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SINGING IN THE GARDEN

I still love to create with
nature, and fall offers so
many opportunities for fun.
Here are a few of my current favorite leaf crafts.
To preserve supple leaves
that will last for years, you
will want to soak them in
a glycerin-water bath. All
you need are a collection of flat leaves and a bottle of
vegetable glycerin which you can find at a pharmacy, big
box store, or grocery store.
Pour 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water into a pie plate
and mix well. Trim the stems. Then layer the leaves in the
glycerin mixture, press down with a plate so that they are
fully submerged, and wait.
When the glycerin is absorbed, usually in three to
four days, take the leaves out and spread them on paper
towels to dry. Yellows and greens hold their colors best,
while red fades a bit. Still, the result is quite lovely. I
like Mod-Podging my finished leaves on the outside of
Mason jars and then placing small candles inside. The

leaves are also pretty taped directly to a window.
Another way to save the leaves and many of the beautiful fall flowers you find is to press them. This is so easy
that I've done it with kids. Gather some newsprint or an
old phone book and some heavy books to weight things
down. Of course, if you have a flower press, all the better.
Space your flowers and leaves at least an inch apart on
the sheets of paper or between the pages of the phone
book. Then place your stack in an out-of-the way spot
and load three or four heavy books on top. In two weeks,
you will have some lovely leaves, petals and flowers to
press between sheets of clear contact paper for window
decorations, or to glue to white paper and laminate for
bookmarks. These, by the way, make lovely gifts.
There are so many other ways to use and preserve the
colors of fall. I encourage you to do an internet search.
The best part? Gathering your materials is a great excuse
for a hike on a crisp fall day.
So, go on. Make yourself a crown of leaves and grab
your walking stick. You will be king or queen of the forest,
and as you ramble about your domain, you can collect
more treasure to store away for a rainy day.

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