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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Decorating | 8 comments

Decorated Charleston Hurricane Vases

Decorated Charleston Hurricane Vases

BONUS POST!!!  Normally I don’t make many crafty things or DIY and if I really think about it, this isn’t much of a do anything yourself because it’s so simple but it’s really cute so I decided to share.  You see, I’m a little impressed with myself because every craft I’ve ever attempted, and I mean EVER, has gone horribly wrong.  I was embarrassed I let myself see it.  So I guess that’s why I’m showing you these.  It really only takes pouring some dried beans in a Charleston Hurricane Vase, or any hurricane vase for that matter, grabbing a good smelling candle and tying a bow but they’re really cute!  Did I mention that?

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I’ve had these two Charleston (I think that’s what they’re called because they aren’t traditional hurricane glasses) Hurricane Vases I got at a Southern Living Home party many years ago and usually I have split peas in them with a mossy green candle and green bow because it matches the coloring in my house.  Today though, I wanted to try something different.  I’ll change it up again at Christmas time and put cranberries and white candles.  Now that’s really, really cute!

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These are sort of Halloween-ish and Thanksgiving all rolled together and they have a little longevity and can go until after Thanksgiving so they’re perfect.

I grabbed a couple of great smelling candles, these are mulled cider, and a bag of generic dried black beans.

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I halved the bag of beans and dumped each half in the hurricane vases.  Nestled the candles inside like so…

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You’ll also need a ribbon to tie at the bottom.  I use wired ribbon so the bow stays nice and pretty.  They’re very cheap and keep their shape.

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See how pretty they are sitting on my dining room table?  And so very easy!

Try it.  You can probably grab some hurricane vases at a discount or even dollar store.  I bet you get compliments on your creativity!  And…you’re welcome. :)



    • Thank you sweet lady! It is a slight departure from my normal posts but I’m branching out a bit. They were super simple. I do it a lot with split peas and green candles and I’m going to try some other combinations.

  1. This looks so pretty, and simple enough even *I* could do it! Thanks so much for the great idea!

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    • I am NOT a crafter! I mean NOT AT ALL! But I do this all the time. I mean a monkey could do it. And I change it up all the time with other ingredients. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hello,
    I absolutely fell in love with these hurricans after I saw them on your page. I found similar ones on ebay called Southern living Madeline Hurrican. Can you tell me are yours size (large) 8″ diameter x 13″ tall; holds 16 cups or is it the (small) 7″ diameter x 9″; holds 5 cups?
    I ordered the small and hoping it’s the same size as the ones in your picture. Love all you decorating ideas.
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    • I’m sorry I am just now seeing this. These are from Southern Living so you’re looking at exactly what I have but I couldn’t tell you he sizes specifically since over had them for many years. Hope they work out for you!!!

  3. Any idea where I can order those Charleston type hurricane vases? I’d love to use your idea for my wedding and I need to find some of these asap.

    Thanks so much,


    • Hi there! I think I got them from Southern Living at Home but I want to say I’ve seen them or simulate ones at both Hobby Lobby and possibly Walmart. You could maybe even try Michaels? If I think of another place I’ll be sure and let you know!!


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