Decorating with Leaves

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to decorate with the colorful leaves. You can do this really easily by dipping leaves into paraffin wax. This makes a very beautiful yet simple autumn touch to your home. Plus it is putting the fallen leaves to good use!

You will need to gather these materials: Paraffin wax, a pan (one that you don’t mind melting wax in), parchment paper, a tray to cool the leaves, a large bowl full of cool water.

Step 1: Gather the best pick of leaves you can find outside, you want them to be bright and in good shape. Make sure they are not torn or wilted. How many you gather is up to you.

Step 2: Arrange a tray lined with parchment paper in order to cool the leaves after they have been dipped. Then set up a large bowl filled with cool water.

Step 3: Melt the wax in the pan on low. Caution: paraffin wax is highly flammable.

Step 4: By the stem, submerge the leaf all the way into the wax. Immediately pull the leaf out, let any excess wax drip off into the pan. Then dip it into the bowl of cool water for about 5 seconds. This sets the wax. Let the water run off and then gently place the leaf onto the parchment paper. Then repeat.
They should last for at least a week, most likely longer.

Decorating ideas: If you have guests over for dinner they look really nice scattered throughout the dinner table and then add some candles to help them shine. This is a great idea for Thanksgiving dinner. Or you can place them on a mantle, on shelves or anywhere in your house or office that has room for them. You could also tie a clear string around the stem and hang them from an archway in your home. They should last for at least a week, most likely longer.

Green Question: I know that burning candles made from paraffin wax isn’t as safe for the environment as soy candles, but for this activity has anyone used a different kind of wax? Feel free to leave a comment.

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