The essence of fall nature luminaries is a fun craft to put together with kids. They’ll enjoy wandering through the backyard or local nature trail with you to pick out the perfect fall leaves to preserve.
If you’d like, you can use faux candles rather than real candles to avoid burned fingers if you’re concerned about kids touching the luminaries.
How to Make Essence of Fall Nature Luminaries
Complement your fall decor with these beautiful natural luminaries. For this craft, you’ll need some glass votive holders. You can find them very inexpensively at the dollar store, usually 2 or 3 of them for one dollar.
- Several Colorful Leaves (from your last nature walk!)
- Glass votive Holder (dollar store has them!)
- White Tissue Paper, torn into 2″ strips
- Craft Glue such as Modge Podge
Gather several pretty leaves with varying colors in them.
Place them on a sheet of wax paper and cover with a heavy book/object for 1 hour to flatten them.
Spread a layer of craft glue onto the glass.
Place the leaves in the position you want onto the glue, adhering the leaves into place. Allow the glue to dry.
Mix 1 tablespoon of craft glue & 1 tablespoon of warm water to create a decoupage paste/glue.
Apply tissue paper pieces, 1 at a time, “painting” them on with the decoupage glue. Overlap the pieces until the entire votive is covered.
Overlap the lip/edge of the votive going approx 1/4 inch into the glass.
Be sure to thoroughly decoupage ALL of the tissue paper.
Dry overnight. To use, insert a tealight and Voila, Natural Luminaries. Please Note, Candles should not be left unattended.