Create a glowing focal point in your home with this colorful, DIY Thanksgiving craft. It works perfectly as a fireplace mantel accent, porch décor or a Thanksgiving table decoration. Plus, you can fill these Mason jars with tea lights, fairy lights or even use them as silverware holders when guests come over for the holiday feast. They’ll pair perfectly with a few rustic, DIY Thanksgiving place card holders.
If you’re really looking to wow your guests, you can even clean out the insides, place a straw in each Mason jar and serve up some stylish Thanksgiving cocktails. Honestly, who wouldn’t be impressed with drinking from a leaf-clad chalice?
Scroll down to learn how we made this Thanksgiving craft, and check out our Pantone Color Series for more fall décor ideas.
How to Make Leaf Mason Jar Lanterns
First, you’ll want to clean your mason jars. We failed to complete this important step, and it may have affected our leaves’ ability to stick to the Mason jar. In fact, we had such problems getting our faux leaves to lay flat, that we were preparing ourselves to write a “Pinterest fail” style post.
Fortunately, we found an alternative method…
We decided to hot glue our leaves onto the mason jars. If Mod Podge works the first time for you, great! If not, hot glue works just fine. We have a sneaking suspicion that real leaves would work better with the Mod Podge method. If you’re making this craft with little ones, go on a nature walk beforehand and collect fall leaves to use in your craft.
Once you’ve gathered a pile of colorful leaves (real or faux), apply either Mod Podge or a dab of hot glue to the middle and tips of each leaf and press firmly against the glass until it has dried.
Next, you’ll want to coat the top of your leaves with Mod Podge to ensure the leaves stick to the Mason jar. Use a sponge brush to evenly apply a generous coat. Then, give the Mod Podge plenty of time to dry. We waited a little over two hours, and found that only two out of three jars were dry. You may want to let them sit overnight.
When your leaves are completely dry, use raffia ribbon to tie bows around the tops. Then, fill each jar with a tea light, fairy lights or anything else that fits.
There you have it! You’ve created a beautiful, fall DIY craft that you’ll want to leaf out until it’s time to hang up Christmas lights.
Fall DIY Leaf Mason Jar Instructions
- Leaves (we used fake ones)
- Mason jars
- Mod Podge
- Raffia ribbon (or your preferred ribbon)
- Sponge brush for Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun and sticks (if Mod Podge doesn’t work)
- Tea candles or fairy lights
- Wipe down your mason jars. Apply hot glue or Mod Podge to the middle and tips of each leaf and firmly press against the Mason jar. Continue layering leaves on top of one another until the jar is mostly covered, leaving small sections of glass showing.
- Next, coat the top of your leaves with Mod Podge to ensure the leaves stick to the Mason jars. Use a sponge brush to evenly apply a generous coat. Allow ample time to dry.
- When your leaves are completely dry, use raffia ribbon to tie bows around the Mason jar tops. Fill each jar with a tea light, fairy lights or anything else that fits well.
After you’ve enjoyed your beautiful fall craft for the season, prepare for the next big holiday by shopping our whimsical, Holiday Marketplace. And keep checking back for special holiday deals and discounts on our weekly ad!
This post was inspired by Spark & Chemistry.
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