Preserving leaves with glycerin is the best way to keep them supple and flexible and they may remain so for years. You can do individual leaves or even whole, small branches.
The hardest part of doing this is finding the glycerin. Glycerin has really become difficult to find. I used to see it in large bottles in drug stores, near the hand lotion. Now you'll have to do some searching. Some drug stores still carry it. Ask at the pharmacy, if you don't see it.
You can also usually find it at health food stores and in craft stores. I recently found a small jar at a craft store, but it was in the cake decorating section. Seems glycerin also improves cake icing colors!
To Preserve Individual Leaves:
- In a shallow pan, mix a solution of 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water.
- Place your leaves into the solution.
- Weigh the leaves down with another pan or dish, so that they are totally submerged, as demonstrated on the next page.