Preserve Fall Leaves with Paraffin Wax

This is a fun experiment, and it’ll leave your hands ultra soft, too. This project came about when I read an article about using wax to preserve fall leaves. Some people were using crockpots to heat up wax, so I figured it would be the perfect project for my hand paraffin machine. Even if you don’t have one of those gadgets, you can buy wax and soften it over the stovetop or in the microwave. So get outside this fall and gather up all those gorgeous leaves.

1. Choose your leaves!

This is a great excuse to go leaf hunting. Get outside and collect up all those bright and colorful falls leaves. (This works on green leaves, too.)

2. Go for a dip.

Gently dip the leaf into the wax. You’ll want to do this several times to get really good coverage.

 

3. Let the leaves dry.

Lay out the leaves and give them plenty of time to dry.

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  • 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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