If you really want to be a crafter, you must decoupage darling.
Just kidding. Until recently, I didn’t even know what that meant and I certainly didn’t know how to pronounce it. (I now believe it is dey-koo-pahge) But I stumbled upon some really gorgeous DIY projects which include this art. I didn’t want to dive right in and screw up the bigger projects, so I thought I’d start with a simple exercise. Turns out, I’m not a natural decoupage-er.
But this lantern is still pretty cute and would look fabulous on a Thanksgiving table.
Decoupage Glue (like rubber cement, but won’t wrinkle. Martha Stewart or Mod Podge)
Leaves (sorry folks in CT & MA who don’t have any trees left, let alone leaves)
Jar (I used a old tomato sauce jar that was way past it’s expiration)
1. Find leaves you would like to use and leave them under a heavy book to press them for a day or two. (use wax paper to protect the leaves)
2. Trim stems off of leaves. (i didn’t trim mine enough)
3. Cover a side of glass jar with the decoupage glue, then cover the leaf with glue.
4. Leaves can be layered on top of each as long as you have glue on each of them.
5. After the leaves dry, add 1 more layer of glue over the entire jar to seal the leaves.
6. Drop a candle inside.
Inspired by: www.5orangepotatoes.com