search the town and pay more now? erg!

    still in love with the project, though!

    bought enough for 7 sets... 2 per table plus one for the buffet on thanksgiving!

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  87. these are soo pretty,, i looked at my dollar tree and they didnt have the vases or the skinny white candle.. but i did get the candle stick and a pretty glass bowl and made a candy dish.. Thanks for sharing this..

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  88. these candle hurricane lamps - on-a - candlestick are fantastic. brilliant idea. will have to find cheap alternatives in the UK!

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  89. What a great party Melissa ! I'm so behind, I want to put up my favorite things post, but havent' done it yet. How long is your party and how long is MckLinky up ?

    cheers
    Kate

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  90. I LOVED this idea so much I had to make them too.

    I posted a post about mine on my blog if you would like to see them.

    Thank you for making me thing outside the box while in Dollar Tree.

    Also for anyone not being able to fine the candles. Family Dollar has them as well but they are 50 cents more.

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  91. SO FUNNY--great minds think alike--I made the same thing this weekend.


    Cheri

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  92. I will definitely be making these sometime soon. I'll probably add scrapbook clear backed letters to add the monogram.

    Thanks for a great idea.

    Blessings,

    Natalie

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  93. I am so happy you shared this idea on Dollar store crafts! I made some today and they are GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for a beautiful, thrifty, way to decorate :) ! Love your blog too!

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  94. I made these today and they took about 5 seconds! So lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  95. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
    謝謝你的文章分享,請你有空到我

    參觀,Thanks

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  96. Umm, wow! I am absolutely impressed!! This is incredible!

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  97. I am thinking that you could use some frosted glass spray paint monogram them to make them even MORE similar. These are BEAUTIFUL...I'm sorry that I just now found them and am hoping that i can still find some glassware like that at my Dollar store. I'm pretty excited to shop tomorrow! Thanks!

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  98. Hey I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous idea! I ended up making these as well and they turned out beautifully! If you'd like to take a look, come on over!
    http://cccraftsnjunk.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-centerpieces.html

    Thanks again! Keep up the awesome work!

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  99. you are one fabulously creative and thrifty lady!

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  100. Wow!!! I love this! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  101. I'm over from Tidy Mom and wanted to say thanks for the idea! Yours turned out beautifully.

    Btw, I did know that about the cold water but didn't know why.
    ~ingrid

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  102. I'm very late in the commenting game, but I just had to say thank you for posting this! I actually have one of those exact hurricanes and a bazillion of those candle holders. Now I just need to go back for more hurricanes and the candles.

    I knew about the cold water, too. I actually mentioned it to my husband last week, and he thought I was crazy. :)

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  103. I'm new to your blog, so only getting to comment now.

    Great idea. I love switching out what surrounds my candles in my hurricanes. Sometimes I use candy (candy corn for Halloween, hearts at Valentine's etc.)

    - The Tablescaper

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  104. Check this out....http://www.decorchick.com/decorating/dollar-store-hurricanes/

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  105. I am soooo going to copy this this year! Cant believe you found something this great at the Dollar Tree!!

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  106. Hi--I originally saw your post via Decorchick's link, and wanted to let you know I was so inspired and am linking up to your post on my blog today.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    http://thatmommyblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-nestival.html

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  107. Such a great idea! Putting the Dollar Tree on my errand list for this weekend. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  108. I loved this idea and for so cheap so I made some for myself from garage sale candlestick holders and the Dollar Tree vases but they were out of the candles. So I have some other ideas to use them for my Christmas mantle! Thanks for the idea! I linked back to your post if you don't mind! Here is the link showing it! Have a great day! http://creativedecoratingonabudget.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-crafting-projects.html

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  109. This is a great idea! And today I found two tall hurricane lamps at the GW and quickly stopped at the DS for the two candles! Would also like to link back to your post if it's okay ... Thanks for sharing!

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  110. I didn't even know you could hot glue glass. I should try that. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

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  111. I just bought my stuff to make this today! (Had to buy a base at Walmart.) I can't wait to see how they turn out!

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  112. This is SO ironic! I stumbled onto your blog from another blog..I JUST made these for my sisters for Christmas!! I used the exact same items too EXCEPT I didn't know about putting the big candle in the middle of the hurricane..DARN IT!! Wish I'd of seen your post earlier lol..I also used the candle sticks and glass plates and made cake holders..three wick candle holders...etc..Great Job!!
    Shawna

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  113. With the monogram on the WS inspiration pieces, I'm thinking you could do a very simiar effect with a silver paint pen

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  114. You inspired this creation-thanks so much!

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  115. I LOVE IT!! I am going out this week to see what I can find locally!  What a great idea!  Way to go.  Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com 

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  116. melissa*320 sycamore1/8/14, 2:18 PM

    That was the hardest part for me as well! Thank goodness for goo gone!

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  117. this is so perfect, for me, for my hostess,for a Christmas present....Lots of uses...and with the added tips for use all year, I'll have a HIT present on my list.... thanks so much.

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  118. Just thought I would let you and everyone know that The Dollar Tree no longer carries these hurricane vases, but Walmart has one that is a similar size (no flare at the top) for only $3, so while it's not quite as cheap, it is still very affordable. I believe it can usually be found by their floral aisle.

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  119. I made these and love them!!! Thanks for sharing;p

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  120. Tina Phillips1/8/14, 7:00 PM

    Wow! Thanks for Sharing!

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  121. SO beautiful and easy!  You rock Melissa.  I bought a package of different color leaves at the dollar tree and threw them down in there and my 5 yr. old gathered some red berries for me off of a holly bush.  It looks so amazing that I made two for my mantle.

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  122. Thank you so much, got to do this tomarrow...I just love it.

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