Wax Leaf Pressing with Kids

[ 1 ] October 24, 2012 |

Wax leaf pressing is an easy way to preserve the beautiful fall foliage. Hiking outdoors this time of year to find the leaves first, is half the fun.


  • wax paper
  • thin towel
  • warmed Iron
  • leaves


  • Find a leaf on a tree or on the ground (that is fresh and not curled or brittle).
  • Place the leaf between two layers of wax paper with plenty of room to trim and preserve the wax “seal.”
  • Cover the wax paper with a towel – a thin dish towel, pillowcase, or paper towels work best.
  • Preheat the iron (medium dry heat). Evenly iron over the towel which separates the iron from the wax paper. The heat from the iron melts the wax paper (the towel prevents the wax paper from sticking to the iron), sealing the leaf between the wax paper sheets.
  • Trim the wax paper specimen to hang in the window, as a placemat or to fit in a standard three-ring sheet protector.
    Bonus Activity: Identify leaves and label. Keep your collection in a three-ring notebook binder.

If you want to preserve the individual beauty of each leaf, try “waxing” them using melted paraffin. Visit the Clover Lane website for an excellent tutorial on how-to wax leaves.


Category: crafts, nature/science, seasonal

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. amy says:

    Nice! I haven’t tried this method but goodness knows we have *plenty* of leaves!!

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