Make Fall Leaf Decoupage Lanterns and Vases
In this science activity, kids explore leaves and make a pretty lantern.
- Leaves - 5-10 of this item per student
- Recycled glass jar - 1 of this item per student
- Spray adhesive - 1 of this item per class
- Mod Podge - 1 of this item per class
- Paint brush - 1 of this item per student
- Tea candle (optional) - 1 of this item per student
- Ribbon or string (optional)
Go for a nature walk and collect lots of pretty leaves. Make sure to collect some that are the right size to fit on your jar.
When you are finished collecting, examine all of your leaves together. Use a magnifying glass if you have one. How are the leaves the same? How are they different? Download and print this leaf picture diagram to use in identifying the parts of the leaves.
Be sure your recycled glass jar is clean inside and out. Spray the jar with spray adhesive; you can do the whole jar at once or spot by spot as you add the leaves.
Lay your leaves flat against the jar in a cool pattern.
When you are finished, paint the leaves and the entire jar with Mod Podge; this will hold the leaves down and help any overspray from the adhesive blend in. Set aside to dry.
When dry, consider decorating the mouth of the jar with string or ribbon. Add a tea candle to make a lantern, or use as a vase for pretty flowers!