Fall Leaf Candle Jar

Reuse, Recycle, & Create

By Christel Hoydic November 21, 2013
Take your family on a leaf hunt this fall. It can be in your own backyard or a local park. Spend an afternoon collecting leaves with shapes and colors that you love and then use them to create a candle jar that is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.


  • Clean Mason Jar (You can also use a clean spaghetti sauce jar.)
  • Mod Podge (Make your own with 2 parts white school glue to 1 part water.)

  • Paint Brush

  • Leaves

  1. Prepare your leaves. This step takes some planning and patience. Gently place the leaves you have chosen for your jar between two heavy books and allow them to sit for a few hours, ideally overnight.
Once the leaves are pressed flat, coat your jar with a layer of Mod Podge. This will help your leaves stick to the jar.

  3. Arrange the leaves onto the jar in any manner you choose. You can even overlap the leaves.

  4. Paint the Mod Podge in a thick layer over the leaves and allow to dry. (Remember, the Mod Podge will dry clear.) 

  5. Once dry, place a small votive candle or tea light inside and light!

Enjoy your "Rustic Magic" masterpiece during the holiday season!