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Fall Leaves: Beeswax Dipped Leaves {Simple DIY}

Fall Leaves: Beeswax Dipped Leaves {Simple DIY}

We have been enjoying all the beautiful fall leaves lately and wanted to preserve them so we could enjoy them throughout the season and next. We discovered a simple way to do so and are excited to share this simple DIY with you! To learn how to preserve fall leaves with beeswax, please continue reading below.

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Preserve Your Leaves with Beeswax

Step 1. Begin by going on a nature walk and collecting all the beautiful red, orange, and yellow fall leaves you can find. We selected the slightly dried out but not so crunchy leaves.

Step 2. Melt your beeswax. We have a dedicated container that we use only for melting beeswax and would recommend you do the same. To melt your beeswax, place your container over a pot of boiling water, place your beeswax in, and allow it to melt. Keep the heat low – it won’t take long to melt the wax but you don’t want to rush the process.

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This is a good test of patience. 😉 While you wait for the wax to melt, take a few breaths in and enjoy the sweet smell of melting beeswax. Trust me on this – it smells soooo good!

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Step 3. Once the beeswax has melted, you can lower your heat even more.

Beeswax Melting Tip: The wax doesn’t need to be too deep (not more than a couple inches) as you can lay the leaves down in the beeswax as you dip them. Of course, more beeswax in your container is perfectly fine too!

Step 4: Pick up your first leaf (Miss 2 enjoyed handing me the leaves for this activity) using a pair of tongs. I used something similar to these olive wood toast tongs.

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Step 5: After you’ve dipped a leaf, allow the beeswax to drip off it and then place it on a sheet of parchment paper to cool.

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Once cool, display your leaves around your home. You could string them and make a garland, attach them to the wall by using clothespins, or place them in a wooden bowl for display.

The leaves feel so good to the touch, smell amazing, and look beautiful in the sunlight. Beeswax-coated leaves is a must-do activity and truly is so simple!

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Beeswax coated leaves would also make a fantastic addition to your child’s nature table, along with a magnifying glass, and perhaps a book on leaves.

If you have younger children that you are concerned may try to eat or tear the leaves (tearing one or two leaves may be part of their exploring process and is fine but you probably wouldn’t want them tearing up all the leaves), you could place a leaf or two inside these blocks. Your children can still enjoy looking at their nature finds but you wouldn’t have to worry about them ingesting anything when you aren’t watching. 🙂

To see more book suggestions that would pair well with this fall activity, please see our Fall Morning Basket favorites here.

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Jennifer

Monday 14th of October 2019

Hello! I tried to follow the link for the blocks you recommended to make exploration safer for young toddlers/babies but it didn't work. Would you please describe the blocks or post another link? Thanks!

The Art Kit

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Hi! Yes, they are wood blocks made by Guidecraft with a clear middle area so that you can see through to the inside. Here's another link here. Hopefully this one works!