Monday, November 7, 2011

Its Fall Ya'll

In case you don't live in North America I need to let you know...its FALL!  The leaves are brown, yellow, red, and orange, and that's just in my back yard!  I love the crispness of the cool wind, and the sound of the leaves blowing across my paved driveway.  I love the crunch they make underfoot, and how my kids love to pick out especially beautiful ones for us to examine a little closer.  I love boots, sweater, and hot cocoa, as well as all the soups that this time of year encourages making. Its just wonderful.  In case you havent figured it out yet...I LOVE FALL.
To capture just a little of that outdoor crisp feeling I decided to bring a little bit of nature indoors.  But, how could I possible display it so that the sentiment could be fully imparted?  Enter my on the cheap DIY Hurricane Globes/Apothecary Jars:

These are super cheap and SUPER simple to make.  I labeled them Apothecary/Hurricane simply because they are the Apothecary Jar style that is very popular right now, but I haven't made the lids to go on them yet since I wanted my fillers to be able to stick out of the top.  The Hurricane part comes in because they are straight up and down type containers with no curves and as mentioned have no lids.  So its my own hybrid version.  

First you start with these supplies that I picked up at the local Dollar Tree store for a grand total of $6:

I picked up two martini glasses, two tall glass vases, one short glass pillar candle holder (so similar to the vase which was totally awesome) and the more fanciful of all the holders the taper candle holder.

I spray painted the two martini glasses and the taper candle holder a flat black (I decided against the shine for this project) 

Next I applied glue to the top of my bases and set the jars on them. I like this glue for long lasting hold on a variety of surfaces, but it does take a while to dry with a good seal.  So don't rush this one.  It is worth the wait!

Here is what you have once the glue dries firm:

I liked them as they were, but I like to add flair with little detailed touches.  So I added the ribbon and the chalkboard vinyl cutout labels.  I also added my "fall". Which were the pine cones gathered from my yard and acorn gathered from my Aunts yard by my children.  Here is the finished product from a different angle: 

Every time I look at them I am reminded of the crispness of Fall.  I love them and the are a great compliment to my faux mantle.  

I hope you are having a wonderful fall or whatever season it is where you are.  Embrace it and bring it into your home with you (unless it is just the rainy season and in that case curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea).

Let me know what you would do differently or if you have made something like this on the thrifty.  I love saving my pennies!

Hope you have a great day & God Bless!!


  1. Super cute idea, so gonna try it!!!!

  2. Not only cute idea but it is superb cute idea you shared which is very much beneficial and easy to make in short time. You have a brief knowledge of ordering.

  3. this is great! I have put it on my list of to-do's. thanks for sharing :)

  4. Fall is my most favorite season. Love what you've done here.

    Stopping by from "Show Me What Ya Got" party.

  5. Wonderful ideas. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  6. wow I luv the matte paint instead of the glossy.
    Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  7. These are they types of things I love...and you have created such wonderful bases for these tumblers...awesome. Thank you for explaining everything so beautifully. I have joined your followers list, as well as Pinterest, and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  8. Thank you for linking up to our party, Show and Share #13, come back this week!

    A mommy's life... with a touch of yellow

  9. Am moving out next year this will definately feature in my new place...


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