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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pressing Leaves



While the leaves on the trees are still mostly green here in our area soon they will be changing beautiful colors of fall. My grandmother loved the fall season and the beautiful colors that God provided for us. One thing that she often did was practice the age old art of pressing leaves. To begin with she would take a fall walk and look at all the beauty that the leaves provided. She then would choose just the right leaves according to her sense of sight that she would press. These leaves may have been picked up off the ground or selected off the trees. 




After selecting leaves to dry the next step is to dry them. Take two sheets of newspaper and place on either side of the leaf. Then Stack inside of heavy books. These leaves should stay place for at least 24 hours. 

Now the pressing takes place. The leaves should be placed between two sheets of wax paper. An iron on medium heat should be used to slowly iron over the entire leaf. Press for about 10 seconds. Repeat for each leaf that you desire to press. Let the leaves cool for a bit. You can use these pressed leaves in a variety of ways




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    1. me too I did it a lot with my grandmother and aunt two very crafty individuals

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  2. I used to make some of dry leaves project in school back in my high school days. Thanks for reminding me how to do it!

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