Using Pressed Leaves to Decorate Candles

This is a super easy craft project that you do in two parts; Firstly 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.

Simply 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 nice and 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 - they are perfect for this; 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.

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. We filled a cup full of boiling water for each of us, and dropped a couple of spoons into each. We positioned our leaves, and covered them with a piece of grease-proof paper. We then simply applied the back of our hot spoons to the leaf 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.

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 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.

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Learn how to decorate candles with pressed leaves, a lovely fall craft to do with the kids

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  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    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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    October 17, 2015 at 6:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      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!

      October 18, 2015 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Mary-In the boondocks

    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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    October 15, 2015 at 10:28 am
    • Reply Sarah

      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!

      October 15, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Sarah

    These are gorgeous, great ideas. Sarah #Trash2Treasure

    October 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm
    • Reply Sarah

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

      October 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah Doyle - let them be small

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

    October 5, 2015 at 6:47 am
    • Reply Sarah

      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 🙂

      October 5, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Chloe

    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

    October 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      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

      October 5, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    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

    October 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      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

      October 2, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Mummyandmonkeys

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

    September 30, 2015 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      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 🙂

      September 30, 2015 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    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.

    September 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah

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

      September 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Claire at Tin Box Traveller

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

    September 26, 2015 at 5:26 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for popping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

      September 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns

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

    September 26, 2015 at 4:21 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Its a lovely simple project – Thanks for visiting us 🙂

      September 26, 2015 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Sara | mumturnedmom

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

    September 23, 2015 at 11:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Would make a really great gift 🙂

      September 24, 2015 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Jenny

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

    September 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Yes it is a great way to use them up 🙂

      September 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

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

    September 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah

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

      September 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

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

    September 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for having us om #LetKidsbeKids 🙂

      September 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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