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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.)

Keeping the Color

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013

Introduction

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.

materials

  • Pure liquid glycerin (available at drugstores)

  • Water

  • Leaves

  • Paper towels

  • Shallow dish

steps

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

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