How to Preserve the Beauty of Fall Leaves

Wondering how to preserve the beauty of fall leaves so you can use them in decorating and crafts? Check out two easy ways to keep them looking stunning!

The fall season is the one time of the year that the leaves may actually be prettier than flowers. If you want to preserve those beautiful autumn colors, there are some things you should know to ensure a proper preservation of this beautiful foliage.

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Here is how to preserve the beauty of fall leaves.

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Collecting leaves

Before you can begin to preserve the leaves, you need to collect the right ones. You to choose leaves that are flat and avoid ones that have been damaged by rain or people walking on them. Also, avoid leaves that show signs of decay, like brown spots as well as leaves that are dry.

Preserving leaves


You can either use the wax paper method or the glycerin one to preserve fall leaves.


For this method, you will need:

How To preserve Leaves

  • Take two pieces of wax paper and place one leaf at a time in between the two pieces.
  • Lay the thin towel over the wax paper,
  • then pass the iron over the towel, sealing the two wax sheets.
  • You will need to apply the iron for 3-4 minutes per side. Then, just peel the wax paper away from the leaf, leaving a wax coating to preserve the leaf.


This method will preserve them, leaving them fairly flexible as compared to the wax paper method. The solution is a mixture of glycerin and water. It works due to the fact that the moisture in leaves is removed and replaced with the solution.

For this method, you will need:

  • Glycerin,
  • Water
  • Rock or something else that is heavy and leaves.

How to preserve leaves using glycerin method

  • Make a solution of two parts water and one part glycerin, about one cup.
  • In a flat pan, add the leaves and then the solution.
  • Add the rock so that the leaves are submerged.
  • Leave the leaves in the solution for 4-6 days and then dry gently with a paper towel.

Have you ever preserved fall leaves? Which method did you use? Tell me.

6 thoughts on “How to Preserve the Beauty of Fall Leaves”

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    preserved autumn leaves make a wonderful picture on a dining table when you have guests. Thanks for posting this 🙂

  2. Cool tricks! Who wouldn’t love to preserve fall leaves, they have wonderful colors. Thanks for sharing these, it would be fun to do!

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