Though there are several methods for pressing leaves, the easiest is with weight.
Bring a bit of fall into your home by decorating with pressed leaves. You can simply place leaves on top of your mantel or shelves. You can also decorate your tables with pressed leaves by arranging the leaves on a white tablecloth and covering them with a glass top or another sheer tablecloth.
You can create beautiful fall wall art with pressed leaves. Simply sandwich the pressed leaves between two plates of glass in a picture frame -- it will look like the leaves are floating in the frame. You can also glue the pressed leaves to a fabric or paper background before framing.
Some pressed leaves will crumble after a period of time, so use a spray preservative, which you can find at craft stores, to help them remain intact as long as possible. Though this product is usually used for dried flowers, it will work just as well for pressed leaves.
Kids love pressing leaves but sometimes don't have the patience to wait a week or more for the leaves to flatten using the book/weight method. You can help your children create pretty pressed leaves in just a few minutes. All you need are leaves, wax paper and a clothes iron.
Your children can use the pressed leaves in a variety of ways: They can cut the leaves out and hang them from the ceiling, decorate an old lamp shade or use them as bookmarks. They can also use the sheets of wax paper and leaves as special place mats for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall meal.
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