We’ve been collecting lovely Autumn leaves over the last few weeks and noticed how they seem to curl up and become crunchy after just a few days, so we thought we’d try a few different methods to learn how to preserve leaves.
How to preserve leaves
Sticky back plastic
Anything else you want to try
Instructions for preserving leaves
Select three leaves of a similar size.
Paint one with PVA glue on both sides and leave to dry.
Cover one with sticky back plastic on both sides and press down gently to seal.
Leave one leaf as it is – this is the control
Observe the changes over a few days.
Did it work?
We found our control leaf curled up and became crunchy after 3 days.
The PVA covered leaf stayed softer, but did curl up a little.
The sticky back plastic leaf remained flat.
Why do you think the leaves dry out?
Can you think of anything else we could try to preserve the leaves?
We used our new found knowledge to create some fun leaf people, hopefully preserving them in the sticky back plastic.
What do you think?
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Last Updated on August 2, 2019 by Emma Vanstone
Annie at Fable & Folk
Oh these are so cute! I love the idea of making leaf men like this. One for half term next week me thinks! Thank you for joining in Emma x
Maybe the leaf in plastic stayed soft because that leaf managed to keep it’s moisture. Just a guess, what do you think ?
Anyway nice article. Brings back old memories 🙂