Fall is a fun time for tween-friendly crafts. These lovely mason jar lanterns decorated with fabric leaves are easy to make, fun to look at, and they make excellent gifts for grandparents and friends!

8-oz Mason jar
Fabric fall leaves
Mod Podge (matte finish)
Sponge brush

Clean the Mason jar with soap and water to remove any dust, dirt or oil. Apply a layer of rubbing alcohol inside and out to eliminate any traces of grease (which can prohibit the Mod Podge from adhering correctly). Allow the jar to dry completely. Avoid touching the sides of the jar with your fingers, so you don’t leave oily fingerprints.

Peel the plastic veins from the fabric leaves so they can lay flat. Using the sponge brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the jar, about the size of one leaf. Wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky, then press the leaf onto the Mod Podge and hold until it sticks. Allow it to dry, then repeat this process until the outside of your jar is covered in slightly overlapping leaves. Be sure to hold down the edges of the leaves until they adhere completely to the jar.

Allow the leaves to dry thoroughly, then cover them with a generous layer of Mod Podge for sealing. Set the jar aside to dry overnight. Then set a tea light inside the jar and enjoy your beautiful lantern!