We made a new "stained glass" window for our front door using Autumn leaves and contact paper. Pretty, eh? These leaves are from a parking lot tree. I'm such a sucker for colorful fall leaves that I've gotten to the point where I stop to gather some when I'm running errands.
Aren't these leaves beautiful with the sun shining through?
To make this leaf stained glass, add autumn leaves face down to the sticky side of transparent contact paper. Then simply stick the contact paper directly to the window. When you're ready for a change, just pull the contact paper off the window.
A few of the leaves on this panel were dried, but for the most part we used freshly picked leaves. From the flower suncatchers that we've made (such as the flower petal stained glass door), I learned that after a week or two the leaves and flowers look as though they've been pressed and dried, especially if they were thin to begin with (i.e. there isn't a full flower or layers of flowers but rather flat leaves or flower petals).
You may have noticed drawings on a couple of the panels above. Maia drew trees on the contact paper pieces first before we added the leaves.
Here's the panel with the tree drawing and the leaves. The drawing didn't show up as well as I thought it would, but the effect is kind of neat anyway.
To the right of our leafy front door, you can see (sorta anyway) the pumpkins on our front porch and the dogwood tree in it's full red glory. I love fall!
And I'm also loving the changing art display case that the front door windows are proving to be. Loving all the stained glass effects we're able to create, using seasonal inspiration and different techniques.
If you liked this autumn leaves stained glass, then you might like the other autumn crafts and halloween decorations in my ebook: