Fall Crafts, Thanksgiving Crafts

Leaf Tree Luminaries

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Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving a little over a week away, I thought this would be a good time to share these beautiful Leaf Tree Luminaries.  These would look great on a mantel, shelf, or as part of your Thanksgiving Centerpiece.

With a few supplies from the dollar store and some supplies you may already have at home, you can create these fun little Leaf Tree Luminaries.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Supplies Used:

Wax Paper
Leaf Garland from Dollar Store
Modge Podge
Paint Brush
Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Wooden Beads
Raffia
Wine Glass
Battery Operated Tea Lights

 

Cut leaves from the garland. Strip off the plastic leaf veins. They pull off pretty easily.

 

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

I pulled off all the plastic veins.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Tear off a sheet of wax paper approximately 8×10  and lay on a protected surface.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Coat the wax paper with Modge Podge.
I worked in sections.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Attach leaves in sections as well.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Continue to fill the sheet.  Over lap the leaves but leave some space in between to let the light shine through.

When the sheet is covered, use a small amount of glue on your paint brush and where the leaves overlap, apply a little glue to the underside of the leaf and attach to the leaf below.

It is okay if the leaves don’t lay flat – we’ll fix that.

Tear off another sheet of wax paper to lay on top and cover with books to weigh it down.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!
Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

After a couple hours, remove the books and the top layer of wax paper.  The leaves should be flat now.

Removing the wax paper on top allows it to finish drying.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

It will take several hours to dry depending on how much glue you used.  I let mine dry overnight.

After it is fully dry, you can roll and cut into a cone shape.  Using hot glue, I glued the edges. Trim the bottom of the cone so that it is even and will sit upright in a cone shape.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!
Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

Grab a couple of wine glasses and fill them with little battery operated tea lights.
You could also use a strand of battery operated lights stuffed into the wine glass.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

To Finish the tops of the cones.  I hot glued a wooden bead and tied a raffia ribbon bow.

Set the Leaf Tree Cone over the wine glass.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

In low light, they have a lovely glow.

Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!
Easy to make with Dollar Store fall leaves, wine glasses, wax paper and Mod Podge! Illuminate with battery operated tea lights. They make a beautiful display for Fall and Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

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45 Comment

  1. Winnie
    November 17, 2015 at 9:20 am

    These are absolutely BEAUTIFUL !!!
    Creative, colorful and unique 🙂

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you so much Winnie! This is one of those projects that just kind of happened. Sometimes those are the most fun 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  2. Maarit A
    November 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful, beautiful,.. Thank you for this <3

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you Maarit! Welcome! Hope you have a chance to make some for yourself. They are so easy to make 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. The Seana Method
    November 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Wow – these are really pretty. What a nice touch for the Thanksgiving table. They look really expensive:)

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you Seana! Funny how sometimes a few simple items can come together to make something so beautiful 🙂 Hope you have an amazing week!

  4. Unknown
    November 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Nice! Save the "branches" for a winter themed decoration later.

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks! That is a great idea! Appreciate your comment!

  5. Bharati S
    November 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Beautiful 🙂 Love these Laurie.

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you Bharati! These were fun to put together 🙂 Have a great week!

  6. Beverly Roderick
    November 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    These are so creative, Laurie! I love them. What a pretty fall display!

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Beverly! I seem to be in 'tree' mode these days. lol Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  7. Melanie Redd
    November 18, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Laurie,

    Good morning! I was "parked" near you on Party in Your PJ's today.

    I love this idea! How cute!

    I hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

    1. Laurie
      November 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much Melanie 🙂 Appreciate you taking the time to pay me a visit today and leave me a comment. Wishing you a blessed day as well.

  8. Julie's Lifestyle
    November 18, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Laurie, wow that is the cutest idea and they look so pretty! TFS this.
    Enjoy the week and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Julie

    1. Laurie
      November 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you Julie! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

  9. Alicia@eco Friendly Homemaking
    November 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Oh my goodness these are so adorable!!

    1. Laurie
      November 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you Alicia! Appreciate the visit!

  10. Rose Arbor
    November 19, 2015 at 1:35 am

    You are so talented! Did you inherit that from your mother?

    1. Laurie
      November 19, 2015 at 2:03 am

      There is no doubt that I did 🙂 Thanks for the visit Rose Arbor!

  11. Katherines Corner
    November 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

    These are sooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    1. Laurie
      November 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      How fun! Thanks so much Katherine!

  12. Heart
    November 20, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I love it, Laurie! No doubt that this will lighten my home. I love making DIY decors especially those that are just easy to make. Thumbs up!

    1. Laurie
      November 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you Heart! Hope you have fun making some of these for yourself 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. Karren Haller
    November 21, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    What a cute creation, simply beautiful and thank you for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week and the mention as well, I appreciate your visit!!
    Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Karren

    1. Laurie
      November 22, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Thank you Karren! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  14. Julie's Lifestyle
    November 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks Laurie for sharing this cute craft at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Have a nice Thanksgiving.
    Julie

    1. Laurie
      November 24, 2015 at 4:33 am

      Thanks Julie! Love sharing with you ladies!

  15. Made In a Day
    November 24, 2015 at 1:49 am

    So cute I love these little trees! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on G+! Have a great week!
    Kim

    1. Laurie
      November 24, 2015 at 4:33 am

      Thanks Kim and I appreciate the share! Hope you have a great week too!

  16. Jess
    November 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    This is such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Laurie
      November 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Jess, love linking up with you ladies 🙂

  17. Sherry Nappa
    November 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    These are so creative…and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Laurie
      November 28, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Thanks Sherry! I always enjoy sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  18. Debbie-Dabble
    August 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    How adorable are these!! Love this idea!! Thanks for stopping by!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    1. My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
      August 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you Debbie! They were fun to make for something a little different. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

      1. Cherie L. Arnold
        November 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        does anyone know if we are supposed to peel off the bottom sheet of wax paper after the leaves are completely dry.?

  19. Grandma's House DIY
    September 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    These are great! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House we go link party! Pinned!

    1. Laurie
      September 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks so much for hosting and for the pin!

  20. PATRICIA
    September 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    love your leaf luninaries what side of wax paper do you put glue or modpodge on and then the last piece of wax paper ya put on top does that go shiny side up oe dull side thanks this is a great idea love it

    1. Laurie
      October 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Patricia, The wax paper that I laid on top was just to protect my books from getting glue on them. I don’t think I cared which side was up or down, but I suspect I laid the shiny side down. Hope that helps! Hope you have fun making some for yourself 🙂

  21. Cherie L. Arnold
    November 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    not sure my last question was posted. Need to know if the bottom sheet of wax paper is removed

    1. Laurie
      November 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Hi Cherie,
      I left the bottom sheet of wax paper attached. It is what helped to make and keep the cone shape. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Laurie

  22. Cherie L. Arnold
    November 16, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I have finished modpodging my leaves onto wax paper and drying them. Now I am not sure if I remove the bottom sheet of wax paper as well before I make my cone. Could someone please help me?

    1. Laurie
      November 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Cherie, I hope you received my e-mail with the answer to your question. If you check this page, I also answered your question above in your last comment. Have a wonderful Holiday!
      Laurie

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