Do you love the colors of fall leaves? Do you wish you could capture those colors? Here’s how to preserve fall leaves and I’ll be creating a fun lantern with them.
I found this lantern in the Target dollar spot section.
It contained a battery operated tealight.
On one of my daily walks I started collecting fall leaves.
I’m originally from Minnesota where there are so many fall colors. Here in Colorado, we don’t have as many color options.
The key to this project is doing these next steps when the leaves are still “fresh and alive”. The color immediately begins to fade as the leaf dies, and they become more brittle.
Don’t want to use fresh leaves? No problem, you can use fake fall leaves for this project.
I painted Mod Podge onto the lantern glass.
You can do this on the inside or out, it’s really your preference. I went with inside.
Mod Podge goes on white and dries clear.
Next I placed the leaves onto the Mod Podge.
You have a lot of options when placing the leaves.
How many do you want on each section
What direction you want the leaves to be
Change up the shape, style, and color of the leaves.
I painted another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the leaves.
Brush strokes do matter, so after you get the leaves in place be sure to run your brush from top to bottom. Another option would be to bounce your brush up and down to create a textured effect.
Once you have the top coat of Mod Podge painted on, let it dry completely.
This is the next key on how to preserve fall leaves. You’re sealing the leaves with the Mod Podge.
You can simply paint Mod Podge onto the leaves on both sides and let them dry to seal them. Then you can use them in so many ways.
Create leaf scatter
Make a garland
Display them in a bowl
Hang them with fishing line to create a falling effect, and you can see mine here – Natural Fall Decor With Leaves
Use them on a wreath, and you can see mine here – Natural Fall Wreath
Once my lantern dry, it was ready for display.
See how amazing the leaves look when the tealight inside the lantern is turned on?
The light just glows through the leaves and the colors are so beautiful.
HOW TO PRESERVE FALL LEAVES VIDEO
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