Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Leaves? DIY Project It Is!

Looking for a way to put your craftiness to good use? Well, look no further! We have the perfect, autumn-inspired DIY project to satisfy your artsy cravings.

The leaves of your favorite Maple tree have, no doubt, shuffled off their summertime green for the rosy hues of autumn. Don’t let your leaves go to waste; put them to use in your next home decor project!

The Mason Jar Candle Holder project, from Spark & Chemistry, combines festive fall aesthetics with a touch of folksiness guessed it, mason jars. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to add a little bit of fall decor to your home. Let’s get creative! 

Spark & Chemistry: Mason Jar Candle Holder

What you’ll need:
  • Leaf (real or artificial)
  • Mason Jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush 

Step 1: Make sure the outside of your mason jar is clean. If the jar is dirty or oily, the leaves will not stick.

Step 2: Loosen up your leaves. Stiff leaves will not stick. Note: If you are using real leaves, you may want to dampen them to make them less stiff. 

Spark & Chemistry: Application

Step 3: Application - begin to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the Mason Jar using your sponge brush, one section at a time. Once a section becomes sticky, place a leaf on the jar. Apply more Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers. Note: Be sure to smooth out the edges; start in the middle of the leaf and work your way to the outer edges. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers.

Step 4: Application, continued. Apply as many leaves as you desire to fill/decorate the jar.

Step 5: Once you have applied all of the leaves, let it sit for a few hours to dry.

When the jar is dry, add some finishing touches with twine or ribbon. Place a candle inside and voila! Your room will light up with beautiful fall colors and scents! 

Spark & Chemistry: Finished Product

Going to try this? Have another favorite fall craft project? Tell us about it!