As we move towards Thanksgiving I always get a little sad to put away the fun décor and long for the color explosion out my window to not dwindle. Dipping leaves in Beeswax provides a sensory experience for the young and the old to enjoy and is fairly low cost and easy to do!
Around 30 minutes to dip the leaves depending on the quantity you dip. I hope your walks, drives, or bike rides to collect leaves last much longer! Let your children pick the most beautiful and perfect leaves!
An array of beautiful fall leaves
Fishing line or yarn
Beeswax pearls or pucks
- Melt your beeswax slowly in a double boiler (if you don't have a double boiler see below for a way to DIY or try the video here)
- While the wax melts, choose your very best, whole leaves and tie yarn or fishing line to the stem of each one.
- Cover the floor or surface with newspaper. Place a drying rack or another rack sort of device for the leaves to hang on (Ideas: hang them on the shower curtain rod, or pull a rope tight between two heavy objects like stacks of books or bricks.)
- Dip your leaves in the wax. Give them one good coating all the way to the stem.
- Hang to dry.
- Once the leaves are dry you can hang them in your window or link the yarn together to make a sweet garland for your mantel.
- Use a coffee can or something that can easily be recycled or thrown away. It saves you lots of time scrubbing.
- A glass bowl over a regular pot also works as long as the bowl sits above the water.
- When you finish, drain the melted wax into a jar to save for future projects.
I found little hockey puck pieces of Beeswax at Sundance Market on 24th and Hillyard. You can also find beeswax at Capella, Market of Choice, Whole Foods, Glory Bee, and Hummingbird Wholesale.
Really, out your door and throughout your neighborhood I am certain you will find plenty. However some very beautiful places to visit this time of year include:
- Gillespie Butte
- Eugene Masonic Cemetery
- River Path
- Dorris Ranch
- Ridgeline Trail
- South University District