Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves

Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves Recipe

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Janice Bartholome


I wanted to share an idea for those of you setting a pretty table. If you're using real autumn leaves, you can gather them a couple of days ahead and use this trick to preserve them (for a week or so) and make them even more beautiful than God's originals.

Throw them away after Thanksgiving; they won't keep until next year.


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1 bottle
old-fashioned floor wax (like johnson's)
real autumn leaves
an old shallow pan or tray with a lip

How to Make Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves


  • 1If the leaves are dusty, rinse them off and let them dry completely.
  • 2Pour 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.
  • 3Lay 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!)
  • 4Once 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.
  • 5To 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.

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About Easy Waxed Autumn Leaves

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #Thanksgiving

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