DIY Fallen Leaf Luminaries
DIY Fallen Leaf Luminaries
I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite season, but autumn is such a special time that lets us get cozy and enjoy nature in a way that just invites brining the outdoors in.
Here I'll show you how to make your own DIY fallen leaf luminaries to create soothing ambiance in your home.
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DIY Fallen Leaf Luminaries Video Tutorial (14 minutes)
Here's my easy to follow 14-minute video tutorial for fallen leaf luminaries.
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DIY Fallen Leaf Luminaries Materials
- Sheets of waxed paper
- Freshly fallen leaves of varied type, color and size - for best results use dry, but not dried out leaves
- Iron - set to NO STEAM setting - dry heat only, please
- Craft glue
- Soft tape measure OR a ruler and some string or ribbon to measure the circumference of your candles
- Ironing board or iron safe surface
- Lightweight dishtowel
- Flameless pillar or tea candles
DIY Fallen Leaf Luminaries Instructions
Start by setting up your craft space and plugging in your iron.
Next, measure the circumference - the length it would take to cover the outside - of the candle(s) that you would like to make a fallen leaf luminary for.
Take that number and double it. For example, if my pillar candle measured 9" in circumference, I would have 18".
Use 18" as your guide for your waxed paper. Cut two sheets of 18" of waxed paper.
Thankfully, it doesn't matter what side of the waxed paper you use for your luminaries, but I like to layer them in the same direction they were when they came off the roll.
I find that this slight curl under at each edge allows for a nice tight fit.
Now, either pinch or cut off your leaf stems if they have any.
Start placing the pretty fallen leaves on one sheet of waxed paper at the lengthwise top of the waxed paper.
The top will be the top of your luminary when you add the second layer of waxed paper and iron.
Having this nice straight edge will look great!
Now that you have your leaves placed, gently place the other sheet of 18" long waxed paper on top of your leaf layer.
Place your lightweight cloth on top of the waxed paper and iron on high heat NO STEAM.
Count to 15 or 20 and gently lift your cloth.
Move your cloth to another section and press with your iron.
Notice when you lift your cloth that the layers of waxed paper are binding together and with the leaves.
When all of your waxed paper has been fused with your iron, decide what height you would like your luminary to be.
Measure this length from the top of your paper and trim the BOTTOM of your paper with your scissors.
Use your candle to roll your waxed paper luminary around your candle leaving enough clearance to slide your luminary up and off your candle.
Run a line of craft glue on the inside of the OUTER layer of paper and secure to the inner layer to create a tube.
Let your luminary dry fully and then insert your flameless candle to enjoy!