I love Crate & Barrel, and I recently had a yearning for their Spin Hurricane Vases from the catalog. However, even the small one retails for $24.95, so here is The Budget Decorator’s hack of the Crate and Barrel Spin Vase that only cost a little over a dollar to make. Anyone can make this project with a glue gun and a dollar store vase!


Crate & Barrel Spin Vase Knock Off

The 2 photos directly below are Crate & Barrel’s version.





 How to Make Your Own Spin Vase


  • One round candle holder or vase from the dollar store
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue sticks
  • An extra hand is helpful, but not imperative

crate & barrel spin hurricane vase hack


How To

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, but not too tight. I found if I touch the tip of the glue gun to the vase, and push the tip ahead of the glue, I got a pretty smooth line. But again, this is an organic project that isn’t meant to look perfect, not even by C & B! 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.

crate & barrel spin hurricane vase hack



  • You can also do this with a smaller circular vase as well, just as Crate and Barrel does.
  • 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 and technique first on a piece of wax paper 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.

Here’s TBD’s version! We are pretty dang proud of this hack project… it looks about as close as you can get to the original vase!

crate & barrel spin hurricane vase hack

crate & barrel spin hurricane vase hack

If you had fun making this project, try our West Elm Knock Off Projects too!

Image Credits: Crate and Barrel

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.


  1. Teresa February 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Think your vase looks even better then original. Could you use a lazy Susan that you get to put you r can goods on?It turns easily.

    1. Kathy Woodard February 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Thank so much Teresa! You could, and it’s a great idea, only I didn’t have one…I just used a paper plate under the vase because it gave it a little more “slide” as I was turning it…

  2. Beth February 25, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I love the simplicity of the project as well as the results – very pretty!

  3. Carissa Bonham March 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I love this! This is too clever. Yours looks just like the Crate and Barrel one!

  4. Serena March 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Love this idea! Yours is just as beautiful as the original ones from Crate and Barrel.

    Regarding using a lazy susan, you could also use a cake turntable, which is what I have. I’ll need to give this a try :0)

  5. Marie March 9, 2014 at 6:20 am

    That really does add to the look of the vase! Great job!

    1. Kathy Woodard March 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Thx Marie!

  6. Tynille March 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I saw this post today and immediately pulled a hard water etched vase out from under my sink and got out my hot glue gun. It turned out beautifully! I love it! Thank you for this, it also saved a vase that otherwise would’ve been thrown out.

    1. Kathy Woodard April 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Thx for sharing how your project turned out!

  7. Christina May 15, 2014 at 6:33 am

    How about a Lazy Susan? Would that work out as the second person?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Good idea!

  8. Teena June 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I really like this project. Can it also be painted?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I suppose it could! Using one of the new all in one spray paint products that have primer included. Let us know if you try it and send us a photo!

  9. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family August 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This is a fantastic project. Great thinking!

  10. Katy September 16, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Can also try it with colored glue sticks?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Thats a good question… I don’t see why not? Let us know if you try it!

  11. Blooming On A Budget November 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Filing this away under “Why didn’t I think of that?” You really can’t tell the difference between your hack and the C&B version. Brilliant!!

    1. Kathy Woodard December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you!

  12. anita January 16, 2016 at 12:56 am

    This would be a great use for the glass jars my instant tea comes in. I have used them without decor as vases before.

  13. Regina Williams September 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Job well done!!! Thanks for sharing!! Since summer is coming to an end, I will have no outside projects!! It is good to find small, inexpensive, that look expensive, projects to keep me busy during the dreary winter months!!! Thanks Again!!! Happy Blogging!!

  14. Serai October 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Although this was a while ago, I thought I’d suggest a rotating cake stand for projects like this. I’d say these stands are a must for any crafter who works with larger objects. They can be got for about $10 and make it possible to spin the object and work on it at the same time. Just be sure to lay some paper down so the surface will stay clean and flat, and I think you’ll be happy with the time and bother you save!

  15. Pingback: 25 Genius DIY Glue Gun Crafts To Make Creative Things - DIY Crafts

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.