What you need:
Dried, pressed fall leaves, regular Mod Podge, a jar and a brush.
1. Gather and dry beautiful, colorful fall leaves. Drying should take only about two weeks.
When going out to gather leaves, keep a few newspapers in the back of the car. Wherever you go to find your fall leaves, place them between the sheets of the newspaper. Place another group of papers on top to provide just enough weight to flatten the leaves gently and prevent them from curling.
When you get home, carefully move your stack of papers to an area where they will be undisturbed for a couple weeks. We recommend that you place the newspaper with the leaves under some heavy books for better pressing as they dry.
Use ONLY dried, pressed leaves that have NOT been previously coated with Mod Podge when you make this candle jar.
2. Spread Mod Podge all over the sides of the jar. Do not apply Mod Podge to the bottom or the grooved lid area. You can use a foam brush but a regular brush is recommended for large areas like this.
3. Next, place your dry leaf right onto the Mod Podge and press into place. Brush over the leaf with more Mod Podge.
4. Continue adding leaves and Mod Podge until your jar is covered with leaves. Overlap a few for a more interesting design, but be aware that overlap areas do reduce the light that can pass through. Lighter colored leaves work best for this project. Use the darker leaves as accents.
5. Once you have finished placing your leaves around the jar surface, use the flat end of your brush to create a stippled pattern in the Mod Podge areas NOT covered by leaves. This step will create a more pleasing pattern than will brush strokes when light shines through these “open” areas on the jar.
6. Let the candle dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat of Mod Podge, again “stippling” the open areas.
7. Let the jar dry several hours or overnight. Finish by applying a coat of acrylic spray. When dry, pop a tea light in the bottom and you are done!
An arrangement of several of these, in different sizes, make a beautiful table setting.
a special thank you to http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/102 for sharing these instructions and photos.