How to decorate with glass hurricanes and lanterns, Christmas edition

I love decorating my home (obviously) and talking about it is so much fun too! Today I am sharing how to decorate with glass hurricanes and lanterns, Christmas edition. There are a number of ways to fill those pretty glass hurricanes, mason jars, vases and lanterns. I am sharing just a few of the ways I have used them to decorate my home for this jolly season.


I met up with a friend for some retail therapy at Target. Our kids were in school and I think one of us had to get laundry detergent or something, maybe? This resulted in getting coffee and then perusing the aisles for about an hour. Typical Wednesday stuff, right? Anyways, we were in the home section of the store and my friend commented on the cute glass hurricanes. Then she said “I just never know what to do with them.” Me being the good friend I am shrugged my shoulders and cataloged this for later blog content, never giving her any ideas; she will just have to read my blog! Kidding, I told her a few ways to I fill these for Christmas. But I did realize this would be a fun post for my blog. I assume many people are at a loss on what to do with those glass hurricanes, vases and beautiful lanterns.


This year for my coffee table Christmas decor I went with simplicity and nature. I added some pine cones and a candle into my lanterns. These specific lanterns are really dark (which I love) but the contrast of the brown pine cones and the white candle feels like a nice way to have these lanterns work for my decor this season.



My pine cones are far from perfect. They are literal finds from our walking excursions, my kids pick up any little thing and call it a treasure. I call them home decor.


This is how I decorated the lanterns last year. I added some red brads and a slightly different candle. This is still so pretty and really let’s the colors of Christmas shine.


This year I also used some shiny ornaments and put them in a glass vase. This idea is a really easy one to create, and simple ball ornaments are in every single store. I was actually going to purchase a whole new set of round ornaments for a “just in case” situation to have on hand. You know, for those decorating emergencies? Always be prepared.


A few years ago, I believe my first year blogging I shared a craft on how to make fake snow. The snow will not last year after year because of the water used to make it, but one season of the fluffy stuff in a mason jar or glass vase is a really cute idea.



I have had these little acorns floating around forever in my home. I think I got them from a thrift store. Getting little tiny items like this to fill in the glass vases is a great option. I like the idea of the acorns for Christmas. It feels Christmas-ish without being over the top.



This grouping of glass hurricanes are in my dining room. Which is a work in progress. I have shifted around some furniture in here, added a new piece. I am finally conquering this room, I have never felt like I had the room quite right. I think I finally have it, and I am so excited to share it with you all very soon! I have some new Christmas decor in here to share as well. But, I can give you sneak peek of what I have as a centerpiece.


I get these glass hurricanes typically from the dollar store, or a thrift store. I have the red beads, which gives such a rich and bright color for this season.


Nora helped me with this idea. She had this white yarn she wanted to use in our home somewhere for Christmas decorating. I was working on filling these glasses and we thought this would be a fun idea. She wrapped the yarn into the glass. We topped it off with some sparkly pine cone ornaments, because in an 8 year olds world everything is better with sparkle.


Another point to make when decorating with glass vases or lanterns is to pay attention to how you group them. What you set them with. For my dining room I used this tray I created, just putting in wrapping paper that has a fun plaid and Christmas themed pattern. It has them grouped together and feels like it was a thought out process. Also pay attention to height, having them all one height can feel a little dull. Change up the height with the glass items.


Lastly use other items to compliment them. In almost all of my decorating areas where I used these glass pieces I added something smaller and shorter. This adds a new focal element. Adding something with greenery or flowers helps to warm up the starkness of the glass surface.

Coastal style Christmas home decor

I hope you found my How to decorate with glass hurricanes and lanterns, Christmas edition helpful! There is nothing worse than being in a store, loving something but thinking “how the heck do I decorate with it? Where would I put it?” At least for Christmastime there is a few really simple options with a ton of variations to fill those oh-so-popular-glass hurricanes. No matter if you are decorating simple, traditional, modern or neutral; you can find just what you are looking for to fill these glass items and add some color or texture to your home!

What do you fill those decorative glass vases with for the holiday season? Anything I missed?

Explain it here or leave a link in the comments to your blog post showing it! 

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50 Comment

  1. Beautiful pictures and I just love everything you did. Your home is very cozy and inviting. I love decorating with glass also, especially with the versatility. I’m on my way outside to grab a few pinecones right now!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! Decorating with glass vases and hurricanes is so versatile!

  2. Beautiful photos and decor ideas. I love the pinecone look!

    1. Emily says: Reply


  3. I love all the decorations! Our house is looking less than Christmas like right now and I can use all the Decour help I can get. I am definitely going to be using some of this in my house.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I am so happy you found these ideas helpful!

  4. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this! I’m always on the lookout for a new way to do classic holiday decor. These are all fantastic.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  5. Lynlee says: Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous ideas! Love how beautiful the displays turn out. The lanterns would actually be a perfect gift for my in-laws who live by the beach!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I adore those lanterns and decorate with them year-round.

  6. These are all great ideas. I love that rustic look but with a modern flair. It’s really nice.

    1. Emily says: Reply


  7. Great ideas! I out ornaments in my lanterns. I love lanterns and hurricanes because they are easy to style to the season

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Ornaments are such a fun way to dress up lanterns for this season!

  8. Rebecca Bryant says: Reply

    I love the idea of using everyday items to decorate. That vase with Christmas ornaments is awesome.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Using everyday things is what makes decorating for each season possible.

  9. Alecia says: Reply

    I love all your ideas! I have 3 cats with a love for destruction so I avoid glass but I have a large collection of metal bird cages that I use similarly. RIght now I have a few full of the ornaments I keep buying that I won’t put on my tree (I always put red on the tree but it doesn’t stop me from buying green and white ornaments…)

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh no, those adorable but pesky cats! I love the idea of decorating with birdcages and filling them with ornaments!

  10. I’m really liking your use of glass hurricanes! I think the pine cones and other decorations you filled them with are so pretty.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  11. This is cute. I would have never thought to do something like this and love how you put in the living area. ^yolonda

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I am so happy you found this helpful!

  12. I would love to do a pinecones inspired hurricane lantern like that. I have a few coupons for a craft store. I might have to make one.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Awesome! Happy decorating!

  13. Emily! Wow! You are a gorgeous designer! I love your home and your decorating! Great ideas on the glass jars!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh wow, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement!

  14. Wendy Polisi says: Reply

    I love the whole ideas. Decorating with glass vases or lanterns is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I am happy you enjoyed this!

  15. Myteenguide says: Reply

    Very unique and neat decorations. This is a great idea. I love the glass vase with small ornaments inside.. So colorful.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  16. You have a lovely home. These are all gorgeous ideas. I have several glass vases at home that I could use. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  17. Ariel says: Reply

    love all the colours!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      It is fun to add color to my home this time of year!

  18. Amanda says: Reply

    Great ideas – I LOVE bringing natural elements in for Christmas decorations!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much Amanda! Adding natural elements is a favorite of mine too!

  19. Those are some awesome ideas! I need to up my Christmas decorating game and this gives me some great ideas – thanks!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Have fun decorating!

  20. Hurricanes are always a part of my holiday decor! You can do so much with them and so easily!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      So true!

  21. This is a cool way to decorate for the holidays. I love the old lanterns. It makes me want to go antique shopping to find things that this so that I can use them to decorate my home for different holidays or occasions.

  22. Kathy says: Reply

    These are such neat ideas. I love them all. I really like the lanterns. I need to make them!

  23. Beautiful photos and decor ideas. I love the pinecone and the beautiful ornaments placed together to create a great Christmas look!

  24. Emma Spellman says: Reply

    Decorating with Pinecones is so much fun. I love the ones that smell like cinnamon. Your home looks so beautiful!

  25. I really like these ideas, we have plenty of pine cones around the yard.

  26. Angela Harris says: Reply

    I love the lanterns on the coffee table. They are such a cute idea, and your tree is beautiful!

  27. Eloise says: Reply

    I love those lanterns, they look awesome! I would like to get a set for my home sometime : )

  28. This is something that my Dad likes, as far as decorating goes. He has two really large glass lanterns, but he hasn’t gotten around to doing anything with them.

  29. Silvia says: Reply

    This is such a great idea! I’ll definitely need to do this to my lanterns!

  30. Kati says: Reply

    Love these ideas! The lanterns on the coffee table are perfect for Christmas.

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