WHAT TO PUT IN A HURRICANE
As you browse through this offering of hurricanes, note some of the ways they are used. Hurricanes are not only for candles, though that’s a traditional and fabulous way to use them. Consider treating them almost like apothecary jars and filling them with anything and everything that fits inside. Think of using textural things like nuts, pinecones, river rock, sand or seashells or mini marshmallows. Or fill them with color for a bright spot on a table - things like twirls of ribbon, marbles, soaps, colored water, flowers or even colored cereal like Trix. Layering your filler can add extra interest too. A layer of sand topped by seashells, a layer of rocks topped by pinecones, a layer of marbles topped by soaps…..you get the idea.
HURRICANES FOR FALL HOLIDAY USE
Though hurricanes can be used all year, they are a natural fit for the holidays. Seasonal decor dictates specific colors and sometimes a specific item to use with your hurricanes. Fall calls for the use of fall leaves and nuts and branches. Lay a bed of fall leaves or a couple of branches with leaves still attached, nestle a couple of hurricanes amongst the leaves, put a layer of nuts or brown river rock inside the hurricane and then add the nice, fat pillar candle on top for an instant punch of fall decor. For Halloween, add a spider climbing the outside of the hurricane or tuck a black cat among the leaves. Thanksgiving can build upon the same fall color palette but replacing the fun items of Halloween with food items like little pumpkins, corn or gourds.
Here you’ll find a few of the hurricanes that appealed to me and have great shape and/or value.
1. A classic hurricane shape ….. with a twist; this one is on a pedestal giving it extra elegance and it’s 24″ height provides major drama. (Grand Hurricane, Pottery Barn $69)
2. Another footed version that could double beautifully as a vase. (Hayden Hurricane, Williams & Sonoma $28-118)
3. A more casual take on a hurricane, the straighter sides make it a little more modern. (Footed Glass Hurricane, West Elm $19-39)
4. More rustic or country feeling, these hurricanes have a raised holder for a candle making it even easier to add a great filler if you want. (Soliz Hurricane, CostPlus $35 see ad below)
5. These double wall hurricanes give you lots of design options. (Double Wall, Pottery Barn $50)
6. A modern, square hurricane can make a statement using a cluster of candles or one oversize one. (Piazza, Crate & Barrel $35)
7. As a final option, use a wall mounted hurricane for some real drama. (Black Flourish Wall Hurricane, Amazon.com $99/pr) Set of 2 Large Black Pillar Flourish Design Wall Candle Holders 29″
NOTE: All of the links above go to a main page and then I’ve included the item name so you can easily search the site. Sites often rearrange the pages of their products so a link directly to the item might not be valid in a couple weeks. Just search the site by the item name and you should find what you’re looking for.
If you’ve got a good shopping source for all things candle or candle holder related, let me know and I’ll share it with my readers. Or if your creativity is on overdrive and you have more readily available, unusual filler ideas, I’d love to hear them. If you have a hurricane or two and they’ve just been sitting around with only a candle in them, I hope this inspires you to try something different and give new life to your setting.