Preserving Autumn Leaves Part 2




Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. 
 ~Albert Camus


Preserving leaves is a much anticipated tradition. First there is the thrill of the treasure hunt in finding the prettiest leaves, then there is the warm smell of the beeswax that fills the house, and next the beautiful colors of the season brought into the home. But, perhaps the best part of preserving leaves is the family memories of collecting them. Please see our earlier post for tips in collecting the best leaves for preserving.



MATERIALS:

  • Beeswax
  • Autumn Leaves 





1
Melt beeswax in a double boiler on medium-low heat.



2
While wax melts, clean leaves of any dirt, debris, or moisture.

3
When the wax is liquid, reduce heat to low, then carefully dip each leaf into the wax. Just a quick dip.  When pulling the leaf out of the wax give it a quick gentle shake to remove access wax and then place leaf swiftly onto the wax paper. Allowing the excess to drip off your leaf will unevenly coat the leaf causing it to look 'cloudy' instead of vibrant.

4
Allow coated leaf to cool on wax paper, 10 minutes.

5
We recommend pouring unused remaining wax into silicone muffin tins. They release the wax easily and create small 4oz size molds of wax for future projects. Wipe excess wax off of glass cup with paper towel before it dries for easy cleaning.

6
See our earlier post for ideas in how to use your preserved leaves.

ENJOY!