Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Leaf Candle

Friday is is the first day of Fall!
How to make a Fall Leaf Candle!
All you need to make one:  dried, pressed fall leaves, regular Mod Podge, a jar and a brush.
  Dry beautiful, colorful fall leaves using this method. Drying should take only about two weeks.
Smear Mod Podge all over the sides of the jar.  Do not apply Mod Podge to the bottom or the grooved lid area.
Place your dry leaf right onto the Mod Podge and press into place.  Brush over the leaf with more Mod Podge.
 Continue adding leaves and Mod Podge until your jar is covered with leaves.  I like to overlap a few, but keep in mind that overlap areas do reduce the light that can pass through.  I find that lighter colored leaves work best.  Use the darker leaves as accents.

 Once you have finished placing your leaves around the jar surface,  use the flat end of your brush to create a stippled pattern in the Mod Podge areas NOT covered by leaves. This step will create a more pleasing pattern than will brush strokes when light shines through these "open" areas on the jar.

 Let the candle dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat of Mod Podge, again "stippling" the open areas.

 Let the jar dry several hours or overnight.  Overspray with acrylic spray. When dry, pop a tea light in the bottom and you are done!
Keep this cute candle idea from in mind once the leaves begin to change...
I am thinking that several of these, in different sizes, would be gorgeous on a Fall Party table.  And you can continue using them right through Halloween and  Thanksgiving.


jessica // union shore said...

love this idea! so easy and cute!

Unknown said...

Love this idea! One question, you noted, " Dry beautiful, colorful fall leaves using this method. Drying should take only about two weeks." I may be overlooking it, but wondering what method you used.
Thank you in advance for your response!

Cheryl said...

@Tammi….or anyone….take fall leaves and dry near window or heater…..or another easy alternative (Buy a package at Michaels's!!!)
Happy Crafting!

Mama Becky Blick said...

We tried this today and found that dry leaves didn't stick to the mod podge, but if we dampened them, they did.