DIY Glass Hurricane Lamps

Decor, DIY, How-Tos

These DIY glass hurricane lamps are my new favorite project. I created them by upcycling a glass vase and a glass candle holder. You can also use items from a dollar store. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Use these beautiful glass hurricane lamps inside or outside the home. They create a warm, inviting, and cozy glow in any space. I can’t wait to use mine in the farmhouse this upcoming holiday season and all throughout the new year!

DIY glass hurricane lamps on a table outside with a faux floral arrangement in a white pumpkin.

Reuse, Renew, Recycle

When coming up with new DIY ideas, I’m always inspired by repurposing things I already have in the farmhouse. Oftentimes, I use things from the house that are no longer in circulation. For instance, I never throw away an inexpensive glass florist vase after receiving flowers and always wash out glass candle holders after the candle has burned down.  

Ordinary glass florist vases are great for using inside other vessels you want to put flowers in, but you don’t want to ruin the inside with water. I also put new candles inside old glass candle containers. Along with repurposing both of these items, I love to use them for DIYs too! Here are just a few projects I have used upcycled glass vases and candle holders, Snowy Jar Candle HoldersDIY Mercury Glass Candle Holders, and Frosted Glass Heart Candle Holders.

What You Need to Make a DIY Glass Hurricane Lamps

Everything you need to make a DIY glass hurricane lamp including a glass candle holder, a glass vase, and industrial strength glue.

The list of items needed to make this DIY is short. I love short lists!

  • Glass vase 
  • Glass candle holder (The base of the glass vase should be as wide as the glass candle holder lid. If the candle holder does not have a lid, the base of the vase should be as wide as the base of the candle holder.)
  • Industrial strength glue 
  • Level (optional)
  • Small candle holder
  • Candle (or flameless candle)

That’s it! Of course, you can also add ribbon, seasonal faux stems, and fairy lights to the base if you like too.

If there are items in a DIY that can’t be easily found around the home, I have a simple philosophy. It’s not worth DIYing if it costs too much. Visiting thrift stores, and dollar stores, and checking out the clearance shelves at retail stores is always a great idea. These are very common places to find things like glassware, jars, and vases at very low prices. I found this glass vase and candle holder at Dollar Tree. Thankfully, the metal ring with the rope handle around the top of the candle holder had a simple clasp which made it very easy to remove for this project.

Dollar Tree items needed to make a DIY glass hurricane lamp.

Making this smaller glass hurricane lamp from items at Dollar Tree cost me $2.68. Awesome, right!?

DIY glass hurricane lamps on a table outside with a faux floral arrangement in a white pumpkin. The larger DIY glass hurricane lamps were created using old vases from flower delivery arrangements. I found the glass candleholders at a thrift store. In total each glass hurricane lamp costs $10 to make. Not bad!

A large DIY glass hurricane lamp on a table outside with a faux floral arrangement in a white pumpkin.

How to Make DIY Glass Hurricane Lamps

Wait until you see how easy it is to make a glass hurricane lamp! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1.) Slowly trace the glue around the base of the glass vase.

Applying industrial strength glue on the bottom of a glass vase.

2.) If the glass candle holder has a lid, glue the bottom of the glass vase to the lid. However, if the candle holder does not have a lid, turn it upside down and glue the bottom of the vase to the bottom of the glass candle holder. (Although it’s not necessary, if you have a level, use it to double-check that the glass vase is level on the glass candle holder.)

A level on top of the glass hurricane lamp to ensure that the glass vase is level on the glass candle holder.

3.) Allow the glue to dry completely according to the package directions.

4.) Once the glue is dry, place the small candle holder inside the glass vase to hold a taper candle. If you prefer, a pillar candle can be placed inside instead of a taper candle.

Placing the small glass taper candle holder inside the glass vase to hold the candle in the hurricane lamp.


DIY glass hurricane lamp complete without the seasonal finishing touches.

Finishing Touches

What I love about these glass hurricane lamps is the neutral look of the clear glass. It makes it very easy to add many different seasonal touches throughout the year.

  • Ribbon, string, twine
  • Faux and dried flowers, berries, pine sprigs, pinecones, acorns, etc.
  • Different color candles
  • Fairy lights 

DIY glass hurricane lamps on a table outside with a faux floral arrangement in a white pumpkin.

Wrap a velvet ribbon around the middle of them for the holiday season. Striped ribbon in spring and summer looks great too.  Fall foliage or sprigs of pine look beautiful when combined with berries and little pinecones are perfect in the fall and winter. While in spring and summer, faux flowers look fabulous. The sky is the limit when it comes to adding finishing touches to these glass hurricane lamps. Have fun and get creative!

DIY glass hurricane lamps on a table by the pond with a faux fall floral arrangement, wine, and cheese.

The first DIY glass hurricane lamp I made turned out so good, I decided to make a second one to have a matching pair. The third smaller lamp rounded out the set perfectly. The combination of glass and candlelight adds a gorgeous shimmer, shine, and glow to any space and helps to create a warm and inviting ambiance in a room and on any table.

I hope you enjoy making DIY glass hurricane lamps of your own this holiday season. It was truly a pleasure sharing this project with you. I look forward to sharing lots more!

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  1. Katrina Tomao says:

    How do you get the wax drippings out of the bottom when candle burns down?

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