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Leaf-Covered Candles

Capture the brilliance of the fall season with these tabletop decorations. Lemon, mountain laurel, and rhododendron leaves work well for this project.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2006


Before you begin, learn the basics of candle-making. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of leaf crafts and our best candle crafts.


  • Beeswax

  • Double boiler

  • Foam brush

  • Crayons (optional)

  • Stirring stick

  • Fallen leaves


  1. Melt 4 to 6 ounces of beeswax in a double boiler. (Optional: If you'd like, tint the wax: Add 1/4-inch pieces of crayon until you achieve desired shade.) Note ratios so you can make more if needed. With a foam brush, spread a few thin layers of wax on the back of a leaf.

    leaf-covered candles how-to
  2. Press coated side of the leaf firmly onto a pillar candle. Working quickly but carefully, peel back the leaf, leaving a wax impression.

    leaf-covered candles how-to

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