Tutorial: Turning Over A New Leaf

You could call Canadian geocacher Daniel Goymour a rather crafty fellow. Here the owner of Etsy store Geocrafter shows It’s Not About The Numbers how to create one of his Autumn Leaves containers.

“Two years ago, I was introduced to geocaching by a couple friends while on a trip to Montreal. We found a bunch of caches that ranged from the simple to very clever hides. Upon my return home, I started to find caches on my own and eventually grew to discover everything caching had to offer. I loved seeing the effort and craftsmanship put into the hides I was finding and was inspired to create caches of my own,” says the Toronto resident.

“Now I construct many caches – from the complex to simple – and wanted to share how to create one of these containers with all of you. This hide demonstrates how easy it is for anyone to put together a clever geocache that is inexpensive and made from materials found around your home.”


First, gather the materials needed: white glue, a paintbrush, a few sheets of newspaper, autumn/fall leaves, a pie tin and any sealable container (to ensure no moisture gets into your cache). I used a Werther’s Original toffee tin.

Take care to select fresh autumn leaves that have a nice, bright colour as they are more flexible and easier to use. The size of your container will depend on the size of cache you wish to hide and your chosen location. Be sure to research the area where you want to hide the cache to make sure your container will fit.


Next, you camouflage the container. Set up your workstation by putting down some newspaper – this will make for a quick and easy clean-up. Pour the white glue into the pie tin and set atop the newspaper. Separate the lid of your container from the bottom and set the base aside.


Cover the lid with a layer of glue to create a base coat. Apply the first layer of leaves; starting with the more flexible examples you gathered – they will cover the corners more effectively. Experiment to discover how the leaves best mould to your container.


Add a second coat of white glue on top of the base layer. This layer can be rough and have leaves placed more freely. (Don’t worry about any exposed white glue as it will dry clear.) Once done, set the lid aside to dry and repeat the process with the container’s base.
*Make sure you do not glue or place leaves anywhere that the two parts of the container will meet/join. If you do, it will not close properly and might become very difficult to open.

While the glue dries, assemble the contents of your cache. You should include a logbook, a plastic bag to ensure the contents stay dry, and a writing utensil if it will fit. You may also want to consider a prize for the First To Find and other swag such as toys, stickers, buttons or trading cards. The contents can include most anything you wish but be sure to check out the guide provided here on GC.com.


Find a great hiding spot, where your cache will be sure to blend in. For this example, be sure to use leaves to help the container stay hidden. I found a hollow portion of a tree in a nearby park and filled the hole with extra leaves to cover the cache.

“I hope you enjoy crafting your cache as much as I did. It makes for a great hide!”

*Of course, if you’re too lazy to make your own – or just not artistically inclined – you can always buy one of Daniel Goymour’s Autumn Leaves geocaches at his Etsy store, Geocrafter. You can also keep track of his latest creations on Facebook and Twitter.



  1. northernpenguin

    This is a great concept, though I would switch out the metal tin for a plastic one. Metal tins tend to rust in Canadian winters, which leads to a container that is sharp, rusty and difficult to open.

  2. Derek Stewart

    Great idea. With the rigidness of the can I can see the leaves staying on longer than the tupperware type. Good size for trade items. I love to see non traditional caches. Keep up the great work!

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