At this time of year, I always yearn to find some way to preserve the brilliant fall colors all around me – I love to watch the leaves turn red, yellow, and orange, but I know that the time is fleeting, and I wanted to be able to make that color last a little while. One of the leaf projects I’ve tried this fall is leaf pressing. It’s very simple – just select the brightest and freshest leaves, sandwich them between pieces of wax paper, and press them between the pages of heavy books for a week or so. Then, arrange them against cream-colored cardstock and frame them.
I thought I might need to put spray adhesive on the backs of the leaves to keep them in place in the frame, but they stayed on their own once they were locked in there. When they’re pressed, they lose some of their brilliant color, but I think they’re still beautiful. I’m curious to see how well they are preserved in the frames – will they lose more color or start to crumble? I hung the series of three frames on a wall that doesn’t get any direct sunlight – maybe that will help them last longer.Pin It