Friday, October 25, 2019

How To Dry and Preserve Leaves

Oak leaf

I love walking though leaves in Autumn,
 hearing them crunch under my feet. 
I pick some up as their
 beautiful colours catch my eye.

I have an easy way of drying and 
preserving them, to make an inexpensive
 Fall decoration for my table.

This is so simple and doesn't cost a penny. 

I place them in a book, 
usually a large heavy book for a few days,
about a week. 

and viola....they appear pressed.

Maple leaves

Some books I use.
My favourite is a large atlas.
I put a heavy weight on top about a week. 

Maple leaves come in many pretty colours.
from orange, yellow, rust, green, brown and reds

What I do with them?

I place them on my table and cover with a clear plastic.
Makes a nice fall tablecloth.

A nice activity and learning 
experience for children.

The colours blend well with fall cushions.

This pic below is my daughter's table I did a few yrs. ago.
My Grandkids and I collected leaves on our walks.

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers"
by Lucy M. Montgomery-Author of Anne of Green Gables.

Thanks to the Sherbrooke Record
for featuring this blog in their newspaper.

Another blog I did on Autumn colours, click here. to view.

Thanks for your visit xo💚💛


  1. I looks beautiful, Thelma. I love how you incorporate them in your table!

    Thanks for stopping by to see me the other day! I love it when you visit.

  2. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday .

  3. Thanks for your tips:-)) I must start looking for nice leaves:-)

  4. That makes a nice table decoration. When I was in college I took an ocean biology class. We collected seaweed and used fancy presses to flatten and dry them. The result was very beautiful. It's hard to press flowers or leaves when I read with a Kindle. Just kidding. - Margy

    1. I must try seaweed. I live near the beach in Eastern Canada. Thanks for the idea. Thelma.

  5. Your dried leaves are beautiful, Thelma, and they do make a lovely decoration. You could use them for all kinds of decorating. The children would indeed find them educational as well. Thank you for sharing and joining me for No Place Like Home. Hugs...Sandi

  6. So pretty!! When I was a kid, I used to pick them and put them in a book between sheets of wax paper...Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  7. Am visiting from No Place Like Home party. This is really beautiful. I love that you incorporate some of the gorgeous leaves into your decor. What a great idea to put them under the plastic tablecloth.

    Patti @ This Beautiful Life

  8. What a lovely idea to use them on your table under clear plastic! I have pressed leaves for years in heavy books as you describe.

    Another thing I like to do with leaves is to scan them using my scanner and computer. Then I will always have the image of the leaf I picked up, with all of its unique color preserved.

    1. What a great idea. Thanks for your visit.

  9. I never thought of saving the leaves. They are so pretty, especially the rich burgundy ones. This looks like an easy idea.


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