Loving this Fall Mason Jar Craft with the freshly falling leaves, the glow of Autumn and pumpkin spice is in the air! Bring on easy Fall crafts to decorate the home and table for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Recycle the leaves from the lawn and put them to good use in this mason jar craft!
After being given a stash of mason jars by a friend I am bringing out the modge podge, gathering the leaves from the yard (and there are no shortage of fresh leaves!) and making a few Fall mason jar decorations to liven up the short days and long chilly nights in the midwest.
How to Make Fall Mason Jar Craft
Mason Jars (any size works, I used a variety as my mason jars were seconds) 16 oz mason jar is a size
Tissue Paper, Fall colors
Foam brush or old paint brush
Artificial leaves or real leaves
Fall Mason Jar Craft With Leaves
Whole leaves are used for this Fall Mason Jar. Either from the lawn or artificial leaves can be used easily. The advantage of using artificial leaves is the time factor. Real leaves have a shelf life and must be used promptly for obvious reasons!
Falling Leaves Mason Jar
The falling leaves mason jar is made from leaves broken apart and randomly placed on the mason jar. If little ones are crafting with you tearing apart the leaves is a fun activity for the littles.
Autumn Striped Mason Jar
For this version of the Fall mason jar I chose tissue paper in Fall colors and striped the mason jar alternating the colors. Perfect for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Illuminated Fall Mason Jar
Add a warm glow to your home by illuminating the mason jars with fairy lights or a flameless candle. Each are battery operated which is so convenient not to mention the safety factor.
Fairy lights always add a nice touch to a mason jar and now there are mason jar fairy lights made especially for mason jars as the battery pack is small and unobtrusive. There are even solar powered mason jar lights!
The glow of the mason jar will slightly differ depending upon the type of light chosen. For a soft warm glow I use the flameless tea lights.
How To Modge Podge A Mason Jar
So easy! A little gooey and just darn fun! The first mason jar I made was a Mason Jar Turkey. Follow the modge podge directions in the Mason Jar Turkey craft. Modge podging a mason jar may look like there are alot of steps, but the basic method applies.
Paint a section of the mason jar with modge podge, place the strip of paper on the mason jar over the same area, apply modge podge on top of the paper.
- Measure the length of the mason jar from the bottom of the jar to the bottom of the rim at the top of the jar.
- This is the length of each strip of white tissue paper.
- The width of each piece of tissue paper is 1 inch.
- Cut approximately 10 – 12 strips of tissue paper so that there will be extras.
- Trace the bottom of the mason jar on tissue paper to form the circle for the bottom of the mason jar. This circle will be slightly bigger than needed. This will be the modge podge base for the bottom of the mason jar.
- Trim the tissue paper circle to fit inside the bottom of the mason jar.
- Using the brush or foam brush, paint a layer of modge podge on the bottom of the mason jar. I purchase foam brushes at the dollar store or the value pack with a variety of sizes.
- Press the circle of tissue paper onto the bottom of the mason jar.
- Paint a layer of modge podge on top of the circle of tissue paper. The strips of tissue paper from the body will be glued to the bottom of the mason jar with the circle.
- The mason jar will now be covered with the strips of tissue paper by working in sections. For these Fall mason jars I used white, orange and yellow.
- The order is as follows:
- Paint a layer of modge podge onto the mason jar top to bottom and wider than 1 inch.
- Gently lay the first tissue paper strip starting at the top of the mason jar. Place the straight edge of the top of the tissue strip under the top rim.
- Press the tissue strip onto the mason jar and fold under the bottom of the mason jar and press.
- Brush another layer of modge podge on top of the tissue paper strip.
- Repeat for as many times necessary to cover the entire jar by placing the strips side by side and lining up the side edges. A small overlap of each strip is fine.
- If the bottom of the mason jar dries, lightly apply another layer of modge podge until the body of the mason jar is finished.
Repeat the modge podge steps around the entire mason jar. Depending upon the width of the paper strips, the last strip may need to be trimmed so evenly lay the strips side by side.
What If I Make A Mistake Or Don’t Like The Mason Jar?
This is the BEST thing about modge podge. If the finished mason jar is not to your liking then simply peel off the entire modge podge covering. Just like peeling off nail polish the entire covering of the mason jar will peel off and the mason jar can be reused. How easy is that!
More Fall Crafts
Mason Jar Turkey Craft
Modge Podge Pumpkins