Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns for Fall

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Mason jar leaf lanterns are the perfect way to add a touch of Fall décor to your home. They are easy to make and only require a few simple supplies.

Hello! Michelle here from Our Crafty Mom sharing my first fall craft of the season! One of the easiest ways to decorate for any season is to use mason jars.

They are inexpensive, easy to find and so versatile. I’m super happy with how these mason jar leaf lanterns turned out.

They are the perfect way to add a touch of fall décor to your home. Plus, they make great gifts! So gather up your supplies and get ready to create some beautiful leaf lanterns.

Mason Jar Leaf Lantern For Fall

How to Make Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns

You can make up several of these leaf lanterns in under an hour, minus drying time. I really wanted to use the large quart-size mason jars for this project, but I couldn’t find them for a good price.

The jars at the dollar store were a little small. Then I happened to be in Target when I spotted a case of 12 mason jars for under $15! I scooped that box right up!

Let’s get to this simple tutorial.

What you need: 

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Supplies Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

supplies for mason jar leaf lantern

Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns

Step 1. Clean the Mason Jar

It’s important to clean the mason jar with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust, oils, or fingerprints. You won’t be covering the entire jar so you want to ensure there are no spots.

wiping mason jar

Step 2. Brush Mod Podge on Mason Jar

Next, use a foam brush to cover the mason jar with Mod Podge. It’s best to work in sections and let the Mod Podge get a little tacky. A minute or two is all you need.

using foam brush to add mod podge

Step 3. Remove Stems From The Leaves

You want the leaves to lay flat on the mason jar, so you do need to remove the wire or plastic stems on the leaves.

removing plastic stems from leaves

It’s easier than I thought. Cut the bottom of the stem and pull it away from the leaves. If you have any trouble you can use scissors to cut under the stem.

Step 4. Add Leaves To Mason Jar

Place Mod Podge on the back of each leaf and place it onto the mason jar. You can use your fingertips to press it down and secure it to the jar.

leaf on mason jar

Step 5. Continue adding leaves

Continue to add fall leaves on top of the mason jar with Mod Podge. There is no right or wrong as far as placement. Use your creativity and place them wherever you like.

several leaves on mason jar

The one tip I have for leaf placement is not to cover the entire jar. We want this to be a lantern; the light won’t shine through the jar if you add too many leaves.

I recommend covering maybe the bottom half.

Step 6. Add a Top Coat of Mod Podge

Once you have all the leaves where you want them, add a top layer of Mod Podge. You don’t have to go too heavy.

I like how the leaves have a little dimension if some of the edges are raised, but it’s completely up to you. That is the fun thing about creating. You can decorate however you like.

mod podge on fall leaves

Step 7. Let Dry Overnight

Depending on how much you use, the mod podge will be dry to touch in about an hour or so. It will dry clear, which is one of the things I love about Mod Podge crafts.

I recommend letting it dry overnight just to be safe.

Step 8. Add A Tea Light Candle

All that’s left now is to add a tea light candle, and you’re ready to display your beautiful mason jar fall leaf lantern! See how simple that was?

finished mason jar leaf lantern in birdcage

I prefer to use battery-operated candles. You can use a regular tea light if you don’t have Mod Podge on the inside of the jar. But, it’s easier to place the battery-operated candle in the mason jar.

fall leaf mason jar pin collage
Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns for Fall in birdcage
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Mason Jar Leaf Lantern

Pick up a few inexpensive supplies to make a beautiful leaf lantern that is perfect for fall.
Prep Time15 mins
Work Time1 hr
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 15 mins
Keyword: mason jar leaf lantern
Author: Michelle James

Equipment

Supplies

  • Fall leaves
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Mason Jar
  • Battery-operated tea candles

Instructions

  • Clean the mason jar with rubbing alcohol.       
  • Use a foam brush to cover the mason jar with mod podge. 
  • Remove the wire or plastic stems on the leaves.
  • Place mod podge on the back of each leaf and place it onto the mason jar. 
  • Continue to add fall leaves on top of the mason jar with mod podge.  
  • Add a top layer of mod podge.
  • Let dry overnight.
  • Add a tea light and enjoy your new lantern!
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