I had a large jar with no lid (broken…boys…enough said) and a stack of pressed Fall leaves. What to do?? Make an Autumn Glass display jar as a fun Fall craft of course!
I saw a similar idea on Pinterest where someone had used dried flowers to decorate a jar, so we decided that we could use our dried leaves in a similar way. Two of my kids and I sat down in the middle of the kitchen and went to work.
Step 1: Press Autumn Leaves
We had collected at least 20 leaves with beautiful Autumn colors and pressed them between paper in a large book for at least a week. When they were completely dry we were ready to go.
Step 2: Gather supplies
- Large glass jug or jar
- pressed leaves
- paint brushes
- school glue
- bowl for glue
- white tissue paper torn into pieces about 4 inches by 4 inches.
Step 3: Prepare Glue
Pour glue into your bowl. Pour in an equal amount of water. We used a school glue bottle and poured the water from the same bottle. Mix glue and water mixture until it is mixed thoroughly.
Step 4: Create
- Paint a leaf with glue and place it flat on the outside of the glass.
- Paint the top of the leaf and the surrounding area.
- Put tissue paper pieces on and around leaf.
- Repeat around glass.
- When glass is full of leaves and tissue paper, add one more layer of glue and tissue paper (sop it on nice and thick).
It will take a few hours to dry.
Step 5: Display
We enjoyed adding some white lights inside the jar and displaying in our living room. It really added a nice and peaceful glow.
I hope you also enjoy that nice peaceful glow. You can make these on a smaller scale on mason jars. Kids can decorate their own jar.
**If You are not going to light it up and are using a wide mouth jar like the one above, I would recommend gluing the leaves to the inside. The leaves will display better when not being lit up.