Thanksgiving Prep Part 1

By Melessa

If you still have a few gorgeous leaves left on your lawn then you might be interested in this craft.  It is super easy, and very elegant.

Next week I’ll show you how to decorate with these leaves, but first in order to have them stay vibrant and beautiful we need to preserve them.


  1. Collect your favorite types leaves.
  2. Purchase glycerin.  I purchased mine at Walgreens.  You’ll need to go to the pharmacy and ask.  They usually keep it behind the counter.
  3. Mix the glycerin and water.  One part glycerin and two parts water.
  4. Pour the solution into a flat pan, add leaves to the solution, and then add some kind of weight on the leaves to keep them submerged.  I’m using another smaller pan.


5. Keep the leaves submerged in the solution for 2-6 days.


6. Dry the leaves gently with a paper towel or tea towel.

Stay tuned for next week when I show you easy yet stunning ways to use these leaves…

P.S. Remember my very first craft when I showed you how to paint newspaper and then cut leaf shapes out? Well, if preparing and preserving real leaves seems like a bit much for you, you can use (or reuse) the painted newspaper leaves.  Just thought I’d mention it.


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  • Elane Teasdale
    November 11, 2016 at 6:01 am

    How do you still have lovely leaves on the ground. All mine are brown. I will have to save this for next year. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 11, 2016 at 6:32 am

      If your leaves are brown don’t worry. You can make your own leaves from paper or buy fake ones.

  • Amy
    November 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    My, what lovely leaves! Whoever had those in her yard must be a very, very lovely person. 🙂

  • Allison T.
    November 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Nina will love this project, she loves to collect leaves! I just found some leaves she had saved from last year, she had put them all in a notebook.

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      So sweet! Jessica is a huge fan of leaf art too. This year, she collected some huge ones, then placed paper over them and used a crayon and made a rubbing.

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