Preserving Autumn Leaves with
Furniture Wax

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We love these Autumn leaves arranged with roses,
Ours will last indefinitely and are so easy to make.
No irons, crockpots, pans, or glue necessary.

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We have lots of preserved leaves now and they will last and last.
Here are some of our preserved heavenly-bamboo leaves
tucked into a lace curtain. Beauty that will last.

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Most ways of preserving Autumn leaves are
messy and time consuming … BUT,

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this way is easy! We polish pressed leaves with
a non-toxic, clear liquid wax by Waverly Inspirations.

Let them dry a few hours and they are ready to use.

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Our preserved leaves will hold their color indefinitely
and are flexible, not brittle.

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What we do first, is press our leaves for a few days between
papertowels with a weight on top. This removes a lot of the water
in advance. We dry them until they are papery, but still pliable.

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You can find fallen leaves already mostly dry and papery. You'll
want to work with those before they become brittle.

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We sometimes frost pressed leaves with metallic paint applied
with a cotton swab. We use metallic gold by DecoArt.
Lots of metallic colors would look marvelous, but do this
before applying wax and allow a few hours to dry.

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These will be sweet mixed with the plain dried leaves.

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Here we are polishing and preserving a small leaf with a cotton swab
dipped in Waverly Inspirations clear liquid wax.

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Let these dry for a few hours. They will be slightly waxy.
Now we can hot glue some of the leaves to dried flower stalks
we gathered from a meadow.

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We left dried flowers on this stalk, but replaced the leaves
with my waxed and gilded versions, held on with hot glue.

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Ready to arrange with a few fresh flowers.

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Or add them like bits of stained-glass to windows or lace curtains.

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Our leaves will now stay colorful and flexible in arrangements.

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Flowers may fade, but these leaves will last
for many arrangements to come !

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