DIY: Wax Pressed Autumn Leaves

July 5th, 2013 No Comments

AutumnLeavesWell we’ve done the winter pine cone bird feeder, now on to something else I use to do as a child. Wax paper pressed leaves.  This craft is usually done with autumn leaves that have turned colour, but it can be done with green leaves as well.  It’s a great way to decorate for a gorgeous rustic feel in the home.


I have always been a nature lover, maybe that’s why a lot of these crafts from when I was a kid have to do with it.  This decorating DIY is a wonderful activity for kids, of all ages.  Although, a capable adult is recommended as it involves a hot iron.  😉


Wax Pressed Autumn Leaves


What You’ll Need:

  • Leaves (without tears or insect damage, collect leaves off the ground or directly from the tree.)
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing Surface
  • Towel, cloth, rag


What You’ll Do:

  1. Cover your ironing surface with an old towel.
  2. Sandwich your leaves between two pieces of wax paper and place on the towel; place a cloth rag on top.
  3. Press a hot iron (without steam) to seal the wax sheets together. This takes about 2-5 minutes on each side, depending on how moist the leaf is. Once you have finished one side, flip the leaf over and do the other side.
  4. Cut around the leaf, leaving a small margin of wax paper to ensure that it will stay sealed.


What Now?:

Tip #1 – Take your cut outs and string them as beautiful and natural garland for windows, walls, doorways, etc.

Tip #2 – Frame your pressed leaves for a wonderfully rustic feel to a bare wall.

Tip #3 – String individual leaves from a hanging light for a lovely fall chandelier effect.

Tip #4 – Glue your leaves to lamp shades for a warm autumn glow.

Tip #5 – Put several leaves in the wax paper to make a natural place mat for the table.

Tip #6 – Hang individual leaves from ceilings.

Tip #7 – Place cut out leaves of bookshelves, mantels or table runners.

Tip #8 – Tape individual leaves to window panes.




About the author

I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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