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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Leaf Votive

Living Green

Here's a beautiful way to display your pressed fall leaves.


What you'll need:
-Glass Jar
-Fall Leaves
-Ribbon (Your choice)
-Mod Podge
-Glitter (optional)
-Paint Brush
-Wax Paper

The how to:

-Gather together your pressed fall leaves and a jar. (Mason jars work great!)





(Add a little glitter to your Mod Podge if you like)
-To start, paint the back of your fall leaves and a spot on your jar with Mod Podge. Paint 3 or 4 leaves at a time to give them time to absorb the moisture of the Mod Podge.




-Press your leaves onto the jar and paint Mod Podge over the top of them. Don't worry if your leaves are stiff and don't want to wrap around the jar at first. As the Mod Podge sits on the leaf it will gradually start to soften, allowing it to bend... but you will come across a few leaves that just don't want to bend. Not to worry. Just leave the leaf alone for a while and as the Mod Podge starts to dry it becomes tacky and sticky which will help when pressing the leaf around the jar.

-It's up to you how to place your leave on the jar. You can put a lot of leaves on and overlap them or only put a few on and space them out.



-Once all your leaves are on your jar, check to make sure there is a layer of Mod Podge over the whole jar. This will give it a nice uniform look.
*(Do not paint the Mod Podge over the lip of the jar or the base of the jar.)

-As you wait for the Mod Podge to dry, periodically check to see if any leaves are pulling away from the jar. If so press them back down. Continue to check until your satisfied with how the leaves are sticking.

-Once it's completely dry tie a ribbon around it and place a tea light candle inside.


Enjoy the warm glow of your beautiful Fall Leaf Votive!

3 comments:

Carolyn (Dragon) said...

That is pretty! And so simple!

Shauna said...

Very pretty.

Carolyn (Dragon) said...

I may have to gather a few leaves to take home with me before I leaf.