How to Preserve Leaves in Wax Paper

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You can easily preserve leaves from nature walks by pressing them between two pieces of waxed paper using an iron. Preserved leaves can enliven a scrapbook, or create an interesting work of art when placed in a frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Leaves
  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Pre-heat the iron to medium low.

  • Cut two pieces of waxed paper of equal size. The size of the paper depends upon the size of your leaf.

  • Sandwich the leaf between the two pieces of waxed paper. Position the leaf to ensure there is at least a 1-inch margin between the edge of the leaf and the edge of the waxed paper.

  • Place the leaf sandwiched in waxed paper on the ironing board. Iron the entire top of the wax paper gently in a back-and-forth and side-to-side motion, paying careful attention not to allow the iron to be positioned on one section of the paper for more than a few seconds. Continue to iron for two to three minutes.

  • Allow your leaf creation to cool for five minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • For unique keepsakes of a family vacation, collect leaves during your holiday and preserve them at home.
  • Only adults should operate the iron.

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  • Photo Credit green leaf/ leaf icon isolated image by ramzi hachicho from Fotolia.com
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