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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Waxen Leaves

Colors of Fall

Have you ever revisited a craft you did as a child? Sometimes it's fun to go back and relive a bit of it!  When I was very young, one of the things I was allowed to do was wax fall leaves.  All you need is colorful, real leaves that have fallen, wax paper and an iron.  Doesn't get much simpler.


Set your iron to medium hot and allow to heat up. Cut a piece of wax paper to lay the leaves on and lay a 2nd piece of wax paper over the top of the leaves.

Run your iron over the leaves melting the wax onto the leaves. Allow to cool and, if you have more leaves, repeat the process.

When cool, gently remove the top sheet of wax paper and remove leaves from the bottom sheet.

Bye-bye Summer...Hello Fall!

  It was time to say good-bye to my
  Summer starfish and welcome Fall.
  I  arranged a few leaves on some
  leftover white cardstock and
  reused the same frames.

Easy, Free Color!

I included a leaf from my Caladiums growing
on the side of the house. We'll see how they
hold up since they are tropical.

I had quite a few leaves left over and layered
them in the bowl on the dining room table with
my starfish and scallop shells.  Can't give up
the ocean fully regardless of the calendar!

Fall's Bounty

I added a vase of leaves from my variegated hydrangea, end of season hydrangea blooms and a stalk of garden mums.  These will last for weeks and, best of all, I already had all I needed!

Peek-A-Boo Starfish

When I get tired of the flowers, I'll move them and add a candle to the center...much easier to see my dinner guests! I'd like to fill the vase with lemons and/or limes for more color...but not tonight.

The starfish?  They are a reminder that Summer will come again in its time. For now, I have three other seasons to enjoy!

I hope you find time to relive a piece of your childhood and share the simple things with those you love.


  1. I remember doing these as a kid, will have to try this with my girls when we finally get enough change to cause the leaves to turn.

    1. The framed ones are holding their color. The ones in the dish not as much. Eh! Will just go out the back door and get more :) I love the smell when you iron them.

  2. Hey Guerrina let me tell you, I have never done the wax on the leaves! I guess that preseves the leaves and/or the colors in a better way? I have to try it! Love the art you created, the shapes and the colors of the leaves look great pair up with those branches in the vase!

    1. Thank you! I just added some bittersweet vine to the vase for more color recently! Yes, the wax helps preserve the leaves. It works better and lasts longer framed as they're not exposed to the air so much.