Fall Leaf Lanterns

This weekend’s forecast finally calls for some Fall-like weather, but since it has been so warm around here lately we’re severely lacking some brilliant Fall leaves and anything else that might remind us that it’s already Autumn. Despite the current absence of Fall, when I saw these gorgeous leaf lanterns over at Twig and Toadstool last week I knew that I had to find a way to make some for myself.

I attempted to collect some leaves from my parents’ house since they have dozens more trees than we do. Unfortunately just-barely-yellowing leaves were the best that I could come up with, and they definitely weren’t inspiring me in the way that I had hoped. Fortunately for me, my dad seems to have inherited Grandmom’s affinity for gathering and pressing leaves and flowers in between pages of old books…and then forgetting about them until something triggers their memory to remind them that they are still hidden there. Up on the top bookshelf, carefully tucked between the pages of “The New Book of Knowledge,” we found stem upon stem of brilliantly colored Japanese Maple leaves in every hue of the season. Perfect!
fallen leaves for lantern

I found an old glass piece in my cupboard, grabbed my Mod Podge and started getting creative…
mod podge and leaves on lanternWhen Sutton saw my lantern drying on the counter he wanted to make one too, so he chose an empty glass pasta sauce jar to upcycle into his own lantern. I set up all of the supplies for him, and then he took over and did the project entirely on his own. I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with his focus these days, and the end result was lovely!

kids adding mod podge to diy leaf lantern

candle lit inside of pretty fall lantern
Our lanterns cast an inviting and soothing warm glow, and they definitely fill the missing leaf void that we were experiencing! They brought the final element of Autumn to our collection of acorns, pumpkins and indian corn that grace our Fall nature table, and I’m so glad that my dad had the bits and pieces that we needed to make it happen (thanks Dad! ♥)
child smiling next to cute fall decor

best fall decor ideas : homemade leaf lanterns

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  1. I feel like I’m the only one from 2021 commenting lol anyway, this is a great idea ☺️ I’m going to do this with the kids soon. Thank you for the info!

    1. We have always dried our leaves first, so I don’t have any experience with using ones that haven’t been dried. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  2. They’re very pretty and Sutton did a fantastic job. I have some of those glass holders leftover from a reception. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Yes! I, too, have ivy bowls left from a wedding (then birthday) celebration….was wondering what to do with them next! A beautiful idea.