waxing leaves - a small report






i am very pleased with how the waxing of the leaves we collected worked and how they turned out. although i am sure they have lost a little bit of their brightness, the colour is kept much more than when they are dried, they look a lot more natural and the bees wax smell in different corners of our home is lovely!

i bought two 100% beeswax candles at a drugstore and placed them in a metal bowl, which in turn i put into a pot with some water in it, which i brought to boil on the stove. when the bees wax had melted, i dipped the leaves in it and placed them on parchment paper. they took a very short time to dry. i made a small garland with most of them, but wanted to keep the maple leaves against the light of the window, i think they look simply gorgeous!

i might just add that the little man was only interested in watching me and didn't want to join, so it was a mess-free project. in case little ones join you i recommend  spreading a lot of newspaper across every piece of working space!!




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9 comments:

Danielle Quarmby said...

Oh that's sweet! What a lovely project :) Beautiful Autumn...

simona said...

this is very cool, have never done it before! the leaf in the last picture is virtually glowing!!

Gina @ Oaxacaborn said...

Wow, I've never done this! I've ironed leaves between two pieces of wax paper (with fabric between the paper and the iron of course) but this is so much prettier!

KatEzat said...

Beautiful and totally inspiring...

I too love the smell of beeswax. This makes me like autumn a little bit more (I'm still mourning the end of summer!)

Cheers!

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

We have been waxing up a ton of leaves here, they look so awesome and you are right the smell is amazing!

MYT CR8TiV said...

I am sure that you can enhance the fragrance of the wax a bit more by adding some fragrance oils or even going to the local craft store and buy fragrance oils meant for candle crafting.

├ľa said...

Putting leaves into hot wax, what a cool idea! I'll definitely try that, because I love the beauty of leaves in fall and have used to press them ever since my childhood.

Johnnie said...

I love the smell of beeswax. What a great idea! I am totally making these. Thanks for the inspiration.

Irene said...

great idea,it's beautiful!!

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