How to Decorate Candles with Pressed Leaves

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

This is a super easy craft project that you do in two parts. First you collect your foliage and set it pressing. Then a couple of weeks later when your leaves are pressed, you can come back and use them in a craft project. Here we have used them to decorate some plain candles.

 

This tutorial shows you how to press autumn leaves and then easily apply them to a candle with beautiful results. Perfect craft for families.

 

How to Press Leaves.

Collect some interesting leaves whilst you are out and about – we visited a local woods to collect ours. The leaves wont stick if they are dry, so if you need to, lay them on kitchen towel to absorb any moisture. We used a telephone directory to press our leaves in. The finish of the paper allows for any moisture to be absorbed, plus as we no longer use ours, it’s a great way to make use of something that normally ends up in the recycling bin!

Set your leaves out carefully so that they are not touching each other, and leave half a dozen pages between each set of leaves. Then pile half a dozen heavy books on top of your leaf-filled directory, and forget about it for a couple of weeks!

 

This tutorial shows you how to press autumn leaves and then easily apply them to a candle with beautiful results. Perfect craft for families.

 

We left our leaves for about 3 weeks, until a rainy afternoon prompted an indoor craft project. We found that the green leaves that we had pressed stayed pretty much at their original colour, but the leaves that were showing autumn colours had continued to darken up.

How to Decorate Candles with Pressed Leaves

 

This tutorial shows you how to press autumn leaves and then easily apply them to a candle with beautiful results. Perfect craft for families.

 

To attach the leaves to the candles is a really simply process. You are aiming to soften the surface of the wax just enough to adhere the leaves to it. Using a cup full of boiling water for each of us, we dropped a couple of spoons into each.

We positioned our leaves, then covered them with a piece of grease-proof paper. Then we applied the back of our hot spoons to the leaves through the paper. We found that holding the spoon in one area for about 10 secs before moving it, was what it took to get the leaves to adhere well.

As the spoon starts to cool down, simply drop it back into the water, and use the other whilst the first reheats. Once you can no longer lift the edges of the leaf it is well stuck and you can move onto your next leaf.

 

We think this is a great way to up-cycle a plain, inexpensive candle, and would make a lovely little gift for someone. If you are looking for some more inspiration for crafting with nature. please check out our decoupage with leaves tutorial, and our simple willow wreath.

If you are looking for activities to do with kids while out on a walk, why not try bark rubbing, making a wild obstacle course of making some wild art!

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This tutorial shows you how to press autumn leaves and then easily apply them to a candle with beautiful results. Perfect craft for families.

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28 comments

Nikki Frank-Hamilton October 17, 2015 - 6:54 pm

Sarah, this is a really great project to do with the kids. First they get a fun day outside collecting what they find really pretty to press for the candles, and then they get to create a one of a kind candle with their findings. This is the perfect time of year to do this. A walk in the fall woods and they can make a gift for their teachers, or grandparents or care-givers. Really cool idea. One the kids can really take ownership and be proud of. Pinning!

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Sarah October 18, 2015 - 7:46 am

Thanks Nikki, It is a great project that anyone can do, and can easily be broken down into stages. It occurred to me that it’d look great with skeleton leaves, so we will try that out next. There are actually tutorials on pinterest to make your own skeleton leaves, which is on our ever growing list of things to try!

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Mary-In the boondocks October 15, 2015 - 10:28 am

These are so beautiful Sarah. They look so much nicer than the store bought ones. Thank you for sharing your tips on how to make them. I’m going to pin this one.

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Sarah October 15, 2015 - 11:31 am

Thank you for your kind comments Mary 🙂 They are a lovely simple craft – one of the candles is heading into school to be used as their worship candle in assembly, so the kids are delighted. Just been admiring your Chalkboard Fall Vignette on your site – its so cute, in the name of craft I will endeavour to empty a bottle or two so I can try something similar here 🙂 ps I had to google ‘boondocks’ – what a great word!

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Sarah October 5, 2015 - 6:16 pm

These are gorgeous, great ideas. Sarah #Trash2Treasure

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Sarah October 5, 2015 - 7:21 pm

My favourite is the Bracken fronds. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting 🙂

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Sarah Doyle - let them be small October 5, 2015 - 6:47 am

What a great idea – and very autumnal too! It’s a great way to get children involved in the changing seasons too!
#whatevertheweather

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Sarah October 5, 2015 - 11:23 am

It is – also think they make a great little gift. I think its really important for the kids to make their own teacher appreciation gifts, and this would be ideal. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment 🙂

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Chloe October 4, 2015 - 9:07 pm

I absolutely adore your posts! You are so creative and I’m always inspired when I visit your blog. These are beautiful and such a cute way to update your home for autumn or to use as a gift!! I can’t believe how easy this is to do. Thank you for linking this post to #whatevertheweather x

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Sarah October 5, 2015 - 11:31 am

Thank you so much Chloe 🙂 As newbie bloggers it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming trying to put ourselves out there (actually don’t think the kids feel overwhelmed lol, just me!), but the support I get from you and your linky, and all the others that I link up to, really makes me feel part of community now! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such lovely comments xxx

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Jenny Eaves October 1, 2015 - 3:39 pm

This is an excellent idea, I love new ideas to collect up and use leaves for this. It seems fairly easy but effective, I love it! We’ll definitely have to try this!
Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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Sarah October 2, 2015 - 9:15 am

The kids loved this project. I’m working hard to come up with more ideas using leaves as they are definitely collecting them quicker than we can use them lol. Thanks for having us on your fab linky #WhatevertheWeather

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Mummyandmonkeys September 30, 2015 - 7:52 pm

These are beautiful and so simple. Great idea. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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Sarah September 30, 2015 - 11:17 pm

They are lovely and simple. I’m going to try skeleton leaves next – think they’ll look great too. Thanks for having us on #PickNMix 🙂

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Coombe Mill September 28, 2015 - 7:52 pm

A great craft activity and just the right time of year to be running around catching falling leaves too. Thanks for joining country Kids and don’t forget to link to Trash 2 Treasure with this lovely tutorial too.

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Sarah September 28, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Yes it’s perfect for this time of year. Will link it up on #Trash2Treasure, thanks 🙂

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Claire at Tin Box Traveller September 26, 2015 - 5:26 pm

This is such a simple but effective idea. Thanks for sharing #countrykids

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Sarah September 26, 2015 - 10:08 pm

Thanks for popping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

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Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns September 26, 2015 - 4:21 am

Wonderful idea! Perfect for autumn. Look forward to trying this – thank you!

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Sarah September 26, 2015 - 9:47 am

Its a lovely simple project – Thanks for visiting us 🙂

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Sara | mumturnedmom September 23, 2015 - 11:48 pm

How lovely, what a great idea for a gift. Really like this 🙂 #letkidsbekids

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Sarah September 24, 2015 - 10:05 am

Would make a really great gift 🙂

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Jenny September 23, 2015 - 3:57 pm

I love this idea and it’s great for using up all the leaves my daughter keeps presenting to me 🙂 #letkidsbekids

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Sarah September 23, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Yes it is a great way to use them up 🙂

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Baby Isabella September 22, 2015 - 7:59 pm

What a lovely up-cycle idea! Perfect timing too with autumn leaves falling x #LetKidsBeKids

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Sarah September 22, 2015 - 8:23 pm

It is perfect for this time of year. Thanks for popping by 🙂

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Let kids be kids September 22, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Lovely idea and would make such a nice gift.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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Sarah September 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Thanks for having us om #LetKidsbeKids 🙂

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