Leaf Luminaries

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These lanterns make use of all the gorgeous colours and shapes of leaves around us, so are just perfect for Fall / Autumn. They’re made using up-cycled plastic milk jugs so they really are a fantastic way to get kids interacting with Nature and caring for the environment too.


Plastic milk jug or similar
Contact paper / sticky back plastic
No flame tea lights


For pictures and details http://kidscraftroom.com/diy-leaf-luminaries/

The body of the leaf lantern is made from a semi-transparent plastic milk jug, wash it out and cut off the top where the handle was.
Then measured out a length of contact paper big enough to wrap right around the milk jug, leaving a tiny bit extra to overlap the join.
Then peel the backing off the contact paper and the young people arranged their leaves on it facedown. To enable the contact paper to stick to the milk jug you need to get the young people to leave a little clear space around each leaf and not let them overlap.
Lastly wrap the leaf covered contact paper around the cut off milk jug and pat it down to make sure it is stuck.
Once the leaves are on the lantern you can put your flameless tea lights inside and you have a gorgeous leaf luminary. These lanterns really do look so pretty with lights glowing inside them and they’re a great way for young people to enjoy the natural colours, shapes, and beauty of the leaves.

You can link this to diwali, recycling, nature.


  • Diwali
  • faith
  • lanterns
  • leaves
  • Nature art
  • recycle
  • recycle milk cartons

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