I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that fall is here! It is my favorite season, and there is so much to look forward to! Holidays, our kids’ birthdays, cooler weather- it’s always a special season for us! The leaves are already turning and falling, and there is so much beauty to take in before winter arrives. In our county, people actually come on giant buses to look at the leaves changing colors. We are so blessed to live in such a place of beauty! The kids and I were looking for a way to bring a little of this beauty into the house, so we decided to do this easy fall kids craft of preserving fall leaves in wax.
This craft couldn’t be any simpler, and it’s perfect to do with little ones under supervision. My kids are 5 and 3 and were able to help me dip our leaves without any issues. Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:
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- Beeswax (This is what we used Beesworks Beeswax Pellets, Yellow, 1lb-Cosmetic Grade-Triple Filtered Beeswax.)
- Leaves- You want them to be dry, so we chose ours then let them sit about 24 hours before dipping
- Tweezers to hold onto the stems
- Parchment paper to set them on after dipping
- Twine to hang your leaves
- A branch
How to Preserve your Fall Leaves
Melt about two ounces of beeswax over a double boiler. I just used a small pot with about an inch of water, brought it to a simmer, then set a small stainless bowl on top. You don’t want the bowl to be sitting in the water, so make sure it doesn’t touch the water in the pot. Pour the wax into the bowl and allow it to melt, but do not allow the wax to boil.
Using the tweezers to hold the stems of your leaves, very carefully dip the leaves into the melted wax. Dip the leaves enough to cover the leaves completely. Watch little fingers- the wax will be very hot! Lay your dipped leaves on a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow the wax to dry completely before using.
To complete our craft, we found a branch outside in the yard. Using simple twine we have used for many homemade decorations, we first tied around the stems of the leaves, Cut the twine at different lengths, and tie them to your branch. You could even create beautiful preserved fall leaf garland by stringing your leaves together. Use your preserved fall leaves however you want. The possibilities are endless!
This easy fall kids craft is so simple and a beautiful way to bring a little bit of the fall beauty we all love inside. What are some of your favorite fall activities? What are you loving about fall? Share below in the comments. I’d love to hear some of your fall favorites! Don’t forget to subscribe to get updated with every new post and follow on Instagram at AbundantLifeHomestead.