Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Luminous Leaf Lanterns


Making this lantern was a bit of an experiment. I wasn't quite sure if it would work but when I imagined the glow of a candle through a kaleidoscope of fall leaves...I just had to try it!



If you want to create these too, it is so SIMPLE!
First  collect some vibrant leaves (we gathered from the sumac tree ~ glowing red right now in our backyard) and press them.


Gather up your supplies
leaves pressed (at least 36 hours)
mod podge ~ love this stuff!
paint brush
glass jar or bowl (I found this bowl at salvation army and thought...hmmm...lantern?!) 


To begin, paint a thick layer of mod podge onto your glass surface. Place your leaves on top.


Paint thickly over the leaves. Don't worry if they don't lie flat in all places, the leaves seem  to hold strong once the mod podge dries.


Let dry and Voila!


This lantern has now made its home on our nature table...glowing brightly...illuminating the the gnomes, acorns, felt pumpkins, leaves and all our autumn treasures!


Autumn Love and Light to you all
~ Shanti ~

40 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! Absolutely beautiful:)

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  2. Once again, GORGEOUS! You girls think up the best things, and I can't wait to get my Spiral Scout group going so I can do all these amazing things with them as well as with my kids!

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  3. we make these lovely lanterns nearly every autumn to celebrate the season... my son still loves it 10 years later.... yours turned out lovely...
    light and blessings

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  4. That turned out great! I think I saw something simlar over at The magic Onions but she used beeswax. Such a great idea xx

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  5. This is just beautiful! I think we are going to have to try it soon with some of the oak leaves I've pressed!

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  6. that is one wonderful lantern, love that mod podge!

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  7. Thanks for yet another great idea for next Autumn.

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  8. Looks great and i love the gnome on your nature table

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  9. Love this idea ~ will the leaves hold their color? I am going to try it;
    Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Lovely (and best of all Simple) :0)
    Thank You

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  11. This is lovely! It's been a long time since I've made one so I might need a refresher. :) I have a fishbowl vase with a bit of a crack that is a perfect candidate for this project.

    So pretty, thank you for sharing.

    ~carrie~

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  12. The stars must be right, but two people have sent me in your direction today, my friend Becky and Ms. PattyCake Manners. Your fall garland is gorgeous, as well as everything else in this space. There is a really good feel.

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  13. Beautiful! I am going to have to try this. I just need to find some pretty leaves. No luck yet!

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  14. It looks absolutely beautiful. I love anything that glows. We definitely have to try this!

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  15. Wow, this is so beautiful. What a great idea. Thank you!

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  16. this is great. I recently found this blog, I am addicted:) thanks you both are great.

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  17. Hurray for lanterns made with glass jars. They glow so pretty and seem much safer than paper lanterns =)

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  18. I loved this tutorial and i'm already a fan of your blog.. and a follower, of course ;-)

    I would also like to introduce you to my blog: http://nolugarquechamocasa.blogspot.com

    Hope you'll follow back!! :-)
    Catarina

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  19. Beautiful! I'll have to try that.

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  20. stunning idea so full with warmth!

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  21. THis is beautiful! It would also look good on pumpkins! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  22. I featured this cute craft on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great idea!

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  23. Thank-you for visiting Heart Felt, I appreciated your beautiful comment so much. What a crafty family...such gorgeous ideas. It's nice to follow someone who is enjoying the opposite seasons to us here in New Zealand. x

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  24. wow I will be trying these this autumn

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  25. These are really beautiful and would make wonderful gifts the kids can help with!

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  26. sumac always has the most gorgeous colored leaves....but on a cautionary note.......they can be poisonous to some just like poinson ivy!

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  27. Love this! What a great way to celebrate the season with my son!

    Come visit us over at www.thesitsgirls.com!

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  28. Ooh I love this! And I have the same gnome on my shelf!

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