How to Preserve Fall Leaves - Super easy

How to Preserve Fall Leaves

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How to Preserve Fall Leaves - Super easy

We’re keeping our eyes open for leaves that are changing color and beginning (just beginning!) to press them.

While we often just place the leaves between the pages of a book for a week or two to press them (a phone book works great), we also place them between paper sometimes first, especially if the book in question is one of the more highly valued in our house.

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I love the cusp of a new season and am ready for this one.

How to Preserve Fall Leaves - Super easy

There are so many reasons to love a new season of course, but right now I’m mostly thinking about all the lovely crafty things we can do this fall. I’ve created an Autumn Fun board on Pinterest (did I mention that I’m addicted to Pinterest?) with all kinds of great ideas from around the web.

How to Preserve Fall Leaves

Last year we drew and wrote on our fall leaves with metallic pens, and we’ll definitely do that again, but I’m also thinking of what else we can do with these.

In case you’re wondering how to preserve fall leaves besides simply pressing them as we are doing here, some people dip leaves in wax to preserve them and some people use Mod Podge. Maybe we’ll try both techniques, just for fun.

Update :: We’ve since tried preserving fall leaves with Mod Podge and it works great! I recommend giving it a try!

 

I’m loving these foliage candleholders and am also wondering what else we can do with our leaves. Any ideas?

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23 Comments

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    Becca
    September 5, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I love to dip them in wax too. They are beautiful in a beeswax lantern and also adhered to the side of beeswax candles. We also like to put a bunch of colored leaves under a light-colored cloth and hammer out the color into the fabric. A beautiful cloth for the nature table or making into flags.

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    georgine
    September 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

    May I ask where you found Maia’s wings? They look like better than average wings. We are always in the market for wings. Thanks!!!

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    The Orchard
    September 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Thank you for sharing your board on Pinterest. I have just recently discovered Pinterest and am slowly figuring it all out. Is it okay to Repin an entire board? :) I love the ideas that you have chosen for you board. Thanks also for the reminder to “look ahead” and start saving leaves etc.
    Cheers!

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    The Orchard
    September 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    That is great! You have chosen some really cool ideas.

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    molly
    September 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    We made those leaf candle holders with old jars and Mod Podge a couple of years ago for E’s teachers as Thanksgiving gifts (they weren’t nearly as neat and tidy as Martha’s though). They were really fun, we used some white tissue paper with them to cover the blank spots (not sure if that was in her tutorial). And, I have totally gotten addicted to Pinterest too, where I also pinned the wax leaves! We hiked this morning and E was collecting yellow and brown leaves for the “Fall Play” she and the neighbor are putting on. I think they are to be set decorations!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try the hammered leaves idea! Maybe this fall…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I found her wings at an independent toy store. They’re good ones. Her grandma actually sent her the same pair last Christmas and they were wonderful but got almost daily use and ended up rather battered. It was time for a new set.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    You can repin anything and everything you want! :)

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    Suzie
    September 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I love how Maia is still wearing her b’day party dress! :-)

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    Jacqueline
    September 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I’m now following you on pinterest. :) I’m addicted too!

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    megwrites
    September 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    We don’t have the four distinct seasons where I live in California. I love having nice weather almost the entire year, but I do really miss fall. Fall leaves, the snap of cold in the air, scarves and mittens…

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    Stephanie
    September 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    So that’s what pinterest is!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    September 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Yes, Pinterest is so much fun! I’ve always wanted to try dipping them in beeswax too. Mabye this is the year! Last year we did crayon rubbings on a huge, long paper and then the watercolors over them, inspired by your banner. That was fun! By the way, did you decide about guest posting for Celebrate Color (http://www.stitchedincolor.com/p/celebrate-color.html). I never did hear back from you, so perhaps the emails are getting lost in cyberspace?

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    Nancy
    September 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    When I was young, we used to iron leaves between pieces of wax paper. Use the better quality wax paper as the cheap stuff skimps on the wax. Just be sure to put it between a couple of layers of newpaper or newsprint to protect your iron and ironing board. They turn out really flat which makes them ideal for mounting on paper or other flat projects, although they do become brittle with time.
    Today is the first day that it really felt like fall in our neck of the woods (southern Ontario, Can.) and with tomorrow being the first day of school, fall is definitely here.
    Now I need to go check out your pinterest board!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I can’t wait to try those candle holders! I’ve been thinking of making our own candles to put in them even (pinned a diy candle tutorial on pinterest…).

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I always think I’m going to want the warm weather to last forever, but by the time fall comes around, I really am ready for it.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I know!! She’s been wearing it a lot!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Are you e-mailing me at my new e-mail address? [email protected]

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 5, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I think it’s a good thing to be addicted to. :)

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    Mom and Kiddo
    September 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I’m looking for new ideas for leaves, too. Usually every year we just make a wreath, like this one: http://momandkiddo.blogspot.com/2008/10/autumn-wreath.html

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    michelle vantine
    September 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I was an art teacher for years and I had a fall project that the kids LOVED. I would take them outside to collect different shaped leaves. Then we would trace or draw them w/ pencil(depending on age) on black const. paper. Then go over the lines with glue and let dry. Then use chalk pastel and color in the leaves with diffret colors. I always had them use more then one color on each leaf and blend with their fingert or kleenes. Then one solid color for the backgournd (usually brown or green)The pictures were GORGEOUS when finished

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Love your wreath! It’s simple, seasonal, and kid-friendly. We may give it a try soon!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try that method as well!

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