preserving leaves and a leaf lantern

Today we made lasagna (with homemade tomato sauce), roasted pumpkin seeds and preserved some of the gorgeous Autumn leaves that came down with the wind this week.

araina and modge podge

modge podge scarlet maple 2

We like to preserve them in a couple different ways. We waxed some, pressed some, and coated some leaves in Mod Podge .

modge podge drying leaves

Then created with some to make the perfect November glow! This was so simple. We used Mod Podge to glue pressed leaves onto a clean glass.

****Preserving leaves and a leaf lantern – First cover a side of a glass jar with Mod Podge, then place a pressed leaf (pressed for at least 36 hours) on the Mod Podge, then cover the leaf with Mod Podge. You can layer the leaves on top of each other as long as you have the Mod Podge on them. After the leaves dry I would put another coat of Mod Podge over the entire jar to seal the leaves.

leaf lantern 1

leaf lantern

Happy November!

33 Comments

  • Elana
    November 7, 2009 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this post, I want to make a pattern with these awesome leaves I found put them on a background and in a frame/glass. First thing I thought of was to mod podge them down. Do you think that would work? Should I bother pressing them first? The leaves are sort of unique, and I don’t want to screw them up with lots of failed attempts at this! Wax paper only sticks to it self, right? I want the color to be as vivid as possible for as long as possible. Any suggestions would be great! At the moment I have them pressed in a book. But I don’t know if they will loose their color like that…

  • November 3, 2009 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Your leaves are so beautiful!

  • Nancy Johnson
    November 3, 2009 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Hello,
    I just love the autumn lantern. Would you please be willing to give me the steps in creating it?

    Thank you,
    Nancy Johnson

    • November 3, 2009 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Nancy! First cover a side of a glass jar with Mod podge, then place a pressed leaf (pressed for at least 36 hours) on the Mod Podge, then cover the leaf with Mod Podge. You can layer the leaves on top of each other as long as you have the Mod Podge on them. After the leaves dry I would put another coat of Mod Podge over the entire jar to seal the leaves.

  • November 3, 2009 - 2:07 pm | Permalink

    love, the lanterns and love the leaves right now. cannot believe so many people blow them away!

  • November 2, 2009 - 10:44 pm | Permalink

    beautiful lantern!
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

  • November 2, 2009 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful glowing post!

  • November 2, 2009 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow…that lantern looks beautiful!! This is so going to be a project for us this month. Thanks for sharing :)

  • November 2, 2009 - 8:49 pm | Permalink

    So very pretty. Going leaf hunting now… : )

  • Anet
    November 2, 2009 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I love how the lanterns glow… beautiful!

  • November 2, 2009 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Love this idea. V. easy, too! Can’t wait to try it with my kids. Thanks!

  • November 2, 2009 - 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I love the simplicity of the project, and the warmth of the result! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kat
    November 2, 2009 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    I am clearly adopted! you, the girls, and beans are so darn cute and talented. I am very proud of my adopted family! lots of hugs, your less creative and not-so-stylish middle sister

    • November 2, 2009 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

      Katrina, my sweet sister, you know that you are talented! Oh, so humble! ;)

  • November 2, 2009 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the leaf preserving tips. Which do you think works better for preserving color? Beth

    • November 2, 2009 - 10:04 am | Permalink

      I like the waxed leaves the best. They smell so good and have a soft color. I’m not loving the Mod Podge smell and they don’t look as natural. That’s just coming from a purist’s perspective.

  • Robin
    November 2, 2009 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    Rainy still looks like she is not feeling too well :( I love the little lanterns. Fauan looks so pretty holding one.

    Bobbi will not stop playing with the little orange woolen ball. He feel asleep hugging it this morning.

  • November 2, 2009 - 7:15 am | Permalink

    Happy November indeed!

  • November 2, 2009 - 7:14 am | Permalink

    I think the leaf lanterns are just so beautiful on a dinner table or anywhere really….. have you ever tried dipping the whole leaf into melted wax? I think I
    may try that. Great autumn projects Lisa!

    • November 2, 2009 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Tara, melted wax is my favorite way to preserve the leaves. Such a soft color.

  • November 2, 2009 - 4:53 am | Permalink

    Beautiful lanterns, you are all so creative :)

  • November 2, 2009 - 1:48 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! We tried Mod Podge with leaves last year and they didn’t stay…we’ll try pressing them and see if that helps. :)

  • November 1, 2009 - 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos and project! thank you for sharing :)

  • November 1, 2009 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a cozy weekend! I love glow of your leaf lanterns!

  • November 1, 2009 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Never thought to coat leaves in Mod Podge. Will definitely try this. The lanterns are precious, too. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • November 1, 2009 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Your pictures are so fantastic! Thanks for another beautiful project for Autumn leaves. You rock! xxoo

  • November 1, 2009 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

    I am doing this tomorrow! They turned out just great! You should write a book with all of your wonderful nature ideas!!!! I’d be the first in line!
    Hope all is well!
    Lisa

  • November 1, 2009 - 9:38 pm | Permalink

    You always have the best nature craft ideas! The lantern is beautiful!

  • November 1, 2009 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I love the lantern! I’ve never tried the Mod Podge, but might have to start.

    Thanks!
    Ivy

  • November 1, 2009 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    What great craft ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with throughout November. As the days get cooler, we will definitely be looking for more to do indoors.

  • November 1, 2009 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Last year we made lanterns like that with colored tissue paper, but the leaves are a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

    :) Lisa

  • November 1, 2009 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    i think that lantern is wonderful…i think i may make some of those. happy november…i can’t believe it is here already:)

  • November 1, 2009 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    The first time I read that I thought it said you made lasagna with leaves! Ha, ha. Great lanterns by the way, just lovely.

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