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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tutorial: What to do with all those pretty leaves

Take one beautiful autumn day (see post below) and a few kids, then go and find a bunch of pretty leaves like these:Bring them home and sort out the nicest of the bunch. Make sure they are all dry.Now melt some beeswax in a double-boiler. I just melted down a bunch of old candle stubs. If I'd had it on hand, I would have added a drop or two of cinnamon oil.When it is thoroughly melted, take the leaves by the stem and immerse them, one at a time, in the wax. Hold them over the pot to drip a bit, then lay them on waxed paper. Continue until you have a nice assortment.
Okay, so now you have a pile of gorgeous leaves. What are you going to do with them? You can 1)use them in a floral arrangement; 2) wire them to wreath; 3) display them in a nice wood or pottery bowl or 4) if you're insane like me, go half-blind stringing them with invisible nylon thread and hang them from the ceiling, thus:

10 comments:

Birdie said...

What a wonderful idea!

+JMJ+ said...

You rock!

I just love the fall leaves and your ceiling idea just keeps it all alive...

Milehimama said...

Oh, so pretty.

Maybe I can get someone to mail me some leaves - everything is green and blooming here. It's balmy in the 70s still!

Rachel Hauser said...

We just picked our first polka dot leaf (a la 5 Orange Potatoes). This would be a great way of preserving it!

Elisabeth said...

Just came across this post. I recently covered some leaves with beeswax, but they all turned brown the next day. Any tips? They were all fresh and I'm wondering if I should have dried/pressed them first. Yours have amazing colors!!

Nadja Magdalena said...

You know, Elisabeth, I had that problem with the leaves I did this year, and I'm not sure why. I don't dry them, but last year I may have pressed them just overnight because I didn't have time to dip them that day. I wonder if that made the difference...

Cup Kate said...

Does the beeswax preserve them? Would it crack easily?
LOVE the idea of hanging them from the ceiling! I REALLY love fall leaves!

Nadja said...

Well Kate, I think the colors are better preserved if the leaves are pressed overnight. I think that taking some of the moisture out of them helps. But they do turn brown over time. As for cracking, they can, but not really easily...they are much, much sturdier than than mere pressed leaves.

Anonymous said...

We used to place leaves between 2 sheets of waxed paper, and iron (low heat). Same effect - easier!!

Mike said...

I love the idea of hanging them up in a room. I would love to surprise my mom by putting leaves all over her room ceiling.

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