Spray Painted Quatrefoil Glass Hurricane Luminary {Using Vinyl Stencils}

Spray Painted Quatrefoil Glass Hurricane Luminary {Using Vinyl Stencils}

I have wanted to make this luminary for quite sometime; ever since creating the paper luminaries last year. Since paint is more permanent than the paper, I just needed to find the setting that I could put it and enjoy it before feeling the need to change things around. With my new love of Krylon metallic’s {found around my latest living room creations} I knew I finally had the perfect place and color in mind.

The Paper Cut Luminary was one of the first projects I created when I received my Silhouette. I even made a few for a Kiddie Halloween Tablescape using black cardstock. The cut paper instantly transforms any glass hurricane in a beautiful luminary casting such a neat glow from the patterns.

Using the same basic idea, I embellished the techniques a little for this project to create a more glamorous look.

I began by cutting some premium vinyl with my Silhouette Cutter using a quatrefoil pattern found in the Silhouette Online Store {geometric_background_med_1954}. Using the design studio included with the machine I sized the pattern just a bit and began to cut several vinyl pieces.

I used a total of five separate sheets of cut vinyl to fully cover a 9 inch cylinder hurricane. The vinyl was easily applied using the Silhouette Transfer paper and the techniques I described in {this tutorial}. The parts of the design I wanted painted were the ones I removed from the cut vinyl prior to applying the transfer paper.

I simply cut and lined up each sheet of vinyl as I went along – matching up the cuts for one continuous pattern.

Once the vinyl was applied I turned the hurricane upside down {so no paint would be sprayed on the inside} and gave it several coats of Krylon’s Brush Metallic in Caramel Latte. The warm gold metallic finish of this satin spray is simply gorgeous.

I have used regular spray paint for many glass projects and I have not had any problems with scratches or peeling. I think the importance is more in the technique of applying the paint. Make sure you begin with clean dry glass and cover in multiple, very light coats, letting them dry completely in between each application.

I left the hurricane to dry for several hours prior to peeling off the vinyl.

To prevent any of the paint being removed with the vinyl, I pulled very slowly and in one direction. I cut off pieces of the pulled vinyl as I went along as it did not all come off in one piece.

I love the simplicity of the symmetrical quatrefoil design and the statement the pattern alone adds to a plain glass hurricane.

The luxurious metallic color of the spray paint is just the icing on top.

The design that illuminates from the glass is so pretty too!

I really like having the option to change things around by using the paper technique, but to add a little glitz and glamour the paint is perfect.

It’s a grey and dreary here which is a good sign for the Groundhog folklore…..hopefully winter will end soon ~ Enjoy!


  1. This is A…wait for it…Mazing!!!!! Seriously, will you sell me one? You should so sell these on Etsy. This may be one of my favorite crafts ever!!!

  2. Stephanie Lynn, another beauty! I love how it looks when the candle is lit! Gorgeous!

  3. This is just insane! I love it! Well done!

  4. That is GORGEOUS!! Like take your breath away gorgeous!!

  5. that is awesome!! oh the things you can do with spray paint and vinyl! thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. OMGosh, that is gorgeous! I ♥ how that turned out. Such a great accent piece.

  7. I adore this! I really want a silouette! It looks amazing! Great job!

  8. Those are just stunning! You should cut some of those out and give the away on here!

  9. This is so pretty! I love the design and the color!

  10. These are CRAZY cute!

  11. This is GOOD! Super impressed. Great color ~~ great look! Go Stephanie 🙂


  12. Just beautiful!

  13. Very pretty! I really need a silhouette machine!! The possibilities are endless!

  14. GORgeous!! But, darn, it must have taken forever to peel out all those little pieces you didn’t want before applying the vinyl!!

  15. Stephanie Lynn, these are 2 cute! I love the pattern you chose and the color krylon you used! :o)

  16. it’s AMAZING!!!!!

  17. Beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. I love the color and it looks so great all lit up!

  19. THAT is gorgeous! You’re brilliant, woman! 🙂 – Karen

  20. Stunnning, I love it! I just received a Silhouette from the folks over @ Silhouette to use for my on air segments for ABC 15 Sonoran Living….I think this may have to be one of the first projects I try with my new toy 🙂

  21. Yet another really good reason that I need a Silhouette. Simply beautiful. And with glass as plentiful as it is at the Dollar Tree, the possibilities are endless.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Stephanie, when you cut something intricate like this is it difficult to separate the paper? I am having trouble with that and I don’t know if I have my machine set wrong or if it’s the vinyl I am using or my blade is dull, although I don’t think it is that because I haven’t used it that much. Alot of times it doesn’t cut all the way thru or when I pull the vinyl off it stretches and looses shape. Any tips you have would be appreciated!

  23. i absoltely LOVE this project! amazing!!!!

  24. This is gorgeous and very creative, I love it! I just recently found your blog and can’t wait to look through your archives

  25. Your creative flair has given my ole brain so much to be joyful about during these cold, gloomy winter months! I have found a new love for stencils! This project is so awesome!(and to think I’d been collecting hurricane lamps for
    several years.)

  26. Stephanie, I don’t own a Silhoutte and probably never will. Would you consider selling just the vinyl designs to your adoring public? I would be first in line to purchase some.

    Love your blog.

    [email protected]


  27. Stephanie!
    I love the way this turned out. I have a Silhouette too, but I am still trying to learn all the ways to use it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. Just when I convince myself that I don’t need a silhouette and then I see this… just beautiful!! I SO love quatrefoil! Nice job!! 🙂

  29. I just love this. It would be fun to make some small votive ones as well.

  30. LOVE THIS! Great tutorial!

  31. I am so going to do this! I have a nice set of glass bathroom canisters that I would like to cover this way to hide the contents better. I also have to make new lids anyway because one of the ceramic handles on one of them broke. This is a gorgeous project that I’m bringing home with me. Now I’m off to read the tutorial. Thank you!

  32. This is so cute!

  33. Just beautiful! May have to try this on something!
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you’ll come see DD2’s dining room redo.


  34. Great idea…and it turned out beautifully!!!
    Have a wonderful week!!!

  35. GORGEOUS! I am marking this idea for later! I also am stumbling it! Just gorgeous!

  36. I have a hurricane candle holder I’m bored with. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Its fabulous!

  37. This is BEAUTIFUL! I totally need a cutter of some sort now. 🙂

  38. I love this! So classy and chic!

  39. This is so pretty!!! Great tutorial… Please come join us at the Project Party here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-make-your-blog.html

  40. Do you have an etsy store?

  41. Please Tell me you are a Phi Mu. Quatrefoil everywhere on your blog!! I love it.

  42. Love your blog and this project featuring quatrefoil (one of my favorite patterns!) so I featured your project in my roundup of crafty quatrefoil projects here. Feel free to check it out and hope you like it!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist


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