How to Make Waxed Fall Leaves

Easy instructions for waxing fall leaves for autumn or Thanksgiving decorations."

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We have done some fun fall leaf projects in the past, but these waxed fall leaves are just way too cool. They are very easy to make. I had so much fun making them, I didn’t want to stop!

Waxing fall leaves is very easy.

Supplies Needed:

To do this project you will need a mini crock pot. If you don’t already have one you will be sure to find one at your local thrift store. At the first Goodwill I went to I found one for $3.99.

Waxing fall leaves. Easy instructions for making waxed fall leaves for autumn or Thanksgiving decorations.

You can find paraffin wax at most grocery stores in the canning section or you can also order it from Amazon. Paraffin wax is what they used to melt and use to seal jelly and jam jars.

You will only need about half a small box for this project. I’ve read that you can also use beeswax to do this project, but it will cost you more than the paraffin wax.

It takes about 30 minutes for the wax to completely melt in the crock pot. When the wax is melted you can dip the leaves.

You don’t have to wait until the leaves are dried to dip them in the wax. In fact, they turn out better if they are still “fresh”. The softer they are the better you will be able to flatten them after they are dipped in wax.

Directions:

Lay a piece of waxed paper on the counter where you are working and start dipping the leaves in the wax, being careful not to touch the hot wax with your fingers.

Lay the leaves on the waxed paper to dry. The leaves will dry in a minute or less.

You can dip the leaves in the wax more than once, however, the more wax you put on the leaves, the more you will be able to see the wax on them.

Waxing fall leaves. Easy instructions for making waxed fall leaves for autumn or Thanksgiving decorations.

One or two coats should be fine. Make sure to dip the stems too, it will help keep them from breaking.

When the leaves are done you can use them for decoration in a number of ways. Lay them on end tables, your dining room table, or in a pretty bowl.

You can also string them onto a leaf garland, which is what I did. Just use a needle and thread to string the leaves together for a garland.

The wax will help keep the leaves from tearing apart when you poke the needle through them.

I was really happy with how my leaf garland turned out. Who knew you could wax fall leaves!? I will definitely be doing it again next year.

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Waxing fall leaves. Easy instructions for making waxed fall leaves for autumn or Thanksgiving decorations.

Waxing fall leaves. Easy instructions for making waxed fall leaves for autumn or Thanksgiving decorations.
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2 Comments on "How to Make Waxed Fall Leaves"


  1. Hi! May I ask, what is the advantage of waxing the leaf? Does it help preserve the color of the leaf? If so, how long do they last? Thank you!

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    1. Hi! Waxing the leaf makes it last A LOT longer. Dried leaves crumble very easily, but the waxed leaves are very pliable and they don’t break like an unwaxed leaf does. You still have to be careful when you store them because they could still tear, but these waxed leaves can easily last for several years. And yes, it does help preserve the color of the leaves.

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