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Let’s Get Crafty: Easy Fall Leaf Lanterns

Sep 24, 2021|Crafting

Home made fall lanterns

DIY Fall Decor: Create Beautiful Leaf Lanterns with These Easy Craft Ideas

With fall finally in the air, it’s time to spread a little autumn cheer and upgrade your candle holders to beautiful fall leaf lanterns. You’ll be able to start this project as soon as there are fallen leaves to choose from. Or you can start right away by using fabric leaves from the craft store. These easy lanterns add a warm element of fall to your decor and make nice gifts for your friends and family.


  • 1 large jar, vase, or bowl, cleaned
  • Modge Podge 
  • 3-8 real or fabric fall leaves
  • Sponge brush


  • Flatten leaves as much as possible. Put real leaves in a heavy book and remove the plastic stems from fabric leaves.
  • Paint area of glass you want the first leaf to go with Modge Podge on the sponge brush and let dry until tacky, 1-2 minutes.
  • Add leaf and thin layer of Modge Podge on top of it to lay it flat to the glass.
  • Repeat the last two steps until the glass is decorated how you want it to look, let dry for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add one full layer of Modge Podge on top of everything, let dry overnight.
  • Wake up to your beautiful new fall lantern!

The final product isn’t always the main reason why we craft. Creating something also improves cognitive function, mood, and motor skills along with increasing feelings of self-worth. Often, seniors will get together and craft, creating friendships and broadening their social and communication skills as well. If you’re looking for other craft ideas, go here.

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