Looking for unique inexpensive ways to decorate your house for the fall season? Or maybe you are like me and just like to have nature present everywhere in your house. I think it adds a warmness and home feeling to every room no matter what the style is. Recently I was trying to figure out how to bring a little more romance to my bathroom décor. I knew I wanted candles in there but all the candle holders at the store were more than I wanted to pay. I saw one that I almost bought just because I liked it so much, but then that would mean I would be short on funds for other things so I got the idea to try and replicate it at home.
You will need:
Glass jar (can be tall baby food jars, or big pickle jars)
White craft glue
Heavy book (phone books work well)
First you will need to decide what size of jar you are going to be using. If you are using the tall baby food jars, you are going to want smaller leaves or a less amount of leaves. If you use a bigger jar like that of a large pickle jar, you can use bigger leaves, such as maples and oaks and use more leaves since there is more area you can cover.
Make sure you clean out your jar thoroughly and let it dry completely.
Find the leaves you want to use. Go on a hike down a beautiful colorful fall trail, or just look in your own back yard. You will want leaves that are still on the tree or bush, as these are still flexible and not brittle and crumbly. You can still get great color from leaves on the trees!
If you are wanting something to last all year long, you might want to go with green leaves.
If your room has a certain color scheme you can use leaves to match the color theme as well. Purple rooms you can use purple leaf plums. Yellow you can use river birch or aspen leaves in the fall. They might not be the exact color of your room but they will still look good and go well.
Once you have your leaves, you will want to lay them flat (not overlapping) and place a heavy book on top of them, such as a large dictionary, encyclopedia, phone book or several magazines. Leave them under the book(s) over night.
Brush white craft glue onto the outside of your jar and place your leaves to it. Hold them there until they stick (a few seconds to a minute). Continue working all around your jar until you have all the leaves you want on the jar. Leave the jar to dry completely (this will depend on the craft glue’s instructions).
Mix equal parts water and white craft glue to create a decoupage (or you can use premade decoupage).
Tear tissue paper into small squares approximately 1inch by 1 inch. You can use all one single color of tissue paper, such as white for a frosted look, or green for Christmas. Or you can use several colors like I did and create almost a stained glass look.
Use the paint brush to brush the decoupage paste over the tissue paper and stick it to the glass and over your leaves. Covering the entire jar. You can even go over the lip of the jar, just make sure the tissue is secured well with the decoupage.
Allow to dry.
Place a candle, votive for bigger jars or tea light for smaller jars. Light the candle and be amazed at the beautiful nature glow it adds to the room!