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Autumn Leaf Luminarias

These luminarias are perfect for lighting the way to your front porch, on Halloween or for any fall party.




  • Fallen leaves
  • Colored paper treat bags, matte-colored SOS in Sunbrite size No. 6, and Orange size No. 4, $10.10 to $11.19 per 100, from Paper Mart
  • Acrylic paint (in colors that contrast with bags)
  • 2-ounce misting bottle (176062), $1.29, from The Container Store


  1. Step 1

    Collect fallen leaves, and arrange them on top of colored-paper treat bags.

  2. Step 2

    Put 1 teaspoon acrylic paint (choose colors that contrast with bags) in a 2- to 3-ounce misting bottle. Fill halfway with water and shake to mix. Mist bags and leaves. Let dry 20 minutes. Remove leaves. Repeat on other side. Fill bottom of each bag with sand.

  3. Step 3

    Illuminate: For safety reasons, use either glass holders that are three times as tall as candles or substitute battery-operated lights.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2008



Reviews (5)

  • NatureGeek24 14 Sep, 2010

    I did these last year. These look like brown paper bags, why not just use them and save some money? That's what I did, and I used some red and yellow spray paint I had on hand--turned out great.

    Also, try using some rubber cement to hold the leaves flat and in place. Peels off easily!

  • pbteen_lover3 19 Sep, 2009

    I made these today, with a slightly altered recipe. I didn't have any paint so I just used red food coloring. It worked fine, but I'm sure it would have been better with paint. Also, I used regular brown bags, so the red didn't show up as much. (as you can see, i just used what i had haha) they take a long time to dry, so make sure to make time for it. also, remember to weight the leaves cause they move around while you mist!

  • hugmehugs 13 Sep, 2009

    I'm assuming the hosts of this web site NEVER read the comments!

  • onfire23 6 Oct, 2008

    how many bags can you make with this recipe?

  • onfire23 6 Oct, 2008

    how many bags can you make with this recipe?