Frugal DIY: Thanksgiving Hurricane Glasses Centerpiece

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It’s that time of year again, when my creative monster wants to come out and play. Where to start first?  Well, a couple months ago we got a new dinette set.  I have been chomping at the bit to decorate it! Isn’t it lucky? (teehee) The other day, I was in Sams Club and I saw this beautiful centerpiece. (It was much more impressive to see in person) But it was so expensive for what it was. Almost thirty five dollars!  That got me to thinking.  I can make my own Thanksgiving Centerpiece and table decor! As I began my search for the perfect items for my table, I seen so many possibilities.   This is what I came up with…

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Believe it or not, I bought the glassware at the Dollar Tree, WalMart and Goodwill. Yes, Goodwill!  I’m not kidding.  So, let me show you how I put this all together for dollars.

You will need some vases.  I found the two tall ones on the right at DollarTree.com for $1 each.  I was rather impressed with the quality too. It’s not the cheapo thin glass that you would expect to find at a dollar store.  In fact it is the same thickness as the vases I bought at WalMart.com for $2.49 each.  The WalMart Vases are the shorter  ones on the left.  And lastly, I found the round one at Goodwill for $1.06.  I love going to Goodwill.  You never know what kind of treasure you will find there!

You will also need some candle stick holders.  I found the ones on the left at Dollar Tree for only a buck! I found the others at Goodwill for $1.06. I really felt like I hit the jackpot at Goodwill.  I was able to find a slew of candle stick holders to use for my mantle and cocktail table.

THEN, get yourself some Gorilla Glue… it will cost around $5.  You could use Super Glue if you have it. But, I think Gorilla Glue is stronger. Anyways, you dampen one surface and then put the glue on the other surface.  Then, you stick them together.  The glue takes longer than a few seconds to really start sticking, so if you don’t have it quite centered you can move it.

After you stick them together, place something heavy on top to seal it up.  Next, (here’s the hard part) you wait one to two hours.  The glue expands and dries white.  Here is a closer look.

And there you have it! I made all of these for a little over $13.00…  and it was so much more fun that buying a centerpiece already made at the store. PLUS mine is unique!

Some other tips to make it less expensive:

I gathered acorns from the Publix parking lot to use as filler for my vases. I knew they were perfect the moment I spotted them.  Dollar Tree also has packages of faux leaves for a buck. I only needed one package for my table.  You might already have some candles that would work beautifully for your display.  If not, WalMart has some unscented and scented, affordable ones from $1.88-$4.99 each.  I was able to find the place mats at a store called Tuesday Morning in a pack of 6 for only $7.99.  If you have done some looking in the stores, you won’t find them for less than $3 each. I was given the McCoy dish (holding the fruit) by my mom.  It’s always nice to have something special that means a lot to you in your decor.  Maybe you have a special dish that you have had a long time, or that someone has given you.  It gives an extra touch of love to your table.
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This DIY project was submitted by Melanie who blogs at Just Sayin‘.  I’ve got to say her work DIY is just beautiful and can you believe it was SO frugal too?  But the real art is in the photos she shot, wow!  If you’re interested in submitting a Fall or Christmas DIY project or Christmas gift idea, contact me and I’ll get you the details!


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  1. Honey Badger Swieder via Facebook says:

    Love it! Just a suggestion, but you might consider keeping E6000 glue on hand. You get it at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and isn’t expensive with the 40%-50% coupons they offer. I think it’s easier to work with, dries cleaner, and lasts longer! Also, it glues anything to anything literally! :-)

  2. Thanks! I did think about it, but it required longer drying time. And I just couldn’t wait. :)

  3. Honey Badger Swieder via Facebook says:

    I totally get that reason. I struggle with that choice often, Lol!

  4. Haha, sounds exactly like something I’d choose to do too Melanie :)

  5. I love this post! I’ve totally been brainstorming about DIY Thanksgiving decor… I’m definitely inspired! :)

  6. You know how it is with us moms. I needed that table finished by dinner time! haha

  7. LOVE IT!!!!!!

  8. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m the kind of crafter that can’t seem to create anything until I’ve seen someone else’s great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Great idea! Love it, very festive for Thanksgiving. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving-enjoy!!

  10. nora swafford says:

    Very pretty and creative!

  11. This is fantastic! I love thrifty DIY projects and this seems very practical…and really cute! : )

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