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Preserving Leaves in Wax

I think everyone would agree that Autumn is a beautiful season. The changing colours of leaves before they fall is a wonderful sight, but due to the nature of the process the leaves are undergoing, it is difficult to preserve them in all their glory. One method is to press autumn leaves, today we are exploring another really simple one - preserving them in wax.

 

Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

This really is a fun and simple way to preserve leaves. As well as collecting your leaves you will need some wax, a container to melt it in, and somewhere to hang your leaves to allow them to dry.

 

Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

We melted our wax in a double boiler, you could also do this in a bowl over simmering water. Please ensure you do this safely, bearing in mind that wax ignites easily! It is important to note that it is not safe to melt wax in a microwave or leave melting wax unattended.

 

Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

We found dipping our leaves quickly into the hot wax avoided them wilting, and allowed us to capture their beauty at that particular moment in time. The wax only takes a few minutes to set on the leaves, but during this time it will leave marks if they touch anything, so we devised a drying frame to leave ours to dry in safety.

 

Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

The photo below shows our collection of waxed leaves, they really are beautiful and are perfect for bringing a touch of autumn to your decor or crafts.

 

Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

 

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Capture the beauty of fall leaves by preserving their beautiful, autumn colours using wax - check out our super easy tutorial

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  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    Sarah they look so pretty and shiny and who wouldn’t want to preserve fall’s glorious colors.
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    October 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    You have so much fun with your kids! I love it. This is a really cool way to save the gorgeous colors of fall. Could you attach them to a wreath or use them in a table-scape? We all run to the craft store to buy fake leaves, but we could be doing this instead! And the real leaves are so much prettier. Thanks for the tip, going to be trying this!

    October 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Haven’t decided how to use them yet Nikki, but think they will probably end up attached to a wreath – I have too many ideas running around my mind lol!

      October 23, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a great idea! Love the idea of preserving the different colors of the leaves to use year round. They will make beautiful props!
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    October 14, 2016 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda, it is such a beautiful time of year so it’s lovely to capture a little piece of it 🙂

      October 23, 2016 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    Gorgeous, and it looks easy too! I’m really excited about this, I’ve never seen it done before…!
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    October 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    That’s gorgeous and you get to save those beautiful colors all year around. Thank you so much Sarah
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    October 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s such an easy thing to do Michelle, my wax leaves are going to make great props for my autumn crafts 🙂

      October 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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