Glass hurricane globes are versatile and useful in many decorating themes. They typically cover oil lamps or pillar candles to protect the flames from breezes. The globes come in a wide variety of sizes. You can purchase them at discount, dollar or craft and hobby stores. Coming up with decorating ideas for these versatile glass globes isn't difficult.
Use acrylic or glass paints to make a design on the outside of the hurricane globe. Allow the paint to dry, and light a pillar candle inside it. You can cover it one colour of paint by using a sea sponge to leave transparent spots in the glass. This technique creates special effects. For instance, using pink paint gives off a romantic glow, or you can use green for an eerie effect on Halloween. You can also paint sprigs of holly and berries or other small designs to give it a festive touch during the Christmas holidays or other special events. Insert a white, green or red pillar candle inside the globe once the paint dries to use as Christmas decor.
Make a lovely wintry-looking decoration for your home by using inexpensive supplies. Collect some lightweight tree branches or twigs that are approximately 3 to 6 inches taller than your hurricane glass globe. Spray paint them with white spray paint. Stand them in an old bucket or sturdy, empty tin can to dry. Add sparkly touches to the branches by using school glue along the branches. You can sprinkle silver glitter on the glue, and allow it to dry. Place the globe onto a glass mirror tile, and fill the bottom of the hurricane globe with silver tinsel or clear, glass faux gems. Stand the branches up inside the globe, and place a few votive candles around the base of the globe to light on special occasions and to add sparkle to the decoration.
You can make a gorgeous Christmas centrepiece for your dining or buffet table by purchasing a battery-operated strand of white Christmas lights. Select two or three shades of round Christmas ornaments to fill your hurricane globe, and weave the lights through the ornaments so that you end up with the battery-operated switch near the top of the display. You can turn the decoration on during parties or special evenings.
Place a pillar candle into the centre of your hurricane glass globe. Ensure the candle coordinates with the items you choose to place in the globe. For an autumn look or for Thanksgiving, fill the globe halfway to the top of the candle with nuts in their shells, such as hazelnuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts. Add a few pinecones, silk autumn leaves or twigs among the nuts to add a bit of texture. On Easter, fill the globe with pastel individually wrapped hard candy or miniature plastic Easter eggs. You can use candy corn or assorted miniature, plastic figurines to fill the globes during Halloween.
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