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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