How to Press Fall Leaves for Arts and Crafts Projects
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How to Press Fall Leaves for Arts and Crafts Projects

Arts and crafts change with each season, and so do the methods and materials of production. Autumn brings with it the myriad of colors and foliage of the trees and plants that only comes one time a year.

Arts and crafts change with each season, and so do the methods and materials of production. Autumn brings with it the myriad of colors and foliage of the trees and plants that only comes one time a year. One of the most popular activities for preparing natural craft materials is pressing leaves. This article will walk through the process to help you create your art and achieve the best results.

First, take a stroll through your neighborhood and collect the leaves that appeal to you based on shape, size, texture, and condition.You do not necessarily have to collect the most perfect specimen of each species, variation is an important trait. You don’t want your craft to look like it was purchased in a store, per say. Collect leaves of many colors to diversify the look of your crafts.

Once you have gathered your leaves, we must prepare them for pressing. If leaves are moist, place them gently between pages of newspaper of paper towels to dry them without damaging them.

You will now need a hot iron, waxed paper, a flat surface, and a place to put your finished leaves to dry. Take each leaf and place it between waxed paper. Carefully iron the leaves to create a seal around each individual leaf. This protective coat will strengthen and protect your leaves. Do not use any steam when ironing, this will ruin the leaves. You want your product to stay dry at all times.

After your leaves have been pressed, place them under pressure. A few books will do the job nicely and help solidify the seal around the complex edges of the leaves. Sometimes a few days will be necessary to complete this seal. Keep the leaves out of direct sunlight which can fade color and escalate the decay of the leaves fibers. If you want to get fancy you can coat the leaves in petroleum jelly for a shimmer underneath the waxed paper covering.

Now that you’re finished pressing the leaves, you have a variety of uses for them. You can add them to any greeting cards you are sending out this season. You can tack them up on walls or doors as decorations. Pressed leaves can be used to set or dress your dinner table. You can make wreaths or swags with some of your favorites. Or maybe you can just enjoy the collection walk and pressing activity with friends or family as you enjoy the season.

 

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Ranked #2 in Arts & Crafts

I remember doing this as a kid. I still have some of them.

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