Waxing Leaves

Preserve and Display Fall Foliage

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The trees are just beginning to change color in our neck of the woods, and yet we’ve already found ourselves shuffling through crinkly leaves on our evening strolls. No season flies by like fall. But here’s a simple and nifty trick to help prolong the autumn vibe.All of us recall a childhood memory of ironing leaves between wax paper, or pressing them between the pages of a book, but dipping them directly in wax offers an immediate glossy satisfaction with a natural-looking result.

Sarah at Clover Lane has a nice tutorial to walk you through the steps. All that’s required is a block of wax and a disposable pan. We opted for beeswax and an old pie pan placed over a pot of boiling water to melt the wax, rather than heating the pan directly on the stovetop. Granted, you'll still need to be cautious with kids and hot wax.

We're really keen on the way these look tethered along a piece of string and hung as a simple window garland. Or how about suspending them from little twigs for a seasonal nursery mobile?

(Images: Clover Lane)

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