DIY Leaf Bowl Several dozen palm-sized leaves. They should still be pliable and not dry. If you wish you may use artificial fall leaves. Mod Podge. Paintbrush Paint Brush Balloon Blow up balloon. Begin placing the leaves on to the balloon and “painting” them with Mod Podge. Use A LOT and paint it on thick to make sure it fully saturates the leaves. Put another coat of Mod Podge over all the leaves that cover the bowl. Allow it to dry overnight.