Last fall I was a baby blogger with very few readers. I thought I’d re-post one of my favorite fall tips:
Autumn is my favorite season. I anticipate it on those 95 degree summer days (that I just can’t stand) and look forward all year to the colors, the cool temperatures, the pumpkins, the crisp juicy apples, the crunching leaves–all of it. I love it ALL. Today I’m going to share a “trick” I stumbled on a while back.
You’re going to smile when you find out what the trick is–it’s so simple and yet so wonderful! I discovered several years ago that you can dip your dried leaves into hot paraffin wax and they not only look beautiful, they last indefinitely. Yep, that’s right, wax.
|Dried, unpreserved leaves|
The first step, of course, is to collect and thoroughly dry a nice collection of leaves. I dry mine in my 4″ phone book, weighed down with another heavy book. They come out looking like the above.
Dig out an old metal coffee can, if you can find one(!) and some ordinary paraffin wax (as you can see, I bought mine at a garage sale for 25¢).
Place your wax in the can and then your can in a pan of water. I used just 1/4 pound to start out. Turn on the flame and melt the wax.
Then start dipping! Insert your leaf into the can, being careful not to break off any of the edges. I tilted the can inside the pan to get better coverage. Gently shake your leaf to remove excess wax; then place your leaf on a piece of parchment (or wax) paper to dry.They don’t take very long to dry, and before you know it you’ll have a nice collection of preserved leaves. I store mine flat in a box and they’ve lasted for years.