Seven Ways to Decorate Glass Candle Hurricanes

December 05, 2023

Seven beautiful ways to decorate glass candle holder hurricanes.

If you're looking for one really inexpensive way to decorate all year round, but especially at the holidays, these simple glass cylinders are your answer!

I started collecting these round hurricane candle holders from the thrift store years ago. There always seems to be one or two on the shelves and they are soooo inexpensive. 

You can also find smaller versions at Dollar Tree and larger sizes on sale at craft stores as well. I think the most I've spent on one was $10, and that was a giant one! 

I try to grab these in different sizes and heights for my displays. 

I was going through my holiday posts the other day and noticed how many ways I've changed these basic glass vases over the years. 

They are so easy to change up! Here are some of the ways (with instructions at the links) I've decorated these DIY candle holders...

Fabric wrapped candles 

These sweater wrapped candles are one of my favorites. I used second hand sweaters and wrapped them around the glass: 
sweater wrapped candle hurricanes

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These are even easier if you use the arms of a sweater! 

You could use red, white and green fabric for a cute holiday display as well. :) 

I used fabric one other time to wrap the glass containers for the long mirrored tray centerpiece I made for our old dining room table.
I LOVED this centerpiece and think I need to bring it back!: 
fabric candles mirror centerpiece

That thin, gauzy fabric is perfect because it diffuses the candlelight and makes the whole display even softer and prettier. 

You can use real candles, but I prefer the LED versions with a "flickering flame" when I add anything to the outside.

If you don't have a long tray like this, try a wide or long wood bowl instead! 

Paper wrapped candles

This next one was another favorite! I loved this gold and silver combo so much! 

I used gorgeous metallic wrapping paper and cut the pieces to size to wrap around the glass: 
gold and silver paper candle hurricanes

All you need is a pair of scissors and some tape to secure the wrapping paper on the back. 

This set of gold wrapping paper or this trio would look so good!

Those metallic holders displayed with the greenery were just so lovely on the mantel. 

I used this same idea in our living room a few years ago, but this time used birch bark wrapping paper around the candles
birch paper candleholders

I found this paper at HomeGoods years back, but found a similar birch option here.

I kept these wrapping paper covers so I could do this one again...I love that they looked great even without the candles lit. 

Those birch candles and the sweater versions would be beautiful to keep out all winter long! 

If you have holiday themed craft paper punches, you can add some cute detail like I did with these snowflake covered cylinders
metallic snowflakes on candleholders

It was so easy -- I used sparkly scrapbook paper and snowflake punches. SO cute! 

I sprayed the cut outs lightly with spray adhesive and stuck them on. They stayed put but the residue easily washed off later on. 

You can also use a paint brush to cover the back of each shape with mod podge to stick it on the glass.

This set of snowflake craft punches is similar to what I used and comes with three sizes. 

Using other materials to wrap your candles 

This next one is super easy to keep and reuse from year to year.

metallic radiator sheet candles

The sheeting comes in a bunch of different designs and metal tones, so this one is easy to change up. 

Just pull the metal off to keep them for the next year!

And finally, my latest makeover with these cylinders. 

I wrapped the glass with faux leather for a more contemporary design: 
DIY leather wrapped hurricanes

The ready-made options I found online were crazy expensive -- I made these for a fraction of the cost!

And a bonus Christmas candle project -- see the six ways I decorated my $2 Goodwill candleholders with different vase fillers here: 
DIY Goodwill candlesticks

Have you used these inexpensive glass hurricane vases around your house? 

Of course they look beautiful with just a pillar candle inside! But they're so easy to change up inexpensively, you could create a new look every year! :) 

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  1. Sarah - Brilliant idea, so impactful, easy, and customizable!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. All super great ideas. I need to learn to think outside of the box. Thanks for the lesson!

  3. The two dollar candle holder was one of the first projects of yours that I copied--love these candle holder ideas!

  4. I love all of these ideas. I love candles in general :)

  5. I love the snowflake ones, perfect for Christmas.


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