Decorating Glass Jars for Fall

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Cooler weather is coming and cozy, warm decor is making its way into homes. I’m not one to overhaul my entire home decor for each new season. I look for simple ways to bring seasons into my decor. Since I spend a good amount of my time in the kitchen each day, I usually start there. This year I decided I was decorating glass jars for fall to dress up my counters and pantry. It’s a fun project that is actually relaxing to create and it’s the perfect project for the craft-challenged.

3 jars filled with rice and flour and decorated with leaf motifs on wood table with autumn leaves with title text reading Decorating Glass Jars for Fall

I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy, busy mom. Love to craft, but I need my project to be quick and stress-free. This simple technique for decorating glass jars is even better than stress-free, it’s stress reducing. Really.

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3 jars filled with pantry staples decorated with leaf motifs and 2 plain jars on wood table with leaves

Decorating Glass Jars for Fall


  • Jars – Choose a size that works with your needs.
  • Permanent Markers – Choose warm autumn colors. Metallic bronze takes warm fall color to a sophisticated level.
  • Leaves – Take a walk outdoors and collect autumn leaves or use fabric leaves from the craft store. 
  • Double Stick Tape
5 glass jars in different sizes, pile of autumn leaves and 5 markers in autumn colors on white table

Wash and dry the jars and lids well.  Make sure the outside of the jars are thoroughly dry before starting.

Adhere leaves to the jar with double stick tape. You can add one large leaf or several smaller ones. 

With a permanent marker, make dots to outline the leaves. Start at the edge of the leaf and work out from there. Be careful not to smudge dots before they dry well. Place dots close together at the edge of the leaf to create a crisp outline. You can choose how concentrated you like the remainder of the dots. 

hands holding glass jar with leaves attached and making dots to outline the leaf with a marker

There’s something soothing and relaxing about adding those little dots. You can’t go wrong. I can feel myself relax as I work my way around the leaf and then out onto the rest of the jar. 

Decorating a glass jar takes about ten minutes to do one side. If you find the process as soothing as I do, keep going and enjoy decorating the entire jar. 

close up of empty glass jars decorated with leaf motif on wood table with autumn leaves on table

Decorated glass jars look so cozy in your fall decor.

3 glass jars decorated with a leaf motif on wood table with autumn leaves scattered around

Filled with pantry staples, they dress up your kitchen counter and cheer up a pantry shelf. 

The decorated glass jars can be handwashed carefully. 

close up of leaf motif on glass jar with 2 other decorated glass jars in the background

Those simple little dots make such a charming autumn design. Nothing says fall is here like autumn leaves. 

You’ll find decorating glass jars for fall is so much fun that you’ll want to make them for all seasons and holidays, too.

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  1. Oh wow, those look great! I would have never guessed how you made them! You always come up with the most amazing ideas! I like how they’re easy and quick to do.

    1. You are too sweet, Brenda. I am too busy for complicated crafts or projects and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. I find the dot outlining a very relaxing activity. I can use more relaxing activities in my life these days.

  2. Very cute ideas to trace around the leaves. I agree that doing a hands-on craft can be soothing. You get to be creative for little money and without the pressure of needing to do it perfectly. So many things in our lives come with a required standard of performance, but crafting lets us just “be” and have fun! Welcome, fall!

  3. What a fun idea! I love seasonal crafts I can do with my kids, and I am OBSESSED with glass jars. This is perfect for me šŸ™‚

    Going to check out the selection of SKS bottles and jars now!

    1. I’m with you, Andrea, glass jars are my favorite! They look so nostalgic and lovely. And they’re a healthier option for food storage.

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