- Candle wax
- Chisel or screwdriver
- Small pail
- Old tin can
- Hot plate or stove
- Old saucepan
- Natural leaves
- Waxed paper
1. Select leaves. Choose leaves that are complete and in good shape. They need not be dry.
2. Break wax into small pieces using hammer and chisel. Place wax into old tin can and place can in water in saucepan. Water should be at least 1/3 the depth of the pan. Place pan over low to medium heat. Water will bubble and melt wax in can. NEVER put can of wax directly on the burner. After the wax is melted, remove the can and the saucepan from the stove and place it on a covered surface.
3. Prepare drying surface. Spread waxed paper on a flat surface.
4. Dip leaves. Holding leaf by stem, dip leaf into hot wax. Suspend in the air for about 30 seconds. Lay on waxed paper to dry.