Can you tell that I’m really enjoying making Christmas Nature Crafts with my children at the moment? I can’t help it, there’s always so much inspiration in the bush and it doesn’t matter what you make, nature always makes them look beautiful.
I’ve seen leaf candle jars before and I’ve seen how beautiful hole punched leaves look but I haven’t seen someone combine the two. So, Miss Possum and I had to give it a go and the results were stunning.
What you’ll need:
- Shaped hole punches. I used a star hole punch and snowflake hole punch.
- One or two glass (or plastic) jars
- Leaves and/or paper bark
- Good quality craft glue
We started with the small jar. We hole punched stars from paper bark, which is readily available around our bush. Then Miss Possum glued them on. We used modge podge but any good quality craft glue would work.
That activity took all of ten minutes and we both loved this jar. It looks stunning in the light (you can see the lovely paper bark patterns on the star cutouts) and at night when we lit the candle, a silhouette of stars sprinkled the table.
Next came the leaf candle jar. We used the leaves that we’d hole punched as decorations too, but this time used snowflakes.
Gluing on the hole punched leaves does take a little bit more time because they need to be held until the glue is slightly dry, You could try putting a rubber band around them to keep them secure so that you didn’t need to hold them though.
We also added some of the hole punched snow flakes to the areas that were bare on the jar too and viola, another stunning leaf candle lantern.
This is such an easy activity for a child. They can take an active role in creating the beautiful nature candle jar with minimal to no help needed. I think this would make a lovely gift for someone special too.
Here are our nature candle holders in the daytime, when we weren’t using them.
And here’s our nature candles holders at night time. They turned out just beautiful!