DIY Leaf Candle Holder

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Looking for a perfect DIY candle holder? Make this DIY all by yourself and have with it. This candle holder is also a great décor piece.

leaf candle holder

Fall décor is sweeping the internet once again, and I, for one, couldn’t be more on board. This season has such a unique quality, offering beautiful colors and a sense of inevitable change.

two diy leaf candle holders

So, it makes total sense to use those changing leaves indoors as well. That’s where these DIY leaf jars come in.

These jars have a lovely, natural feel to them. You can practically hear the leaves rustling.

display of fall leaf candle holders

Adorn your nightstand with autumnal beauties or use them to bring the fall breeze into your kitchen. Thanks to their natural components, these are cheap to make, so you can crank them out at will!

This is a great DIY project for teenagers.

Follow along with the easy steps to create this delightful decoration. Let’s get started!

diy leaf candle holder

Supplies You’ll Need

  • A jar
  • Leaves (real, plastic, textile) – ideally, the leaves should be flat, flexible, and easy to mold. Leaves that are too dry might be too stiff or crumble apart. If you use faux leaves, remove plastic veins.
  • Mod podge ( or other glue)
  • Decorative ribbon, strings, tags, beads, dry flowers (for decoration)
leaves and craft supplies

How to Make This Candle Holder

Here is how to make the candle holder from scratch step by step.

Step 1

The leaves you use can be plastic, textile, or even plucked from your own backyard. The key is to make sure they’re flat and not too dry, as you need them to be moldable.

Pro tip: If you use faux leaves, remove the plastic veins to make sure they lie flat and smooth.

cutting stems from leaves

Step 2

Let’s start by preparing the leaves. You can use whole leaves or cut them into a jumble of pieces. Just make sure to cut off the hardtails first.

Try to use a bunch of different colors for some additional interest.

adding glue to leaves

Step 3

Ensure the outside of your jar is clean, dry, and not greasy before you start gluing. You can use Mod Podge as your adhesive or (like me) any glue that holds well and dries transparent.

If the jar has grease on the outside, the glue won’t hold as well, causing the leaves to crumble and fall off with time.

glueing leaf to jar

Step 4

Apply a thin layer of your chosen glue to a leaf’s back (you can even use a brush to spread it more delicately).

glueing leaves

Press the leaf to the jar and mold it to the curve, holding it in place until the glue has partially dried. Overlap the leaves to create a more textured effect.

If you’re using a lid on the jar, you can stop here and enjoy your new autumnal decoration. If not, keep following along for some more tips.

attaching leaves to candle holder

Step 5

The glass thread around the jar’s top can be easily hidden with some colored jute twine. Not to mention, the natural texture contributes to the overall rustic vibe.

wrapping green twine around jar

Step 6

Here’s where the additional decorations come in. From decorative ribbons to brown paper tags, beads, or even dried flowers, this is where you can make these jars your own.

I chose to use some adorable miniature glass berries to add to that fall theme.

wrapping red berries in twine

Simply string it on some jute twine, tie it around the top of your jar, and voila! You have an accent piece. I did the same thing with a slice of dried clementine (it adds a lovely smell).

cutting end of twine
stringing dried fruit slice onto twine

Step 7 (Optional)

To seal it, you can spray the jar with a clear varnish. Alternately, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire thing and wait several hours for it to dry clear.

I didn’t do that, because I love the simple, natural look, but it’s up to you.

holding completed candle holders

Where You Can Use DIY Leaf Candle Holders

I’m a massive fan of these jars, not the least because you can use them for anything! Gifting a fall-lover something this season? Package it up in one of these jars and use a brown tag for their name.

Alternately, use these jars to hold your coffee, tea, and sugar as they sit on your kitchen counter. They also make lovely candle holders, but make sure you’re using battery-powered candles for safety.

Centerpieces, nightstand décor, toothbrush jars, and pantry storage; you can use these jars for anything under the sun.

finished diy leaf candle holders

Other Decorations You Can Use

I used leaves, jute twine, some fake berries, and a dried clementine for my jar, but there are so many other decoration options out there.

close up of candle holder

Here are some decoration ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Wrap your jars in fake moss at the base to create some lovely candle holders.
  • Take washi tape and give it new life by using it to pattern the jars.
  • Got some old lace hanging around? Spray glue them to the jars for a vintage take on fall décor.
  • Use cinnamon sticks and twine to create a votive candle jar that looks and smells fantastic.
fall display with candle holders

Other DIY Decorations

holding completed candle holder
leaf candle holder
diy leaf candle holder

DIY Leaf Candle Holder

By Karo @
Easy, fun to make – these DIY candle holders are a perfect craft for teens and adults. It’s a nice DIY decoration
for your home.
Active Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 candle holder


  • Mod podge (or other glue)
  • Brush (optional)


  • A jar
  • Leaves real, plastic, textile
  • Decorative ribbon string, tags, beads, dry flowers
  • Clear spray varnish


  • Begin by gathering all your supplies.
  • Make sure your jar is clean and dry, with no grease or fingerprints on the outside. Rubbing alcohol works well to get it really clean.
  • Prepare your leaves by cutting off the hardtails. You can also chop them into exciting pieces if you like. (If you’re using faux leaves, make sure to remove the plastic veins).
  • Spread a thin layer of your chosen adhesive on the back of each leaf, then mold to the curve of the jar. Let dry.
  • Layer leaves on as you like. You’re shooting for a natural texture here.
  • If you like, add more decorations. Try wrapping some twine around the jar’s top, or tie some dried fruit to the rim for a little interest.
  • For extra durability, spray the finished jar with clear varnish to protect the leaves from moisture in the air (optional).
  • You're done! Place these throughout your home and enjoy the feeling of fall now adorning your house.

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