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Have you guys seen Nate Berkus’ line at Target? So many cute things, it’s impossible not to fall in love. We like to think we’re good buddies with Nate, since we spent so much time with him last year, so we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t mind if we knocked off one of his items. I loved this jute-wrapped hurricane vase. It retails for $25+ but I knew I could make something similar for much less.
Here’s what I came up with;

Isn’t it awesome? I love the colors and think it looks very high end for less than $10!

Here’s what you need to make your own:
-Rope of any kind(I found this utility multi-colored utility rope at the dollar store)
-Large Hurricane Vase (found at Target for $2!!)
-Upholstery Tacks
-Hot glue gun

These colors were totally calling my name, and I couldn’t resist! It’ll work with holiday decor, for sure, but can totally work the rest of the year too!
1. Wrap the rope tightly around the base of the hurricane. Cut one side so that the ends meet.

2. Wrap regular ol’ tape around the ends to prevent fraying (don’t worry- you won’t see this in the end!)

3. Using one cut rope as your template, cut the remaining rope into however many strips you need. Cover the ends with tape.

4. Starting at the bottom of the hurricane, place a line of hot glue around the entire base. Immediately lay your first length of rope around the hurricane. Put a dab of hot glue on both ends and attach them together.

5. Do the same with all of the rope, making sure that ends match up to create a seam. Other than the rope at the bottom of the hurricane, I only put hot glue at the seam, the back and then the other side of the seam of each rope (not all the way around- I’m so cheap I don’t like to waste anything!)

 I used 10 pieces of rope stacked on each other for my vase, but you’ll have to decide what looks best on your hurricane depending on it’s height and width.
6. Now it’s time to cover the seam! Slightly pull the top piece of rope away from the glass, run a line of glue behind it and tuck one end of the ribbon behind the rope. I used navy grosgrain ribbon because I like the thickness of it and because I know that Nate loves this stuff!

It looks messy, but the glue comes right off the glass with a little warm water and some scrubbing.

7. Flip your hurricane upside down, cut your ribbon to the desired length and hot glue to the underside. Be sure not to leave too much ribbon, because that plus the glue can make your vase wobbly.

8. Adhere the tacks to the ribbon. Because nothing is ever easy, my tacks were too long, so I cut the back of it off with some heavy duty wire cutters. I added a dab of hot glue to the back of the tack and poked it through the ribbon so that it laid flush with the ribbon.

Ta-da! I’m sorry, Mr. Berkus, but I’m kinda partial to my version. Thanks for the idea!

These would make a fabulous under-$10 gift for anyone this Christmas! I sort of want to make one for everyone I know. 🙂

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The comments +

  1. This came out FANTASTIC and actually even more nautical than the original Nate! LOOOVE IT and have the perfect one-off candle holder that this would spruce up. Great job!

  2. Anonymous says:

    One suggestion that might even make this project easier would be to use a lighter to sear the ends of the rope. If it is a poly type blend (which this appears to be) the fibers will actually melt and you can even stick both ends together while they are still soft and they’ll adhere stronger than you’d think. Saves on tape (huge expense there) and could help to make it more solid. -Sarah

  3. runtspickins says:

    I will gladly accept one if you would like to make one for me! =]

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