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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Holiday Project: glass hurricanes ...
I picked up four glass hurricanes at a yard sale several years ago. While they're certainly useful, they were really plain jane. With just a few minutes of time and minimal materials, I found a way to transform them into contemporary decor that can be used during the holidays or anytime of year.
Simply tape off the exterior surface in vertical stripes with blue painters' tape and spray with Krylon Frosted Glass Finish (available at any craft store). After about an hour of dry time, carefully remove the tape to reveal alternating clear and frosted stripes. Let the hurricane fully dry over the next 24 hours before handling. I sat each hurricane on a glass candle dish, added a candle and placed an inexpensive, store-bought wreath around the bottom.
The candlelit hurricanes add a warm holiday glow and can be transformed for year-round use by simply removing the wreath.
There are so many ways to use hurricanes in holiday decorating. Here are a few that caught my eye.
Berries add a colorful touch in the photo (above left) from Winterthur Weddings. Red carnations and pearlized mini-ornaments dress the holiday table (above right) from Digs Digs.
Martha Stewart always has clever ideas for holiday decorating. Here she suggests using a stencil over a glass hurricane, applying a layer of glue over the cut-out, followed by a layer of glittered frost. The result (left) is really lovely.
I would have to say Martha's are my favs of the bunch - classic and understated.
Below are two charming ideas via Home Trend Design to dress up your holidays. Holly and berries surround the floating candle (below left), while sprigs of cedar climb the hurricane glass (below right).