Fall is the season of beautiful colored falling leaves that can be gathered on a nice walk through the park. It is a wonderful activity to do with the kids and finding nicely preserved and good to use in some Fall DIY Craft is a great and fun challenge. Gathering leaves can also be an opportunity to learn about recognizing tree species by their leaves and talking about the differences between them. But to use them as decoration that should last through the season, it is best to apply a technique to preserve the leaves before using them. Especially if you intend to use leaves to hang them from a fishing line to make sweet window decorations, here is a great way to prepare them.
Fall DIY Craft: How to Make a Fall Leaves Decor
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Well preserved, brightly colored fall leaves
Fishing line, ribbon or yarn
Clothespins or wax paper
Scented oil (optional)
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- Use the double boiler to melt the beeswax very slowly. Add a one or two drops of scented oil if desired. Be careful to not let the wax come to a boil, since it can lead to danger. Always take all necessary precautions and proceed with great care when melting wax to avoid any accidents and don’t leave it unattended while melting it.
- Make sure your leaves are completely dry. Take a leaf and hold it by its stem. Dip it quickly into the liquid wax and shake slightly to drip off any excess wax.
- If you want to use glitter, dip the waxed leaf into the glitter before the wax dries, so the glitter can stick to the surface.
- Use a clothespin to hang the leaf to dry or place them on wax paper. You can dip the leaf again after the first coat of wax has dried if you want, depending on what look you want.
- Use the leaves as they are or hang the leaves up using the fishing line, yarn or ribbon.
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These leaves are great for decorating by hanging them from a branch, an embroidery hoop or just from a window to catch the light are all great choices. Furthermore, you can use them as they are to fill vases or bowls or just place them on a surface, but you can use them in other craft projects as well. Think about using them to make a wreath or a garland!
This beautiful Fall DIY Craft with waxed leaves is ideal to make this time of the year and can get the kids excited about nature as well!