October 17, 2014

Waxed Autumn Leaves

Fall Leaves dipped in wax to preserve
I have been wanting to try dipping leaves in wax to preserve them for a couple of years but never quite got around to doing it.  When we were in Upstate NY last weekend, we finally did.  It was a fun and easy project!  First, we took a nice long walk to gather some pretty leaves.

fall leaf on
Many of the prettiest leaves had already fallen so we picked some up off the ground.  The leaves from this pretty tree were falling right on us.
Orange fall leaves with blue
Forrest came along and rested in the leaves for a bit.  It was his 9th birthday on this day!
Golden Retriever in crunchy
Then, we came home and melted some parafin wax in an old pot.  I bought the wax at Michaels and melted it on the stovetop over a pot of boiling water.  It didn't take long for the wax to melt.  Maybe 5 minutes. 
Parafin wax to preserve fall
We dipped the leaves and let them drip over the pot of wax before allowing them to dry on some waxed paper.  We hung them in a window with fishing line.
Fall Leaves dipped in wax to preserve
They looked so pretty with the light shining in.  
Fall Leaves dipped in wax to preserve
This was a fun & easy project that the whole family ended up enjoying!


  1. Courtney,
    What a great idea. They do look so pretty waxed and hanging on the fishing line. Happy B Day to Forest.

    1. Thanks Kris! I am curious to see how long they stay looking pretty. Forrest says, "Thank you for the birthday wishes.". Have a great weekend!

  2. Wow, what a great idea! ...and such a simple craft that even I could handle! And I must say, Forrest is looking very handsome! Enjoy your weekend Courtney!

    1. Thanks Shelley! It was a very easy project, but the most fun part was collecting the leaves. Have a great weekend!