I’m sure that after last week’s project, you had a strong desire to get your entire house ready for the fall season. I know I sure did! I lit my fall scented candles, made myself a big mug of cider and decided what I could decorate without going to overboard this early. I put up my wreath that we made last week and I turned on the soft white string lights I use on top of my cabinets in the kitchen but it wasn’t quite cutting it. I needed something that felt truly fall like. So I went down to my craft room, found a few clean jars, modge podge, a paint brush, a few tea lights and my package of leaves. I know, who buys leaves? The answer is I do! Last year I was wandering aimlessly around Hobby Lobby when I came upon a package of real leaves that had been dyed gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange. They were 40% off so of course I had to buy them and boy am I thankful that I did because they were exactly what I needed to make this project. However – if you are more patient than I am, you can wait until the leaves on your own trees start changing colors and then you will spend practically nothing on these fall leaf jars.
All you will need for this project is a few jars – any kind will work as long as they are clean, you don’t even need the lids – glossy modge podge, a paint brush or sponge, leaves and a couple tea lights. To start, put a nice a layer of modge podge all over your jar and let it dry a little so that it is tacky. Then start placing your leaves on the jar. You can overlap them as well, just make sure you put a little bit of modge podge on the bottom leaf to act as a glue. Keep in mind that the more layers you have, the less light will show through. Let the leaves dry and then put on a thin layer of modge to seal it all up. Allow the jar to dry completely, place a tea light in it and VOILA! you have a gorgeous jar that gives off a beautiful amber glow.
Now all you need to do is grab yourself a big ole mug of hot apple cider, light your candles, pretend that the weather is a little bit chillier and enjoy the season.
Until Next Time,