This is the first year I’ve done wax paper leaves with my girls, but I did it growing up with my mom and decided it was time to give it a try with my 3 and 4 year olds.
First we took old crayons in shades of turned leaves (yellow, brown, red, green and orange is what we used).
Next we put a long sheet of wax paper on the table and used a grater to shave the crayons onto the wax paper.
Then we put the wax paper with the shavings onto an ironing board on the floor with a towel on it.
Then we covered the wax paper and crayon shavings with another piece of wax paper and then paper towels.
Then we ironed it (without steam).
The wax will come off onto the paper towels some.
When all the crayon wax is melted let it cool.
Next we took some fall mini leaf cookie cutters I had and traced them onto the wax paper and cut them out.
We taped them to our back glass slider doors for fun fall decor!
I had a blast doing these with my kids, thanks for stopping by
We are blessed to have two huge trees in our front yard that shed pretty yellow colored leaves each fall. My girls really love the leaves because they look like the “star leaves” from the kids movie Land Before Time. They call them dinosaur leaves. Well they have begun changing and falling, and even though our entryway now has a warm fall painting (from my previous post) I decided it was still too empty. The girls and I went out one day last week and picked a bunch of pretty yellow leaves and brought them inside and pressed them all morning and through nap time between wax paper under very heavy books. While they were napping I got out my paraffin wax melter I had gotten at a garage sale for 5 dollars brand new never used (great for feet and hands) and I melted some paraffin wax so it was ready to go when they got up.
When they got up we used my scrapbooking heart punch and punched a heart out of the middle of half of the leaves and kept the hearts to put on the unpunched ones.
After we punched out the hearts we dipped the leaves by the stem (the girls loved doing this and giggled the whole time). At first I let them lay on wax paper to dry until I realized that doing so made the back half of the leaf’s wax come off! Evidently the hot wax on wax made it stick to the wax paper. So I found just setting them on the kitchen counter was fine and when dry they came right up totally in tact. I dipped the punched hearts (since there was no stem to keep tiny fingers safe) and then laid them directly on the unpunched leaves (previously dipped). The hot wax was adhesive enough.
Once they were all dry I laid them out in a pattern that I liked..
Next I took some twine from our gardening stuff and tied a single knot around each stem spacing the leaves approximately the same distance apart until they were all tied on and then I hung it in our entryway. Now I really love how fall it looks
Well there it is, when we were done Katie laughed and said, “We are so silly momma, dipping leaves in wax.” I’ll be silly with my girls any day, these memories are priceless to me.
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