How to Decorate With Glass Hurricane Lanterns

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How to Decorate With Glass Hurricane Lanterns
Glass hurricanes come in a myriad of styles and can be functional, decorative or both. (Lit candle in a bell glass. Decoration image by L. Shat from

Hurricane lamps are noted for their tall, chimney-like glass that surround a candle flame or oil-lit wick. Today's hurricane lamp is not just used for lighting but also provides a decorative touch to the home. The vessel is often used for storing favourite collections or used to light up a room for a cosy and warm display. So, whether you tuck a candle inside or use the hurricane lamp as an accent piece, you'll love the distinct and whimsical style it adds to your space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass hurricane lamps
  • Greenery and flowers
  • Silver trays and mirrors
  • Flower petals and foliage
  • Fruit
  • Collections
  • Easter eggs
  • Pumpkins, squash and gourds
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sand or soil

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    Illuminated Garden

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    Rest the hurricane lamps down a garden pathway for a magical glow at night. Line a front entrance for a sparking, inviting display.

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    Place a votive candle in the middle of the lamp. Use a white candle for a classic display.

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    Wrap a piece of greenery around the base of the hurricane lamp to add a pop of vibrant colour. Tuck flowers like a gerbera daisy or zinnia around the greenery as a festive touch.

    Dramatic Centerpiece

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    Find glass hurricane lamps in varying colours, shapes and sizes to use as a dramatic centrepiece. Look for vintage glass hurricane lamps to mix in with newer varieties.

  2. 2

    Increase the glow by placing the hurricane lamps over a silver tray or mirror. Arrange them randomly in the middle of the table so you have a cluster of several heights and colours.

  3. 3

    Add flower petals or foliage around the tray, depending upon what's in season in the garden.

    Favourite Collections

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    Fill the hurricane lamps with fruit to create a decorative piece at a wedding or inside the home. Use bright citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes together in the glass lantern.

  2. 2

    Fill the lantern with favourite collections like seashells and rocks. Incorporate colourful items like glass beads and dried flowers.

  3. 3

    Rest the lamps over bookcases, entry tables and coffee tables. Add them in the bedroom as a decorative accent to the room.

    Festive Decor

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    Place festive items inside the hurricane lamps during holidays. Look around the home for decorations you can repurpose.

  2. 2

    Cluster painted eggs inside the lamps to create a colourful touch to the home.

  3. 3

    Fill the glass hurricane lamp with mini pumpkins, squash and other gourds during parties and other festivities.

    "Living" Design

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    Place spring-blooming bulbs inside a tall glass hurricane lamp to hold the bulbs and create a decorative winter piece inside the home.

  2. 2

    Choose colourful bulbs like daffodils and freesia to create the design.

  3. 3

    Place sand or soil at the bottom of the lamp with just the bulb tip poking above. Watch the bulb shoot up to create a decorative "living" design.

Tips and warnings

  • Fill a hurricane lamp with pine cones and winter berries in winter to jazz up the home.
  • Plant an indoor plant like a fern inside the lamp and use it as a parting gift at your next dinner party.
  • Oil-lit hurricane lamps are not suitable for inside the home. Only use them outside where fresh air helps to circulate the fumes.

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