Pressing Fall Leaves - How to Preserve the Beauty of Fall Foliage
By Marie Iannotti
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Preserving Branches of Fall Leaves with Glycerin
Preserving Whole Branches of Fall Leaves
Photo: © Marie Iannotti (2007) licensed to About.com, Inc.
To Preserve Small Branches with Glycerin:
- Cut small branches with leaves attached and immediately immerse the stems in a bucket of warm water. Let stand for about 2 hours, away from full sunlight.
- Combine 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Allow solution to cool completely.
- Remove the stems from the bucket of warm water and smash the stem ends lightly with a hammer, so there is more surface area for soaking up the solution.
- Place the branches into the glycerin solution. Store out of direct sunlight and away from sources of eat until small beads of dew form on the leaves. This means the leaves have absorbed all they can.
- Remove the branches and wipe off the leaves.
- Hang branches upside down to dry.
Decorating Ideas: Glycerin leaves can be used for all types of crafts. They’re especially nice for wreaths and garlands and for table accents like napkin rings and chargers.