Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves
Throw them away after Thanksgiving; they won't keep until next year.
How to Make Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves
- If the leaves are dusty, rinse them off and let them dry completely.
- Pour some wax into a shallow dish, like an old tray or baking sheet with a lip all around, and lay the leaves in it-- first the back side, then the front. Just dip them and take them out. They need to be completely coated, but they don't need to soak.
- Lay the leaves on waxed paper or foil to dry. I used to just lay them on my brick hearth (which also got a coat of Johnson's Wax before the Big Day!)
- Once they're completely dry, they will be shiny, and they'll stay pretty for days. You can scatter them on your table for a beautiful autumn look. Or let your creative juices kick into high gear with ways to use them. Throw them away after Thanksgiving; they won't keep until next year.
- To do a whole spray of leaves, for a vase or arrangement, try brushing the wax on both sides with a disposable artist's or sponge brush. If you only wax the top side, they will be shiny and pretty for a few hours, but they won't keep long.