How to Preserve Pretty Fall Leaves With Wax Paper

Learn how to lock in the pretty colors of autumn with this easy trick.

My favorite fall activity? Preserving those pretty, pretty leaves. Whenever I mention this option to friends, they claim to have never tried it, so if you’re like them, now’s your chance. As the leaves are changing rapidly in many parts of the country, seize the seasonal opportunity and create an autumnal craft or artwork that will last for weeks.

All you have to do is pick your favorite leaves, sandwich them between sheets of waxed paper, top the waxed paper with a thin rag (to keep your iron clean), and iron on medium (without steam!) for a few moments to allow the wax on the paper to transfer to the surface of each leaf.

Allow the leaves to cool with the wax paper on them, and then peel the paper away. The leaf pigmentation may have changed slightly (I find this has more to do with how soon the leaf was going to turn brown), but the color that remains will continue looking beautifully preserved for several more weeks. You won’t wake up finding these leaves turned immediately to brown!

Do what you will with your beautiful preserved leaves: adorn a wreath, make a bouquet, make pretty fall party invites or assemble as a beautiful centerpiece for your fall-through-Thanksgiving holiday table decor.

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