The kids have clearly taken over the whole range of DIY and crafty activities I’ve been doing these past 5 years. It’s something that every now and then makes me mourn the days before offspring when I would create whatever, whenever I wanted.
But mostly, I embrace it wholeheartedly, since there has always been an old apron wearing Waldorf teacher somewhere hidden inside of me, and this is the opportunity to set her free.
Anyhow, preserving some beautiful fall leaves in beeswax is a perfectly fine activity for any fall loving grown up, but also easily done with little ones. Warm, sweet smelling beeswax adds a layer of warmth to it all, and that’s all what we long for this time of year anyways, adult or not.
Beeswax (If you don’t have your own hive or saved up collection of beeswax candle stumps, call your local beekeeper/beekeeper association to find local wax)
Double boiler (A tin can in an old saucepan with hot water will do. We use a tiny thrifted slow cooker that now only serves for beeswax melting purposes)
Fall leaves with stems
Paper to cover your table
String to hang your leaves
How it’s done:
Melt your beeswax by warming it in the tin in a water bath by boiling the water in the old saucepan, or heating up your old slow cooker on low. Warning, wax will inevitably be spilled if you’re anything like me, so a saucepan/slow cooker that’s still near and dear to your heart is not the best choice here. Depending on your method, this might take a while. I turn on the slow cooker a couple of hours before leaf dipping.
Place the tin can with hot wax or the slow cooker on a stable spot. With kids, you could place the tin in a pot with sand, to avoid someone tipping the tin over. I usually place the slow cooker on the floor on top of old paper.
Choose some bright colored leaves with long stems, especially if little hands join you. Hold the leaf by the stem, and dip it into the wax. Let the wax drip off for a moment before placing the leaf on the old paper to dry.When fully dried, tie the leaves to a string as a garland, stick them on your window or hang them on a stick as an easy made mobile.
If you’re a better in advance thinker than I am, collect the leaves a couple of days before, and press them in newspaper between the pages of a thick book. This will make for neater, flatter leaves.