A DIY Fall Leaf Candle Holder made from artificial leaves with a flameless candle, twinkle lights, and mini leaves inside.
I’m obsessed with the colors of these leaves and I’m so ready for cooler weather so that outside can match my fall spirit.
I honestly wasn’t sure if this was going to work.
DIY leaf bowls have been around forever, so I figured, how hard could it be?
And while it really was easy to create, I simply struggled to believe that it would work for me.
The more leaves I layered on top, the slippery they were, and a few wanted to slide off.
So after a mini-trial and error, I decided to do it in stages with different layers (details in instructions below) which worked perfectly!
I thought it would be fun to pop the balloon, but then decided against this as that could cause the vase/bowl to collapse since it’s glued to the balloon.
Letting the air out slowly allowed me to carefully pull the leaves off of the balloon as it deflated.
I had planned to put a single candle inside, but once it was finished I decided to add some twinkle lights and tiny leaves around the flameless candle.***
What’s your favorite fall leaf color?
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1. First, blow up a balloon and place 7-10 glue dots on the top rim of the mini bowl.
2. Place the knotted part of the balloon down into the center of the mini bowl. The glue dots should help the balloon stay in place.
3. Brush the Mod Podge on top of the balloon in a thick layer and place an artificial leaf on top.
4. Add Mod Podge on top of the first leaf and place a second leaf partly on the first leaf and partly on the balloon.
5. Continue adding more Mod Podge and glue around the top and sides of the balloon. Don’t worry if there are some holes where you can see the balloon, this is just the first layer.
6. Once you have the shape and size of the bowl you want, let dry thoroughly. The time it will take to dry depends on how thickly you brush the glue.
7. Once the Mod Podge has thoroughly dried, brush more Mod Podge onto individual leaves and place them in holes where you can see the balloon.
I also added extra leaves on top (what became the base of the bowl) so that it was heavier on the base. While I kept the leaves on the sides more minimal so that they wouldn’t cave into the center.
8. Let dry.
9. Then add a final coat of Mod Podge over all of the leaves. Let dry thoroughly.
10. Carefully remove the balloon from the small bowl.
11. Pull the neck of the balloon away from the base of the balloon, pinching the neck and cutting off the air from the neck. Cut a tiny hole in the neck so that the air slowly escapes from the balloon.
12. As the balloon slowly deflates, carefully pull the edges of the bowl (the leaves) off of the balloon.
13. Remove the balloon and cut off any excess glue.
14. Add a flameless candle***, fairy lights, and extra mini leaves to the center of the bowl.
Enjoy your new DIY Fall Leaf Candle Holder!
***Note: it is not safe to use a real candle. Only use flameless candles in your leaf bowl.
***More Notes & Tips Below
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- Be sure to use leaves that don’t have a raised stem/vein/rib, as this will make it harder to glue the leaves together.
- I have not tried this with real leaves, I am not sure of the results or if you would need to partly (or fully) dry the leaves first.
- It’s important to add the leaves in stages, rather than all at once, because the heaviness of the glue and leaves will cause the leaves to slip off the balloon. The more leaves on the balloon with thick slippery glue the more likely it is for them to slide off. So adding the leaves in thin layers, slowly, and letting them dry thoroughly in between layers can be helpful.
- The leaves aren’t meant to stick to the balloon, if it did you wouldn’t be able to remove the balloon from the finished product at the end.
- Be gentle when applying the leaves so as not to pop the balloon and splatter glue everywhere. This happened to me on my first attempt. 😂
- As the glue begins to thicken/harden on the first layer, you can also adjust the leaves on the balloon as they won’t be as slippery at that point.
- Although this is a relatively easy craft in regards to materials and steps, it does have some tricky spots when it comes to keeping the leaves from falling off the balloon. Just keep sticking them back on if any slip off. Play some fun music or put on a movie and have fun with it.
I hope you have fun wrapping your presents with this DIY Fall Leaf Candle Holder!
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With love, Giusti
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
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