NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Here’s Something You Can Do With All Those Leaves

Does your yard look like mine? Is it full of leaves? If you need a break from raking, here’s a fun fall craft to try with some of your own fall foliage.

As part of our Nailed It Or Failed It Segment on WQAD News 8 at 11am, I had my Co-Anchor Jonathan Ketz and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen make these Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holders:


They come from Spark & Chemistry, a DIY Craft Blog. According to the website, all you need is a mason jar, Mod Podge, and leaves – either real or fake. You can also use a sponge brush to apply the Mod Podge, or just use your fingers.

I decided to try it out the night before our segment and I have to say – it was not as easy as it looks. I have never worked with Mod Podge before, but it’s basically like white glue. I did not want to get my fingers all sticky, so I decided to use the sponge brush. However, about 10 minutes in, I began using my fingers to hold get the edges of the leaves to stick to my jar.

I’m not going to lie – I was in the “Failed It” state of mind as I left the jar to dry overnight, but when I woke up in the morning and looked at what I created I was actually pleased. I’m not sure if I’m ready to say “Nailed It” yet. Let’s see how Jonathan and Eric do first. Also, I came up with a less messy way to stick the leaves to the jar – find out if it works in the clip below:

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