10 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas with Hurricane Vases

Are you as excited about fall as I am? Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and I can’t wait to share ten simple fall decorating ideas with hurricane vases with you.

I am thrilled that it is a cloudy day with steady rain from Hurricane Hillary, and I am enjoying some downtime to get a few things done.

Fall candle in a glass hurricane with acorns. This hurrican vase is sitting inside of a wooden lantern with faux fall stems.

Today is our Pinterest Challenge Day. If you are unfamiliar with this challenge, our host Cindy @countyroad407 gives us a picture, and we will re-create it with our twist.

If you came over from my friend Julies @myweeabode, welcome. I am sure you loved her coffee table decorating for fall.

The best part is seeing how everyone interprets the image; we always have a variety of interpretations. Be sure to click through all the links at the end of my post to see the fantastic re-creations of this vignette.

Fall Pinterest Challenge

Our inspiration image came from Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe.

What is hurricane glass, and why do they call it this?

The hurricane glass (drinking glass) is named after the Hurricane cocktail, invented at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans in the 1940s. The cocktail is a sweet, fruity drink made with rum, passion fruit syrup, orange curaçao, and other ingredients. It is served in tall, wide glass with a weighted base known as hurricane glass. This glass has a very distinct shape and comes in different sizes.

Hurricane glass shape became very popular, and soon vases and candle stick sleeves were being made. 

Today I will focus on the glass hurricane that slips over a pillar or taper candle.

Why are they a good choice for fall decorating?

Hurricane vases are an easy way to create fall decor because they can be used to display various DIY fall decor ideas. Let me show you how hurricane glass creates simple fall decor.

Where can I purchase a hurricane vase?

You can buy a hurricane vase and most of what I have used to decorate with at the craft store. You may even find a few items at the thrift store or Dollar Tree.

I have also created affiliate links where you can purchase the parts to create your own home decor. I always appreciate it when you use my links.

It does not cost you anymore, but it does help me to keep my blogging business alive.

Ten simple fall decorating ideas with hurricane vases

1. Pillar candle and acorns

Our challenge image inspired me to create this fall centerpiece.

I started by placing a pillar candle in a glass. Then, I added some faux acorns to the glass and placed it inside an open wood lantern.

I added orange pumpkins, pine cones, and pods that I picked up on my morning walk and some faux leaves.

This is an easy and inexpensive way to create a fall centerpiece with a natural look for your coffee table.

Wooden open lantern with a glass hurricane lamp filled with a candle and acorns. A pumpkin and fall leaves finish the look.

2. Small orange and white pumpkins

Miniature pumpkins and gourds are a classic fall decoration.

  • Gather your materials. You will need a basket tray, hurricane glass, velvet pumpkins, light-colored artificial leaves, a few vintage books, and real candles in soft colors.
  • Place the velvet pumpkins in the hurricane glass.
  • Add the light-colored artificial leaves around the pumpkins.
  • Place the vintage books around the pumpkins and leaves.
  • Place the real candles on the tray.
  • Enjoy your beautiful fall centerpiece!
Fall vignette with a hurricane glass vase full of small velvet pumpkins, a wicker candle and vintage books with fall leaves
Fall vignette with a hurricane glass vase full of small velvet pumpkins, a wicker candle and vintage books with fall leaves

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3. Small birds nest

A terracotta pot is perfect for the fall season. You can easily pick one up at Home Depot.

Fill the pot with plastic bags and Spanish moss.

Next, place a simple glass hurricane vase with a bird’s nest on the moss.

I then added a few dried pods, some dried eucalyptus, and some smaller pots that are the perfect fall colors.

Hurricane glass vase sitting on top of a red clay pot. The glass is filled with abirds nest and a sweet bird, Dried Eucalyptus and other pods fill the arrangement.
Up close of a birds nest sitting inside of a glass hurricane vase.
Up close of a birds nest sitting inside of a glass hurricane vase.

4. Corn husks and natural fall foliage

I love using my open wood lantern as a beautiful focal point on my dining room table. 

  • I placed a few pieces of dry foam in the bottom of the lantern.
  • Cover the foam with Spanish moss. 
  • Place your hurricane glass in the center of the lantern.
  • Fill the glass with natural corn husks. 
  • Add real autumn leaves and grasses in neutral colors to decorate around the glass.
Wooden open lantern with a glass hurricane vase filled with corn husks. Fall leaves and ornamental grasses finish off the fall look.

5. Dough bowl with wrapped candle and pinecones

Start with a wooden dough bowl and place your vase in the center for a simple arrangement. 

Wrap faux leaves (I bought these burlap leave at the dollar store) around a pillar candle with twine and place them inside the glass. 

​Add a few faux leaves, pine cones, and pods, and you are done! It is as easy as that.

Simple fall arrangement with pine cones and a candle wrapped with leaves and small pine cones inside of a hurricane glass vase
Simple fall arrangement with pine cones and a candle wrapped with leaves and small pine cones inside of a hurricane glass vase sitting in a dough bowl.

6. Popcorn kernels, dried beans, and a taper candle

You can use popcorn kernels, dried kidney beans, and lentils from the dollar store to fill a glass vase around a taper candle in a dough bowl with fall foliage.

  • Gather your materials. You will need a glass vase, candle stick holder, corn kernels, dried kidney beans, lentils, a taper candle, and a dough bowl.
  • Place the taper candle in a candlestick inside the dough bowl’s hurricane glass.
  • Fill the glass vase with popcorn kernels, dried kidney beans, and lentils.
  • Add some fall foliage around the candle and the vase.
Glass Hurricane filled with popcorn, kidney beans and dried lentils. Holding up a taper candle sitting in a dough bowl.

This makes a perfect centerpiece for your fall tablescape.

7. Faux fruit

Using my wooden lantern, I placed faux persimmons inside the glass hurricane and added a few pinecones and natural leaves. 

I love the pop of color the fruit gives this arrangement.

This would be beautiful on your kitchen counter for the holiday season. 

Wood lantern with a glass hurricane filled with persimmons and pine cones for a fall decoration.
Wood lantern with a glass hurricane filled with persimmons and pine cones for a fall decoration.

8. Wheat

I think this is one of my favorites! There is something so beautiful about wheat.

I used a small wicker picnic basket, added the large cylindrical vase, and laid a bundle of wheat wrapped in velvet ribbon inside. 

I used a soft color scheme and a small plastic pumpkin to pull it together.  Lastly, I added a small wicker candle.

Candles add warmth and ambiance to any room. They are a great way to set the mood for a fall gathering.

Bundle of wheat tied with a velvet ribbon and placed in a glass hurricane vase.
Fall DIY Projects- Bundle of wheat tied with a velvet ribbon and placed in a glass hurricane vase.

9. Simple Candle Centerpiece

You can use a vintage urn to create a simple, elegant piece for your fireplace mantel.

Here are the steps in more detail:

  • Gather your materials. You will need a vintage urn, a glass hurricane, a small candle holder, a taper candle, some Spanish moss, and a floral pick with a miniature pumpkin.
  • Place the glass hurricane on top of the vintage urn.
  • Place the small candle holder inside the glass hurricane and insert the taper candle.
  • Place some Spanish moss around the outside edge of the hurricane glass to keep it in place.
  • Add the floral pick with the miniature pumpkin to the top of the glass hurricane.
Glass hurricane vase sitting in a vintage urn holding a single taper candle and some faux fall leaves with a pumpkin.

10. Miniature pinecones and acorn branches

  • Place your simple glass vase inside an open lantern. 
  • Fill the vase with miniature pinecones and add a few faux branches of acorns. 
  • Surround the vase with faux fall foliage in just the right colors.
Glass hurricane fulled with small pine cones and stems of acorns in an open wooden lantern decorated with silk fall leaves.


No matter how you put it together, a hurricane vase for fall is a versatile and beautiful way to decorate this season.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Choose a hurricane vase that matches the colors and style of your décor.
  • Fill the vase with objects that reflect the colors of fall.
  • Use candles to add a warm and inviting touch to your centerpiece.
  • Get creative and have fun with your arrangements!

Hurricane vases are a versatile and affordable way to decorate for fall. With some creativity, you can make a beautiful and festive centerpiece to welcome the season.

Now it is time to hop over to my friend Diane’s @southhousedesigns. You’ll love the gorgeous fall arrangement she’s created.

And when you’re done there, check out the other talented women’s fall creations. They’re sure to inspire you.”


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    1. Thank you Stacy! You are the best. I will be sharing all about your book soon.

  1. Your wooden lantern is so unique and versatile. I love all the ways you’ve used it with a hurricane vase. I think the mini velvet pumpkins and oak leaves is my favorite! pinned!

  2. Yes, the glass hurricane is one of the most versatile decor accessories to own! So many beautiful ideas, Wendy; loved them all. I’m crushing on your wood lantern piece; trying to figure if I’ve got some vintage odds and ends I could create something like that with;)

    1. Thank you, Lora. That is a great idea. A few spindles or moldings would be a great way to create a pic like this.

  3. So many lovely ideas Wendy! I especially like the hurricane with the terracotta and little nest!

  4. Wendy I’m always so impressed with your arrangements. Each one is so elegant yet rustic at the same time. Your little bird nest is such a sweet and charming idea! Love that!

    1. Thank you, Michelle. I had fun coming up with all of the different ideas. I hope you are having a great week.

  5. Gorgeous as always my friend. And so much inspiration!!! You are amazing.

  6. I had no idea about the history of hurricanes and am so glad you mentioned it! How fun is that?! You’ve created some unique ideas and I love the simple wheat with ribbon. But my gosh, they are all beautiful. Wish we could get some rain around here. Stay safe Wendy. Glad you could join us. pinned

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I, too, think the wheat is my favorite.

  7. So many great ideas for using hurricanes. I especially love your fruit and the wheat. Unusual and so fun. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Oh my goodness, Wendy. So many great ideas. So much fun hopping with you today. Happy Fall, my friend.

  9. So many beautiful filler ideas, Wendy! I love all the layers of colors and textures. It makes your vignettes feel so warm and inviting. Hope your transition from summer to fall is filled with lots of fun memories, CoCo

  10. RACHEL HARPER says:

    I love your clever ideas. Each one is a WOW! So fun doing these together.

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