My kids can’t stop collecting all the beautiful fallen leaves, to the point where I decided it was time to do something with all the foliage instead of keeping it in random piles around the house. There is no shortage of leaf art ideas on the Internet, but the one that appealed to me the most was this project that turns a pickle jar into rustic, seasonal décor.
What’s also great about this project is that it involves only decoupage glue – no messy paint! Not that glue is mess-free — you’ll still have to lay down newspaper — but at least the end result doesn’t include splotches of color all over the kids’ clothes.
When you’re selecting the leaves to use, choose pliant ones that are not too brittle, and go with a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Prep the leaves by soaking them in water to remove any debris, and snipping off the stems, which don’t adhere very well.
Use a sponge brush to “paint” some decoupage glue on the backs of the leaves, then apply them to the jar. Start with the larger leaves, then fill in the spaces with the smaller ones. Try to juxtapose different shapes and colors, and apply the leaves at different angles. The glue will start to get all over the jar, but that’s ok – when it dries, it will create a neat, frosted look. Some leaf edges may refuse to adhere properly; you’ll have to wait till the first layer dries, then apply a second layer of glue to those edges.
After the glue is completely dry, wrap some twine or raffia around the rim, and fill the jar with a candle or some small pine cones. It’ll look great on the table!
Another idea is to decorate pumpkins in the same way. Use white pumpkins so that the leaves’ colors will really pop. For more fall foliage projects, check out our past post on other ways to create art with leaves.