We got up this morning and took Beaner for a nice long walk down to the park. We strayed off the bike path and just wandered the whole way around the park in the woods along the river. I hadn’t planned on doing any crafting, but I kept coming upon beautiful fall leaves on the ground and couldn’t leaf them be. (hehehe!)
So I used the poop bag to collect a bunch of beautiful Maple leaves. (Don’t worry, it was a fresh poop bag, not yet used….just making that clear) By the time we got home I had almost every color of the rainbow…blue is the only color I was missing and good luck with that one!
In my craft stash I had a small bottle of Glycerin that my mom had given me for the purpose of preserving leaves. So I looked up instructions online, found about 10 different ways to do it and settled on the easiest. Here is what I did-
Use a shallow pan or bowl (I used a platter)
Mix 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water
Place leaves in pan and cover with mixture using rocks or weights to completely submerge leaves.
Check leaves after 4-6 days. (They should be supple – if not, continue to soak)
Pretty isn’t it? I loved to contrast of the smooth stones against the jagged edges and bright colors of the leaves. I had collected the rocks a few years ago on the shores of Lake Superior. I love it when things look beautiful unintentionally. I won’t have a problem letting this little craft sit around for 4-6 days. :)
This is the first I’ve tried preserving leaves so check back in a few days to see how they turn out! Keep your fingers crossed!