May 25, 2015

Transforming A Vase into a Hurricane

Look what I found on the "reduced" aisle!

I picked up this inexpensive seeded glass vase a few days ago.

I saw this in TJ Maxx and circled back around for it. I thought it had possibilities beyond the ten dollar price tag. The size and embossed dots lured me over to it. 

I love to play with vases and hurricanes...and thought that this piece could work for both. It is a little over sized. But I could see great possibilities. It went into my shopping cart! 

Here are the four steps I took to transform this vase into a hurricane. (Easy peasy!)

First step...put about a cup of white craft sand in the bottom. I already had some in my craft tub.

Second step...put about a cup of crushed shells on top of the sand. I already had these in my craft tub also.(Crushed shells are from WalMart's floral department.)

Third step, place a candle on top of the crushed shells. Then twist the candle down into the shell bits for more stability.

Fourth Step, place on a tray.
Easy peasy new arrangement!

I can see putting some of my shell collection around the base of the the basket.

This simple arrangement will will work on the kitchen table or on the back porch table. 

I like to use sand and shell bits for the look, as well as for the ease of cleaning up wax drips. I thought of using small pea size decorative gravel on top of the sand, but since summer is in sight I went crushed shell bits.

You can use different sand and gravel combinations depending on the season. 

I might like to put small pine cone filler on top of the sand and then layer some pine cones around the outside base of the vase. 

Then maybe a burlap bow for some fluff.
I had the burlap in my craft stash too. 
So no cost. Yea! 
In fact...the vase (under ten dollars) was the only thing I did purchase for this arrangement. 

I tried this mirrored tray underneath...and this is a possibility for when I want a more sparkly look. 

But...I went back to my wicker tray for more of a summer/natural look because this arrangement may be used on the back porch dining table. What do you think? Burlap bow...yes or no?

I think I told you all that I have pretty much switched to using white or ivory candles these days. They work for almost every dining or decorating style. White goes with everything! No worry about matching colors. I like things to be simple... where I can switch candles into different hurricanes or candlesticks on a whim. I do not want to have to try to find a candle in a certain shade. Been there, done that, as they say. Simple is my mantra these days.

I can also see using this "vase/hurricane" for a large bunch of  fresh cut flowers. If I had peony bushes...this vase would be full of fresh cut stems. I love peonies!

You may have another type of large jar or vase that you could transform into a hurricane. Even if your jar is a shade of long as it is transparent you should be able to do this. Remember to use a base of sand before placing your candle(s) inside...then go any design direction you want. If you like colorful candles...use those and then co-ordinate other filler and table linens with you filler colors. 

Since I was doing this craft project on the dining room table...I thought I would include this shot. Here is that story.

A word of caution with candles around young children or pets careful when lit. 
This arrangement is simple and uncluttered looking, which opens the possibility for using it in different places around the house. I am sure it will pop up in another picture or two in the future. But the question is...what will it look like? Who knows? ha! 

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you are having a great day.

Here are a few posts from the past that you might have missed:
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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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