Preserve Fall Leaves with Paraffin Wax

Learn how to preserve fall leaves using paraffin wax.

I’ve heard of using wax to preserve fall leaves. And then when I saw something about using a crockpot to heat up wax, it suddenly hit me…paraffin! I’ve had this paraffin hand bath for several years because I got it as a Christmas present one year. They’re popular in spas and nail places, too. So we went on a leaf hunt, gathered up some of our favorites and dipped them in paraffin. This was a brilliantly easy way to preserve our leaves. I even saw a paraffin machine at a thrift store the other day for next to nothing, and I’m thinking of picking it up just for the wax!

Even if you don’t have a paraffin machine, just buy some wax and heat it up in the microwave or your crockpot. As a bonus, it’ll soften up your hands as well. Good luck!

STEP 1: HOLD LEAF BY STEM

STEP 2: DIP IN WAX SEVERAL TIMES

STEP 3: AIR DRY

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 24, 2012

    Anita

    Years ago we used to iron the leaves (on a low setting) between two sheets of wax paper. That would coat them with the wax but wasn’t messy.

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