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

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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