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The Little Things: Making Fall Leaf Lanterns

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsIt’s autumn and the streets are lined with the most beautiful leaves. They’re just too pretty not to be picked up! So for this The Little Things post, we decided to make use of what is so readily available in nature: we’re making beautiful leaf lanterns with Casper and his friend Mees.

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsLook how excited those cute three-year-old buddies are to get started!

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsFor this project, we need semi-dry leaves (just put leaves in a heavy book and leave for a few days to keep them from curling — it’s best to use paper kitchen towel sheets if you want to avoid stains on the pages of the book). It’s fun to use leaves in different shapes, colours and sizes (don’t forget to collect some tiny ones too). You also need a few clean glass jars, and decoupage glue like Décopatch or Mod Podge.

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsFirst step is to paint a layer of glue on the jars. Then, paint the leaves, stick on the jar, and paint over again.

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsIt is ok if the leaves overlap, but you can also choose to use them more individually.

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsSome leaves can be a bit stiff — cutting the petiole of the leaf can help. Also, once the glue is bit drier, you can push stubborn leaves down quite easily.

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsDone! Now we just have to wait a few hours for the paint to dry, and to get completely translucent.

<a href="http://babyccinokids.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/TLT_17.jpg"> <a href="http://babyccinokids.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/TLT_17.jpg"> The Little Things by Babyccino Kids -- fall leaf lanterns DIYIn the meantime, we took the boys out to the park for a run and to look for more leaves!

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids -- fall leaf lanterns DIY The Little Things by Babyccino Kids -- fall leaf lanterns DIY The Little Things by Babyccino Kids -- fall leaf lanterns DIYAutumn is such a pretty season. And we have been so lucky with the weather so far here in Amsterdam!

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids, making fall lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids, making fall lanterns The Little Things by Babyccino Kids, making fall lanterns
TLT_34Do you remember one of our first The Little Things shoots, where we were wrapping and unwrapping presents with Casper and Mees? They’ve grown so much! (But are still sooo little.)

The Little Things by Babyccino Kids: DIY Leaf lanternsWhat a fun little project — so easy with such pretty results. Now that the evenings are getting darker and colder, we love lighting candles in our homes to bring in warmth… And our little boys are super proud to see their creations on the table of course!

xxx Esther

PS – This is the newest post in a series which is called ‘The Little Things’. Thank you Maud Fontein for taking these beautiful photos and for letting us use your beautiful new house! Casper’s reversible vest is from Nieva, his pants are from Macarons and the shirt is from Mabo Kids.


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Comments (8)

November 24, 2015

Love this post! We’ve been collecting and coating leaves with mod podge all fall – there’s a while big pile in the center of our dinner table 😉. I like the idea of putting them on the jars too – makes a sweet little gift for play dates!


Susan M.
November 24, 2015

looks so easy. Just have to find the right glue. thanks!


Helen
November 24, 2015

Such a great idea – super easy! And such gorgeous photos of the boys!!!


Sirena
November 25, 2015

I love this! What glue do you guys use for this type of work- matte finish mod podge or glossy??? And which of the two finishes do you get the most use from? Thanks!!!


Esther in Amsterdam
November 25, 2015

This was glossy — I think glossy is the most used.


Leah Prins
November 26, 2015

I tried this out the other week but the leaves just didn’t stick properly. I guess the pva glue I used was not suitable – where can I source this mod podge in the Netherlands?


Esther in Amsterdam
November 26, 2015

Leah you can get it at Xenos!!


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Leah Prins
December 11, 2015

Oh at Xenos – brilliant thank you!


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