Decorative autumn vases are easy and fun to make. Use them to show off brilliant berries or fall leaves. Save the vases year after year.
- Choose a glass jar with semi-straight sides and a wide mouth.
- Collect an assortment of fall leaves; flat leaves work best.
- Purchase liquid laundry starch, tissue paper and a paint brush.
- Coat the outside of the glass jar with an ample amount of liquid laundry starch.
- Press tissue paper to the surface of the jar. Wrinkles in the tissue give the vase character.
- Add another coat of laundry starch over the tissue paper.
- Press fall leaves onto the tissue. Use more starch to hold the leaves in place if you need to.
- Cover the leaf layer with another layer of tissue paper.
- Finish with a coating of starch to hold everything in place.
- Let the jar dry in a well-ventilated area.
- Spray with a light coating of hair spray once the vase is dry.
- Display fresh or dried flowers in your fall vase.
Leaves that work well are ginkgo, maple, pistache and fern.
Try to keep the vase dry on the outside if you are using it to display fresh flowers. If it does get wet, allow it to air dry.
Use yellow or orange tissue paper to enhance the autumn look.