How to Press Leaves
As you travel across the United States during the months of October and November, you can't miss the fall foliage creating impressively colorful displays, especially along tree-lined streets. If you've ever wished you could preserve those blazing colors, start collecting the leaves. With a few household items, you can save a stunning collection to embellish paper crafts or display in a decorative album.
Things You'll Need
- Wax paper
Collect the best specimens. Ideally, the best leaves to preserve are completely intact, brilliantly colored and untouched by mold. Fortunately, fallen leaves are abundant, so a little time invested by the roadside, or in a raked pile, can yield plenty of options from various types of trees.
Place the leaves between sheets of paper and lay heavy books on top of them overnight. This flattens the leaves and allows them to dry out.
Place the dried leaves between two sheets of wax paper, creating a leaf-wax paper sandwich, and iron the top sheet at a medium, dry heat setting for approximately 10 seconds or until the two pieces of wax paper fuse.
Once the leaves are pressed, cut the wax paper along the outlines and tape the leaves in a scrapbook or photo album, or simply leave the page intact. Affix leaves onto scrapbooking crafts such as handmade greeting cards.
- To enhance your fall foliage collection with color, sprinkle crayon shavings on the leaves before laying the top wax paper sheet and fuse the wax paper with your iron.
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