Autumn has officially arrived, heralding crisp air, shorter days, and burnished fall foliage. With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner, you might be in the mood to transform your home into a cozy cornucopia of gourds and harvest wreathes. If you’re wondering where to start, consider easing into the seasonal decor with some simple DIY accents in an autumnal theme.
Internet crafter Maymay has shared a wonderful DIY tutorial on her YouTube channel, Maymay Made It Crafts, that will teach you how to create some simple yet charming leafy mason jar candle holders. Making these jars is a cinch, but the finished product is polished and so pretty that people will be asking where you got them–plus, the leaf pattern makes them the perfect home accent to welcome fall!
This tutorial is particularly nice because Maymay simplifies the project so that you can make these mason jars even if you don’t have advanced crafting supplies on hand. Using a die cutting machine and crafting vinyl like Cricut will certainly expedite the process if those things are available to you, but in the video Maymay does it all with scissors and paper, so it’s very approachable.
If you want to craft along with the video, here’s what you’ll need before you hit play: some glass jars, a printed leaf template you’ll use to create a stencil, adhesive, acrylic paint, a foam paint brush, an X-Acto knife, scissors, a pack of battery-operated tea lights, a bag of popcorn kernels, and some decorative trim (Maymay uses wooden tags, twine, and metal stars on wire). The video talks you through the different kinds of materials you can use (smooth jars versus a mason jar with a raised logo; contact paper versus tacky glue) and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
The process of assembling the candle holders is straightforward. You’ll be making sticky stencils from your leaf template, adhering them to the glass, painting the jars, and then removing the stencils, leaving behind a clear leaf silhouette on each jar. Trims are added for a finishing touch, and then the jars are filled with popcorn and the candles are nestled inside. Maymay explains each step as she’s executing it and gives plenty of tips about things like paint stroke direction that will help you troubleshoot any issues you might have while working.
Maymay’s finished jars are rustic and homey little fall-hued lanterns with warm candlelight peeking out through leaf-shaped windows. With such easy-to-follow instructions, yours are sure to be just as nice. Best of all, these can be customized. Maymay uses a single maple leaf for each jar, but you can choose different leaf shapes like mulberry or oak if you prefer, and may put multiple leaves on one jar. You can also vary the paint choices; Maymay’s jars are done in a chalky finish, but glass-friendly acrylic paints also come in metallic shades, which would be equally lovely and seasonally appropriate. And when it comes to trim, your imagination is the limit!