Festive fall leaves transform into Thanksgiving decorations

Gobble gobble! Get in the holiday mood by creating your own turkey leaf lanterns for some festive décor on your Thanksgiving table. Pick your favorite fresh leaves from outside or use vibrant silk leaves for your turkey’s feathers.


Canning or Ball jars

Real or silk leaves

Mod Podge

Foam brush

Brown construction paper or tissue paper

Orange and red construction paper

White tissue paper

Googly eyes


Tea lights or candles



Cut out all the parts for your turkey. With brown construction paper or tissue paper, cut out a larger circle for the body and a smaller circle for the head. Check to make sure body and head fit on the jar. With the orange paper, cut a small triangle for the turkey beak. With the red paper, cut out the turkey wattle.


Cut white tissue paper into 2-inch-wide strips. The length should be slightly longer than your jar.


Cover the entire outside of the jar with Mod Podge using a foam brush. Then start to apply the strips vertically from the top of the jar to wrapping them under the bottom. Apply Mod Podge on top of the tissue to adhere. Repeat with tissue paper strips until the jar is covered.


Apply Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper. Also coat the underside of the real or silk leaves with Mod Podge and stick onto the jar as the turkey’s feather. Cover with Mod Podge.


Do the same with the body and head of the turkey by coating the underside before sticking on the jar, then cover with Mod Podge.


Put on the beak and wattle and coat with Mod Podge. Cover the entire turkey and leaves with another coat. Then stick on the googly eyes to the turkey face.


Allow to dry completely. Put in a candle or tea light to illuminate your turkey lanterns or leave as they are.

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