I know I've been on quite the fall decorating kick lately, I'm almost done, I promise. While I do enjoy the promise of spring, and sunny joy that summer brings, I'll always be an autumn kind of girl. The colors, the smell in the air, the warm days and cool nights, it's all good. So when autumn does roll around, I try to soak it up and bring it into my home.
Exhibit A: wax dipped leaves strung across my living room window.
I saw the idea here on Martha Stewart quite some time ago, and have just been waiting for the leaves to turn so I can preserve them in their autumnal glory.
So during the afternoon a couple of days ago, Bo, Addie and myself took a stroll through our backyard and down the street looking for bright leaves.
We collected as many different shapes and colors as we could find within a reasonable walking distance.
Then I took my big block of wax that I've had for years and cut it into smaller pieces. The kids helped me out by putting all the pieces in a small pot, and we put it over a medium-high element. Once the wax was completely melted and clear, it was time to dip the leaves. Oh, you may want to use a pot that's not near and dear to your heart...the wax was pretty difficult to clean out of my pot. Thankfully I used one that was pretty beat up already.
The kids took turns pinching each leaf stem with my (cheap-o) kitchen tongs, dipping the leaf into the wax, letting it drip off for a few seconds, dipping it again, then laying them out on a sheet of waxed paper to let the wax set. I don't think you'd need to dip them twice, we just wanted to.
Once the wax has firmed up, the leaved are perfectly preserved...fun, huh?
We kept dipping and dripping and laying the leaves out until the table was cleared.
On a quick side note, be sure your wax stays hot enough. When the wax starts to cool it gets cloudy and clumpy as you dip the leaves in...see?
That's just not nearly as pretty as when the wax is clear and smooth. But don't sweat it, just pop your wax back on the element and it'll heat back up in no time.
Once we were done dipping and the wax was set, I took a sewing needle and some strong thread and strung up the leaves to display across our living room window.
I love the way the sun shines through the leaves in the mid-afternoon.
I hope you enjoyed today's post, I think it's the last fall themed post I'll do. Now I'd really better get started on some costumes for the kids, halloween will be here in no time at all!
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