Vellum hurricane cover

Hey Fami-Ly!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  This weekend marks the end of 3 beautiful weeks of rest and relaxation of Christmas break.  Monday I go back to school and back to reality.  Not particularly looking forward to losing all my free time, but I have to admit that I miss those little kiddos (well, most of them…).

One of the projects I worked on during my break was taking down all the Christmas decorations.  Once everything was packed away my house felt so empty and simple and I began working on my non-Christmas window sill vignettes.   They usually stay the same, but I wanted to switch things up a bit.

For our wedding we received two glass hurricanes and they usually house a Plain Jane candle like this: 



But as I tried to change up my décor I decided I wanted to do something different with them.  I tried filling them with beads, floral garland, greenery, etc. but I didn’t like any of it.  I like the glow of candles and so my thoughts turned from the inside of the hurricane to the outside.

And thus the vellum hurricane cover was born:


I like how the hurricane almost looks like a little lamp now. It looks great on my new table.

To make these SUPER easy covers here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 sheets of vellum paper
  • Double sided tape or adhesive dots
  • Computer image of your choice (I used a chevron pattern)
  • Printer

I know that chevron was ALL the rage last year, but I’ve never been one to be super trendy. I still love the pattern and thought it would look pretty either illuminated or not.

Here’s the how to:

First, choose the pattern you want.  You could even pick an image.  I like the idea of a bird or flower, but again, I stuck with chevron.


I pulled this image up on Microsoft Word and set the margins to wide.  Then, I loaded my printer with a piece of vellum paper.

Vellum paper is translucent and can be bought at any craft store (Michaels, JoAnn’s, etc.)

Then, I printed the image. 


Now you might be thinking, hey the original image is blue/grey and white, and the printed image looks light pink.  Well, that’s because my printer was almost out of toner.  I didn’t realize it until I had already printed.  However, I ended up liking the subtle look of the pink even better so it all worked out!


Here’s what it looked like when printed.  This sheet was 8 in x 12 in.

Next, I used roll-on adhesive dots on the short edges of the vellum.



Wow, I gotta get those nails done!


Wrap it around the hurricane and VOILA!


In about 5 minutes you can change the look of a hurricane and an entire vignette!


Here it is during the day…



…and at night.

I’m linking up to these fabulous parties:

Mondays: Between Naps on the Porch, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, The Tattered Tag, The DIY Showoff, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The DIY Home Sweet Home, Mad In Crafts, The Girl Creative, Polly Want A Crafter, Sumos Sweet Stuff, Making The World Cuter, Skip To my Lou, Debbiedoos, Get Outta My Head Please

Tuesdays: Coastal Charm, Cherished Bliss, Confessions, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Tip Junkie, Topsy Turvy, Sassy Sites!, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just A Housewife, Homework, Today’s Creative Blog

Wednesdays: Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado, Eisy Morgan, My Girlish Whims, Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Handy Man Crafty Woman, The Thrifty Home, Lil Luna, Organize and Decorate Everything, Southern Lovely, Primp Your Stuff

Thursdays: Saved By Love, Fireflies & Jellybeans, Somewhat Simple, Yesterday on Tuesday, House of Hepworths, Beyond the Picketfence, Rhinestone Beagle

Fridays: Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Chic On A Shoestring, 504 Main, Miss Mustard Seed, Happy Hour Projects, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Fun To Craft, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Freckled Laundry, Common Ground

Weekends: Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Things, I Heart Nap Time, Lolly Jane, Too Much Time On My Hands, Lady Bird Ln, Embellishing Life Everyday, Homemaker in Heels


  1. like it! it is funny you mentioned the nails because i of all people was thinking the same thing when i saw the picture! haha

  2. Cute project!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too – it’s always great to “meet” other Chicago bloggers! I would definitely be open to a Chicago bloggers get-together, depending on when (only because baby #2 is due in a month)…keep me posted!
    Off to explore the rest of your blog now!

  3. Rachel-only a sister would say something like that, haha!

  4. You are amazing! I love the way your printer cartridge helped design your effect- everything works out for the good! Hope you kiddos are happy to see you and you fall gracefully back into the swing of things.

    Marcia in Wisconsin

  5. What a cute idea! So creative! I am now your newest follower via Motivated Monday. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

  6. What a great idea! I have a roll of vellum I found at the thrift store for 25 cents. I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I will definitely be brainstorming a variation. Thanks so much!

    Oh and I’m mommy to a dog, 2 cats, 6 fish and a 24 yr old man. =)

  7. This is a cool idea! Thank you for sharing! I’m your newest fan! Please check out if you can. Happy New Year!

  8. So very pretty. I did this with a gauzy fabric but your idea is so much simpler. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  9. I love how your hurricane covers turned out. I have three rooms upstairs that are all begging for new lights and that is such a great idea. : ).. Great job!

  10. Okay, this is seriously good. And what a wonderful idea. I’m going to try this :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is very pretty, would be a lovely table centerpiece.

  12. Way cool

  13. This is such a cute idea and one that you could change with your decor. Excellent! Just wanted to thank you for linking up on my Thriving on Thursdays linky party last week. It’s on again tomorrow (Thursday Australian time) and we’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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