I love Crate and Barrel, and I recently had a yearning for their Spin Hurricanes from the catalog. However, even the small one retails for $24.95, so here is The Budget Decorator's remake of the Crate and Barrel Spin Candle Holder that only cost a little over a dollar to make. (And that's only if you count the glue sticks!)
One round candle holder from the dollar shop
An extra hand is helpful, but not imperative
Using a hot glue gun, create, or “Spin” a line of glue around the outside of the circular candle holder in a continuous pattern. Although I did it alone, if you want a more precise look, it may help to have someone turn the container for you while you apply the hot glue line. You can either start in the middle of the container and work your way toward the top and then start again and finish to the bottom, or simply start at the bottom and go all the way up. Its fine to have to stop and restart, the effect of having it uneven is wonderfully organic. Try to keep the lines tight together, even touching in places. Tip: If you are seeing uneven globs of glue, it's fine to work the tip of the glue gun back and forth to even them out while the glue is hot. Allow it to cool. I felt mine had the glue lines too far apart, so I went back over it a second time.
You can also do this with a larger circular vase as well, just as Crate and Barrel showcases. (And save even more!) Make several of these spin “hurricanes” or vases to be displayed in a row on a mantel or tabletop.
Make sure you hand wash it gently with a damp cloth.
Done! Fill with candles, flowers, or even make a row of them to stand alone as contemporary art.
Tip for Scaredy Cats: You can always practice your glue lines first on a piece of foil wrapped around and taped to the candle holder. Also, remember, its a dollar store container, not a priceless antique, so give yourself permission to make a mistake.
Makes a great gift! You can nestle it into a tissue paper filled gift box or bag with a few candles and chocolates. Add a loofah and some homemade bath salt recipes and you have a boutique style gift for just a few dollars!