Essence of Fall Nature Luminaries

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.

You’ll Need:

  • 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.

Essence of fall luminaries step 1

Place them on a sheet of wax paper and cover with a heavy book/object for 1 hour to flatten them.

Essence of fall luminaries step 2

Spread a layer of craft glue onto the glass.

Essence of fall luminaries step 3
Place the leaves in the position you want onto the glue, adhering the leaves into place. Allow the glue to dry.

Essence of fall luminaries step 4
Mix 1 tablespoon of craft glue & 1 tablespoon of warm water to create a decoupage paste/glue.

Essence of fall luminaries step 7

Apply tissue paper pieces, 1 at a time, “painting” them on with the decoupage glue. Overlap the pieces until the entire votive is covered.

Essence of fall luminaries step 6

Overlap the lip/edge of the votive going approx 1/4 inch into the glass.

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Be sure to thoroughly decoupage ALL of the tissue paper.

how to make Essence of fall luminaries

Dry overnight. To use, insert a tealight and Voila, Natural Luminaries. Please Note, Candles should not be left unattended.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. wow, these are really beautiful, thank you for sharing them. i think they’d be pretty if made with spring and summer flowers that have been dried as well.

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