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: