I can’t believe Halloween is over! I had so much fun rethinking Halloween with all the rainbow colors. But once Halloween is over, that means all things holidays for me! This year we are forgoing Thanksgiving as a family and taking a trip to Disneyworld. Woohoo! So, while I have a couple of Thanksgiving ideas, I am pretty much going to deep dive into holiday content in the next week. But for today, I have a colorful DIY fall leaf decanter idea that is perfect for your fall bar cart or to use to serve your Thanksgiving cocktails.
I love the dimensional aspect to this project. The clay leaves stick out from the decanter and look oh so festive draped around the glass. Almost like falling leaves!
-FIMO Polymer clay (you can use any colors you like, but I used light pink, orange, and teal)
-Acrylic clay rolling pin
-Leaf cookie cutters
-Toothpick or clay tools to make veins in the leaves
Begin by rolling out your clay with the rolling pin until it is roughly 1/8″ thick. Then use the cookie cutters to cut the clay into leaf shapes.
Once you have a leaf cut, use the clay tool or toothpick to draw the leaf veins. Then pick up the clay leaf and position it over the decanter side and press into place.
Repeat with the other leaves. Cut and create the leaves to form a pattern covering the glass surface of the decanter. Once your pattern is as you like it, place the glass decanter into a cool oven. Next, heat the oven to 275F and bake the clay directly on the glass decanter for 15 minutes. Then turn off the oven and let the decanter cool down in the oven to avoid the glass cracking.
Once cooled, removed the decanter from the oven and fill with your favorite cocktail, wine, or spirit. I found that once cured, the clay stuck fairly well to the decanter surface. But, if you find that the clay leaves start to peel away from the glass, you can use E6000 glue to bond the clay to the glass.
I love my new DIY fall leaf decanter and while I may not use it for Thanksgiving, I will sure be using all season long!