14. Make Wax Dipped Leaves
If you want your leaves to last forever, you need to seal them in wax. In order to make waxed leaves, you need to start by melting beeswax. This can be done over your stove top with a double boiler. Or, if you have a wax melt warmer, you may want to use that instead. Make sure you remove any existing wax melt in the container before you get started. Once the bee’s wax is hot and liquefied, it should be completely clear. Hold the leaves by the stem, and gently dunk them into the wax one at a time. Allow the wax to drip off of the leaf, and shake it a bit to get the access drops off, if necessary.
Next, take a clothespin and hang the stem of the leaf from a string so that they dry. If you have nowhere to hang them, you can also lay them flat on a sheet of wax paper. One they are dried, these leaves are essentially sealed inside of the wax,and will not decompose. On the Martha Stewart blog, they take these leaves and tie them to strings of microfilament so that they can descend from the ceiling, as if they are in the midst of falling from a tree. Once these leaves are waxed, you can use them for crafts, and they should be preserved for years. You may want to consider using waxed leaves for many of the DIY projects we mentioned on this list.