Fall Activity: Pressed Wax Paper Leaves

I have fond memories collecting leaves and acorns as a little girl with my parents. We would spend what felt like hours outside playing in the crisp Fall air and finding little treasures in the yard. Then my mother would bring me in and we would lay out our findings and organize them by color and shape. We would create little artworks and I would impatiently watch while my mother pressed them between wax paper and ironed them to stick. Then we would hang our creations in the windows on display for the neighbors and squirrels to see. I now get to partake in this fun and easy activity with my daughter and it makes me happy just thinking about it. I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or her!

Here is what you need to make your own pressed leaf creations:

  • Leaves, flowers, grasses or anything that can be pressed flat
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Two dish towels or a bath towel
  • Scissors

Instructions: Place a dish towel down on a table or countertop that won’t be harmed by a little heat. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the dish towel. Arrange your leaves on the wax paper. When you are done arranging, cover it with another piece of wax paper that is the same size. Make sure the wax sides are facing one another. Place the other dish towel on top and iron until the wax paper sticks together. Trim the edges and you’re done. Hang your creations in windows for a fun display.

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