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I love collecting fallen leaves in the autumn. I love all the colors and the crisp feel when you walk through them. (I don't like raking them...ha, ha, ha).
Here is what I came up with.
You will need:
You are ready to begin. Lay out a towel on a counter top. Next cover the towel with a sheet of plastic wrap. Lay all your leaves on the plastic. Then place another sheet of plastic wrap over the leaves.
Place the second towel over the plastic wrap. Using a dry hot iron, start gently ironing over and over the the towel. You can hold the iron in place for a few seconds at a time then move it to another spot. Do this for about 3 minutes. Lift the top towel and you will see that the plastic served as laminating for your leaves.
You can now cut this sheet into a rectangle for a place mat, or into shapes for window decorations, maybe a long sheet as a runner for a table, the ideas are endless. Making these costs next to nothing. It is a great little hobby to do with kids!
I preserved autumn leaves for a Thanksgiving centerpiece by spraying them several times with heavy duty hairspray.
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How can I preserve leaves?
To preserve leaves use decoupage glue. Coat them front and back including the stem if still attached. I did this in September and they are still pretty. Only one did not turn out. It turned black for some reason. Test this out before doing it to really pretty ones.