Every change of season means a new opportunity to explore gorgeous seasonal home decor projects. Snowy and quaint scenes are always popular for the colder months, and one of our favorites from previous years is our two-dimensional papercut winter village. This year we were inspired to try something new by adapting the design into a gorgeous decal for making a DIY hurricane lamp. Pair this easy winter home decor with some papercut Christmas art for the ultimate festive display!
The first step in making your DIY hurricane lamp is finding your hurricane. We found our simple glass one on sale at West Elm. Lucky us! Next, download the SVG file below to use with your cutting machine, or find our PDF winter village if you are cutting by hand. You can cut this design onto vinyl to apply to your hurricane, but we decided to use window cling. That way we can easily remove it once we want to transition into spring. To dress up our DIY hurricane lamp, we added a couple sheets of vellum to the inside of the glass for a frosty look. Then we stuck some twinkling string lights into the hurricane and the scene came to life!
The best part about this project is being able to play around with styling. You can fill the hurricane with pretty ornaments, different colored lights, flameless candles or anything else that comes to mind! A snowy white color palette is classic for Christmas, but you can also try out different colors to change it up. If you’re feeling inspired by making a DIY hurricane lamp, head over to our Christmas section for more fun projects! Find our membership page to join our crafting community, or leave a comment telling us what you would like to see on the website next! Enjoy ~ Lia and the Team
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- Cut the design using our SVG cut file, or with scissors from white window cling material.
- Clean the surface of your glass hurricane (make sure it’s dry before you apply the window cling).
- Place the village window cling along the bottom of the glass and wrap around hurricane.
- Place snowflakes by hand.
- Add fairy lights or an LED candle to light from the inside; add vellum paper for a frosted look!
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Lia, did you use just a generic window cling material?
My mistake! We did use window cling from Cricut for this one, but it was five years ago and we generally use vellum instead of window cling. Here’s an article on Cricut’s site, but I would still reach out to them if this doesn’t help! https://help.cricut.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009431294-Window-Cling-Cutting-and-Application-Instructions
Any suggestion on “cut” setting? I set my Maker to “window cling” cut and it did not cut thru the window cling. The type of window cling I am using is Cricut window cling. In the instructions on the Cricut window cling material, it states not to be used for intricut cutting. Any suggestions?
You might want to ask Cricut about this. We don’t use their window cling so I have no idea.
Is there a standard way on can find the instructions on how to assemble a project after we have cut the components?
Hi Carole! If there are detailed instructions, they will be included in a photo tutorial and/or instructions download.
Will the .SVG files work in other cutting machines besides the Cricut machines? In other words, did you test them to make sure they will work on the Silhouette Cameo for example? I’m not sure what software you used to make your designs in, but I have found that some .svg files are not “universal” – they may open up properly in the software for one brand of cutting machine but not another. I have what is considered “legacy” Cricut machines but they will not work with Cricut’s newly launched (2018) online software program which is what someone would need to be able to use any cut file that is not from a cartridge (at least that is my understanding from emails with Provo Craft). I abandoned Cricut years ago when they went to a cloud only platform for their software (I wanted to be the “owner” of my designs) and I felt pretty good about that decision when I heard that the software was slow and buggy.) I hope the new platform works better (I can hardly believe that they built they old platform on Flash.)
Hi Kathleen! We only use the Cricut machine in our office so we don’t test files for other machines. We know our SVG files work with the designer edition of Silhouette’s software (they have to be converted from SVG to .Studio files), and know from members that they can also be used on the Sizzix Eclips2 and Brother ScanNCut.
I am interested in make this project as a gift this Christmas. Just a quick question – I assume you are applying the window cling or vinyl to the outside of the hurricane lamp? I read through the links above, but nothing was mentioned about the application.
Hi Sara! Yes, we applied it to the outside of the hurricane– it’s much easier than trying to apply it on the inside.
I purchased the Winter Lantern but ha confused on how to put it together. Are there some kind of insturctions?
Yes 🙂 https://liagriffith.com/joann-handcrafted-holiday-kits/
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Where is the PDF version of this design?
There’s a link in the post 🙂 https://liagriffith.com/paper-cut-winter-village-for-your-holiday-decorations/
What a neat project! My mom used to have candles like this growing up but I haven’t seen the likes of them in stores, so I’m glad I can now make them myself! 😀
Yay! I love reading comments like this 🙂