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Snowman Hurricane Shade

December 22, 2014

A last-minute quickie for the holidays.

Add a warm, whimsical glow to your dining table with a snowman hurricane shade.

The Yard Sale Find

This snowman started out as a clear glass hurricane shade I picked up at a yard sale. The shade was classic for everyday use, but I wanted something a little more festive for the holidays. I chose to use acrylic enamel as the base for the snowman to ensure the paint would be durable and less likely to scratch or flake from handling. This is a quick project that can be completed in about an hour, including drying time.

Things You Will Need:

Clear glass hurricane shade
Window cleaner
Paper towel
Sea sponge
White acrylic enamel paint
Paper plate
Powder blush
Bath towel
Orange acrylic paint
New pencil
Black acrylic paint
Black paint pen
Christmas fabric
Measuring tape

Paint the Base

Thoroughly clean the outside of the shade using window cleaner and a paper towel.

Wet a sea sponge and wring it out so that it’s damp, but not dripping. Pour white acrylic enamel paint onto a paper plate. Place the hurricane shade over your arm. With the other hand, dip the sponge into the paint and dab it on the glass. Repeat until the entire outer surface of the shade has been painted. Carefully stand the shade on your work surface to dry.

Face Painting

Using a paintbrush and powder blush, paint two large cheeks on the center-front of the shade.

Lay the shade on a bath towel to prevent the shade from rolling. Dip a paintbrush in orange acrylic paint. Pointing it to one side, paint a 2-inch triangle with a 3/4-inch base between the cheeks for the carrot nose.

Dip the eraser end of a new pencil in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes spaced 1/4 inch apart and 1/2 inch above the nose.

Draw a smile using a black paint pen. Allow the face paint to dry.

Finishing Touch

Rip a 2-inch wide by 36-inch long strip from Christmas fabric. Stand the shade right side up on your work surface.

Wrap the fabric strip around the bottom of the shade. Bring the ends together and tie into a bow on the front of the snowman. Trim the ends of the strip as desired.

Light a tea candle in a glass votive holder. Place the snowman hurricane shade over the candle. The candlelight will shine through the snowman head.

For a snowman hurricane shade that can be displayed throughout the winter months, substitute a winter novelty fabric for the Christmas fabric.


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  1. You always figure out some little adorable thing to make, you must have such a creative imagination. Want to loan me some of it? I always enjoy seeing what you’ve come up with. So cute, can use it all winter, even better. I love things that can be left out for while after holidays. You are so talented. I love all your creations. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  3. Do you paint the white paint on the inside or the outside of the glass? It does not specify.

    1. I can see them, but they are very light. If you want them brighter, just use a brighter blush.

    1. Since it’s painted on the outside you will need to wrap it in tissue paper or cloth for storing. Otherwise, while in use (since it’s a candle shade) there shouldn’t be any worries that it will get scratched.

    1. “Lay the shade on a bath towel to prevent the shade from rolling. Dip a paintbrush in orange acrylic paint. Pointing it to one side, paint a 2-inch triangle with a 3/4-inch base between the cheeks for the carrot nose.”

  4. Love it! Bought some hurricane shades at Goodwill, gonna try it. I don’t understand about the powder blush, can you elaborate?

    1. The powder blush is the same thing (make-up) you would use on your face. You apply it to the snowman in the same way.

  5. People are funny… slipping the shade on your arm to paint, you would have to paint the outside… sometimes we don’t always pay attention to what we are reading, do we?

  6. Beautiful!! I have two questions: Do you think glass paint would work? And have you tried a larger candle, like a pillar? I have both of these on hand. (Also tea candles burn out so fast!) Thank you for the great idea!

    1. I’m glad you like it. I haven’t tried glass paint, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. You would just have to experiment. As for the candle…I think it would depend on the size shade you are using. Check out websites that sell the shades to read their recommendations on candle sizes for different shade sizes.

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  8. Really a neat idea, do you think a light spray of clear on the finished product would help it from being scratched?

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