DIY Fall Mason Jar Candle Holders

When autumn begins and the leaves start turning orange and yellow, we can’t help but get excited for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and relaxing at home with these pretty mason jar candles.

Mason jars are the perfect size, shape, and material for holding small candles. Their clear, see-through quality allows you to experience the calming effect of a flickering flame, while the glass jar material is resilient under the heat of the flame.

To make these festive fall mason jar candle holders, we used a few items from our local dollar store, making this an inexpensive project to create at home. One of the items we used were faux leaves to apply to the outside of the mason jars.

You can use real leaves if you have access to them, but sometimes the faux leaves are easier since they’re clean and easy to mold against the mason jar’s shape. If your leaves (or mason jar) are not clean, it will be difficult to get the leaves to stick to the jar or for the adhesive to stay put.

To apply the leaves to the mason jar candles, we used Mod Podge. The adhesive is applied to the jar itself as well as the leaves, which keeps the leaves staying nice and put on the jars. That said, don’t try fussing too much with getting your autumn leaves to stick perfectly onto the jar. Some of the tips and corners of the leaves may not stay flat against the jar, but when the jar is finished, it won’t be very noticeable.

To make these DIY Fall Mason Jar Candle Holders, you will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Mason jars
  • Fabric/faux fall leaves
  • Sponge brush


  1. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the outside of the mason jar using your sponge brush.
  2. Once the jar feels sticky, place a leaf on the jar. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the leaf, starting from the center of the leaf and working your way out.
  3. Apply more leaves, one by one, applying the Mod Podge over each leaf. The leaves can overlap, but they don’t have to completely cover the mason jar. The negative space between the leaves can be appealing.
  4. Allow the jar to completely dry, then apply a ribbon or raffia around the neck of the mason jar for a finishing touch.