Fall has finally arrived at the cottage! And the trees are being set
ablaze with vibrant color.
This is my favorite season of the year—a special time when
nature offers up its bounty for creative
decorating and crafting.
I love to take leisurely walks—around the yard and through the woods—
to gather a lavish supply of pretty leaves
to be dried for future projects.
My search usually yields a variety of fabulous
colors, shapes, and sizes.
Its really amazing the variety of hues that
one single tree can provide!
And I make a point of gathering several groups of leaves
that remain joined together,
...as well as those of various sizes, but of the same type.
Once I've accumulated an ample supply, I'm ready to let my fingers
do the walking through the preservation process.
My method of choice just happens to be the old tried-and-true
approach of pressing leaves between book pages.
Do you have an old phone directory lying around?
I've found they perform the trick beautifully.
I start by cutting several sheets of plain white
tissue paper into squares...
and arranging the newly gathered leaves on half of each sheet.
It's actually easier to place the paper inside the book first,
then position the leaves where you want them.
After folding the remaining half of the paper over—to cover the leaves—
I sandwich it all between a handful of the book's pages.
When I'm satisfied that I've filled it with as many leaves as it will accommodate,
I place a few very heavy books on top to press it all flat.
I then leave everything in a dry, moisture-free area—undisturbed—
for at least a week.
Once the leaves are completely dry, they can be used for any of a
number of decorating or craft projects.
One of my very favorite craft uses involves the book Look What I did With a Leaf!
by Morteza E. Sohi. It is a wonderful resource that provides hours of
creative fun for the whole family. And it's the perfect way to
show off all those gorgeous jewels of the forest
you've carefully preserved. ; )