Fall Decorating with Hurricane Vases

Do you have a “go-to” decorative item that you use for every season and you never tire of?  The Willow House Hemingway Hurricanes are two of my favorite versatile pieces that I change out many times a year. 
Fall is here (at least the calendar says so), and I decided to go with a natural look for these hurricanes, and I love how they turned out!
While I’ve had these hurricanes for years, I have seen many different versions at places like Target, Hobby Lobby, and even Wal-Mart.
For this project, I chose corn kernels, small red beans, and split peas.  
 Place the candle in the empty hurricane, then begin pouring the beans in very slowly around the candle to the desired level.  Repeat layers with different beans.
I tied a double string of simple jute (found at Hobby Lobby craft section) for an extra natural touch.
The color combination possibilities are endless with so many rich fall colors to choose from!  Specialty grocery stores have self-serve bins of dried lentils that you can choose from, as well.  A white candle would be a beautiful contrast!

 The beans/corn are pretty enough to stand alone without the candle, like this “candy corn” display from last year at Halloween…
To make the “candy corn,” I used Black beans, White Northern Beans, and Red Lentils
Tie a fun ribbon or let them stand alone!

Pinterest is full of ideas using beans and other natural elements.  Look around for other color combinations!

If you put one of these together, I’d love to see it.

Happy Fall, Y’all!
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  1. very cute! I love Pinterest!

  2. I love these ideas, Amanda! Even a non-crafty person like me could pull it off!

  3. Oh I’m all over this like white on rice baby!

    Love my hurricane!!

  4. Love this! Totally going to have to copy!!!

  5. I love my Hemingway Hurricane too! Right now I have mine filled with dried beans like you. Once October 1st hits I will swith it out for candy corn and have a black spider coming out of the top (made from black Twizzlers).
    I love how you did the beans for the candy corn effect. Cute!
    Stopping by from Amanda’s.

  6. Just saw your post over on Grits and Glamour. I love this idea! I’m putting it on my list of “things to do”! I am a new blogger and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me too! Many blessings to you!

  7. Love this idea. I even have the popcorn and split peas. LOL I might try this tomorrow. Thanks so much for joining in my very first Keep It Simple Party. Blessings, Barb

  8. What great ideas…I think I will give it a try!!!


  9. These turned out so great!! I love the layered colors!! I’m so ready to put out some fall decorations.

  10. good morning…looks great with the beans….I’ve got the same hurricane centered on my mantel and yes, it stays there for every season and I change it up…it’s perfect..come on over and check it out…happy weekend, Mariaelena…(now a follower)

  11. How cute! I love that idea. 🙂

  12. LOVE these! I’ve been trying to come up with something fall-ish for my kitchen and this would be perfect. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the idea with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  13. These are such great ideas. I particularly like last year’s Halloween use.I might have to steal it!

    I’d love to have you link your seasonal ideas to Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  14. I love this hurricane vases, fabulous! Hugs, FABBY

  15. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays. Hope to see you next week.

    – The Tablescaper

  16. Your candle holders look great, Happy Fall:@)

  17. So you got me on the very first visit to your blog. Count me in! I am a follower of the very clever you 🙂

  18. This is so lovely! And it will look great for autumn/fall too, think I’ll be taking a trip to the health store to make one for my bedroom to put on my empty bookshelf! Thanks for posting.

  19. Amanda, I love your hurricane vases. How clever to use dried beans and corn to fill them. Pretty, too! Happy Fall!

  20. My kind of project – cute, easy and thrify. I love how you change the hurricanes for the season. Lovely.

  21. Absolutely fabulous ideas, Amanda! I am soooo going to “benchmark” you…that means *copy* in military language.
    Saw it on Pinterest & came straight over to your blog.
    I’m your newest follower, too


  22. I found you through Pinterst and am in LOVE with your “candy corn” hurricane! Adorable and inexpensive! Thanks for the awesome tip!

  23. Love love love this! I will have to copy it!

  24. I LOVE this natural look with all the beautiful Fall colors! What a great way to decorate & change out for the seasons. I have a container ready to try out…yea!!!

  25. Hello,
    I visited your blog today – I saw you on ‘The Tablescaper’. Your blog is so pretty, colorful, and charming. I love those hurricane vases. You could also use those to decorate with other holidays too. Yes, Fall is in the air, and I just did a post about it too. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you and looking at all your wonderful ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  26. I love these. So very seasonal…and easy!! Thanks for sharing!

  27. I love this idea! I will have to remember to do this next Fall.It is Spring here so I will have to see what other ideas I can find!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  28. Make these ALL the time. They are the easiest way to dress up the home and I love adding natural elements to my decorating.

  29. What a wonderful cost effective way to add a pop of color somewhere. Luv it

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  33. how pretty love it as part of your fall decor come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  34. What a great idea…love it! I’m going to have to try this as part of my fall mantle decoration this year. Looks easy-peasy…that’s even better! 😉

    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Love the Hurricane idea! And your blog header is really sharp…love the whole look!

  36. Hi I’m your newest follower! I am off to the bean section of Kroger!

    Amber @junkaholicsunanimous

  37. This is really cute…and I was just at Central Market today buying different colored beans for my son’s kinder project…I’m gonna have to go back tomorrow and get some more…Thanks.

    Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin’ link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/09/you-rock-3.html . Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there…

    Remember…YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company

  38. LOVE these 🙂

  39. I stumbled upon your blog from Beneath My Heart…and I’m so glad I did.

    What a lovely idea!!!

    Have a BLESSED day.

  40. This is so cute! I found your blog through a picture of this on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing it.

  41. I love these ideas! Found your post through Tatertots and Jello, and just pinned these myself straight from your page. Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. I just love these! I’m going to pin them and put them on my FB page and hopefully try and MAKE them! 🙂

  43. Love it. thanks for sharing

  44. My gosh, you are so creative! I just put these on my friend’s FB who sells Willow House. Great idea! I am a new follower from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky @ http://www.messforless.net

  45. I love this idea! I am so going to do this! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  46. Wow! I’m impressed. This is something that I can definitely do. Brilliant and beautiful idea. You’re the best!

  47. I LOVE this idea!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-great-ideas/

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  48. Just found this great idea via Pinterest and featured it on my blog today! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Thank you so much for the idea. I made it this week for our Thanksgiving table. I felt almost talented when it comes to decorating! You can see my results here: http://eatlikearabbit.net/2011/11/03/thanksgiving-table-decoration

  50. These are so pretty!! Love it…gonna have to remember this for next fall 🙂 🙂

  51. Do you have spring suggestions?

  52. I love this! Doing it today!!!

  53. This is so simple but yet so perfect for the season! Great idea!

  54. I love the candy corn one! The popcorn is a great idea too 🙂

  55. These are adorable!!! They would even work really well for a fall wedding! It’s something that not everyone would think to do so the guests would really remember it. For more help planning your wedding go to http://www.myweddingbagonline.com.

  56. Just found this on Pinterest and HAD to let you know just how beautiful I think it is. WOW!!!
    Would love it if you would stop by my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and share this post and any others you’d like to. Please?????

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