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Pinecone Hurricane Vase




Flowers and paper leaves accessorize hurricanes. After making the blossom, affix to decorative ribbon and wrap around hurricane vases.


  • Small bowl
  • Cardboard box (with a hinged lid)
  • Floral wire
  • Scales
  • Tacky glue
  • Card stock


  1. Step 1

    Fill a small bowl with scales. For the work surface, you'll need a cardboard box (at least 4 inches square) with a hinged lid.

  2. Step 2

    Snip 4 inches of floral wire; form a small hook on one end. From card stock, cut a disk a bit larger than the desired size of the bloom's center.

  3. Step 3

    Secure disk to box top by poking wire through both, letting hook rest in the center so the wire won't fall through.

  4. Step 4

    Using tacky glue, affix scales in a flower shape to disk; the hook will become covered with glue.

  5. Step 5

    For a fuller blossom, add another layer inside the first, using smaller scales, adding up to five layers for larger blooms. Use tacky glue to attach one or more cloves or tiny plant parts in the center; let dry, and remove bloom from box.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2005



Reviews (17)

  • kathgarden 3 Oct, 2012

    Here we are 4 years after this article was first published and no clearer instructions have been posted. Why bother to write comments on the MS web site if no one is monitoring the comments and taking note of useful feedback? I concur with the many comments below. These instructions are unclear! Also, it would be so helpful to be able to zoom in on the images. Why is that not an option? SO many of the craft images are way too small to be of use.

  • loribm 23 Nov, 2011

    I assuming the wire and is hold the disk in place on the box so that you can glue scales on. If the wire has no other use, I would for go the box and wire. A piece of foil on your work surface will avoid your glue sticking to anything.

  • hpjskm 9 Nov, 2010

    You can get the glass hurricanes at a floral supply store. Also check Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Michael's. I think these are absolutely gorgeous but the instructions are so unclear. We did something similiar to this for my daughter's wedding with ribbon. Thinking I'll fudge and use ready done floral supplies and fall ribbon.

  • szlombardo 9 Nov, 2010

    I am often disappointed in Martha's instructions for craft projects. They are unclear and assume too much on the part of the crafter. This craft project is especially lacking in instruction and pictures. While the finished product is beautiful, it would be helpful to get step by step instructions with explanations and photos.

  • onebelopar 9 Nov, 2010

    Are those paper oak leaves? Where do you buy them? These instructions are difficult as in they don't explain fully what the "scales" are for those people who have never worked with pine cones before. The process seems to be more complicated than it needs to be....

  • lovetotalkmomofboys 9 Nov, 2010

    Does anyone know where to buy the glass hurricanes?

  • lovetotalkmomofboys 9 Nov, 2010

    Does anyone know where to buy the glass hurricanes?

  • CraftTestDummies 9 Nov, 2010

    I love the look of this craft, but really you need some photo step-outs... I don't get the whole box with a hinged-lid thing????

  • maggitaffi 9 Nov, 2010

    These would make nice pins to wear on a Holiday sweater! Add a bit of fine glitter or spray sparkle paint and there you go! Also nice package topper!

  • euni 26 Nov, 2008

    Beautiful. Going to South Carolina, where pinecones are plentiful for the taking. Thought instructions were fairly clear. As for the box issue, a n empty tin can would also suffice for a work surface; just punch a [filtered word] in the bottom and pull the wire (which is used to attach the flower to the objext) through the paper circle and then through the can.

  • euni 26 Nov, 2008

    Beautiful. Again, going to South Carolina where there are lots of pinecones on the ground at my daughter's. I felt instructions were perfectly clear, just had to read through a couple of times. Box is work surface, but an empty can with [filtered word] punched in bottom would also suffice for work surface. Wire is to attach to hurricane lamp.

  • vvad53vvSugar 26 Nov, 2008

    Way too complicated! Why not just glue a small pinecone to some festive ribbon, and tack the ribbon to the hurricane vase?

  • tuscanlover 26 Nov, 2008

    The instructions don't fit the picture

  • SDgal 3 Nov, 2008

    The way I see it, the box is just a support for the time you are working on it. Then you remove the flower, which has been glued to a paper disk and not the box.

  • mammycyn 2 Nov, 2008

    Call me crazy - but I think - maybe - the hinged box is really just a work surface that is more complicated than it needs to be. Just something to hold the disc in place while glueing bits to it - and then the wire - which seems to go thru the cardboard disc like thread thru a button - is to affix the disc to what ever project it is being used for....and also to hold the disc to the box while you working. Egads - now my explanation sounds as unnecessarily complicated as the original instruction

  • lovestennis 2 Nov, 2008

    I read all of your pine cones projects and the instructions said just about the same. Box?? Is the cardboard box of 4" square for the pine cone to be attached? Then, removed? I do not see this box attached to the hurricane project. It would be nice to see a video on this and the other similar projects so some of us can understand your instructions.

  • carolshaffer 2 Nov, 2008

    Again this is very unclear. I don't understand why we need a box? A hook? Huh?