Stained-Glass Leaves

Today all of the bloggers on Modern Alternative Mama are kicking off the…

Every Monday during the month of November, we will all be linking up to share fun holiday projects. This week features natural and/or safe decorating.

Stained-Glass Leaves



This is a project that I came up with last year and it was a big hit! I wanted to display all of the beautiful leaves my daughter and I had collected without having them deteriorate and fade before the Thanksgiving. It worked so well, in fact, that the pictures you see are of last year’s leaves… and I just took them! The colors are still vibrant and festive with no signs of deterioration.The only thing to buy is some clear contact paper.


Here’s how to do it…

  1. Gather as many shapes and colors of leaves as you can find, making sure that they are still supple enough to press without them crumbling.
  2. Put a layer of paper towels on a flat surface (someplace out of the way, since they will be there for several days!) and spread out the leaves.
  3. Cover them with another layer of paper towels and flatten them with books or magazines.
  4. After two or three days, check to see if they are dry (you really don’t want any moisture, so err on the side of caution).
  5. Once they are dry, decide which method you want to use. You can either cut the contact paper to fit a window pane, or you can cut out each leaf individually. (I alternated individual leaves with panels)
  6. If you will be doing “panes” instead of individual leaves, cut two pieces of contact paper to size.
  7. Peel the backing off of one piece of contact paper and arrange leaves (if you will be cutting them out, be sure to leave at least an inch between leaves!)
  8. Peel the backing off of the second piece and, starting at one corner, slowly smooth it over the leaves. Be sure to match up the edges and smooth out any bubbles.
  9. Cut out any leaves and apply them to the window using double-stick tape.

As you can see from last year’s leaves, these are something you can keep around for awhile. We plan to save our favorite ones each year and add to the collection!

For more holiday decorating fun, visit the links below to the other Modern Alternative Mama contributing writers!

Stacy Makes Cents: Natural and Safe Decorating Tips for the Decorating Klutz

Modern Alternative Mama: Thanksgiving Crafts

The Humbled Homemaker: Decorating With Nativity Sets From Around the World

Day 2 Day Joys: Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

ย Christian Mommy Blogger: My Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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8 thoughts on “Stained-Glass Leaves

  1. Justyn, those are GREAT!!!!!! What a fabulous idea! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also thought when looking at them laying down that putting them on a piece of pretty paper with the contact paper would make lovely placemats. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Stacy! I actually got the idea to do these while we were making a table runner using dried leaves, linen and iron-on clear vinyl. We’re going to use that method sometime to make placemats. ๐Ÿ™‚

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