33 responses to “preserving leaves and a leaf lantern”

  1. Elana

    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…

  2. Annie

    Your leaves are so beautiful!

  3. Nancy Johnson

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

    Thank you,
    Nancy Johnson

  4. underthebigbluesky

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

  5. nicola@which name?

    beautiful lantern!

  6. renee ~ heirloom seasons

    Beautiful glowing post!

  7. Mama Rose

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

  8. kristen

    So very pretty. Going leaf hunting now… : )

  9. Anet

    I love how the lanterns glow… beautiful!

  10. Dogwood Girl

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

  11. Amanda

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

  12. Kat

    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

  13. Beth

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

  14. Robin

    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.

  15. Melissa

    Happy November indeed!

  16. tara

    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!

  17. Linda

    Beautiful lanterns, you are all so creative :)

  18. The Tan Family - Syrendell

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

  19. jeannette

    Lovely photos and project! thank you for sharing :)

  20. kyndale

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

  21. Kimara

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

  22. Carolyn (Harbor Hon)

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

  23. Lisa Crowe

    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!

  24. Lisa

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

  25. Ivy

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


  26. Wendy Hawksley

    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.

  27. Earth Mama

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


  28. pennie

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

  29. renee @ FIMBY

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