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Keeping the Color

When you craft with fall leaves, it’s best to preserve them so they don’t get brittle over time. (Pressed leaves keep their color but also become dry, making them best suited for framing.)




To incorporate leaves in a wreath or an arrangement, or to enjoy them spread out along the table as a centerpiece accent, use a glycerin solution to preserve them.


  • Pure liquid glycerin (available at drugstores)
  • Water
  • Leaves
  • Paper towels
  • Shallow dish


  1. Step 1

    Combine one part glycerin with two parts water in a shallow dish. Arrange the leaves in a single layer in the bath, making sure they’re fully submerged; allow them to soak for at least one day.

  2. Step 2

    Then remove them and gently lay them out on paper towels to dry.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2013



Reviews (3)

  • riddled 5 Jan, 2014

    looks like people online have said that Glycerin can be found commonly in the first aid section of grocery stores... near the rubbing alcohol and bandaids. If you don't see it, ask the pharmicist! :)
    Also, there is a note on a few blogs that vegetable glycerin is the same glycerin that works for leaf preserving.

  • Valerie Shaffer 30 Sep, 2013

    what type of glycerin? I'm thinking soap?

  • Sk8RMom 26 Sep, 2013

    I'm really excited to preserve some leaves for projects but the directions don't tell me what kind of glycerin to use!! I looked at amazon and there are a number of kinds, food grade, for skin, for soap making, etc. :-(