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leaf dipping magic

ashley manley2 Comments
leaf dipping magic
ashley manley

It was a cold day last winter that I was bundled up on my couch and read for the first time in a Wild + Free bundle about dipping leaves in beeswax.  I was so mesmerized by the photos and the final products, it almost broke my heart to look out the windows and see the empty cold trees covered with a thick blanket of winter.

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So, I made a mental note of this activity, and locked it away until the leaves bloomed like flowers in the fall.

And then, I waited.  

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Finally, it was here, and fall greeted me with colorful leaves and crisp kiss.  Finally, it was time. Finally.  We spent a week studying leaves this fall (see that lesson plan here!), and I made sure this activity was part of our week.  I ordered beeswax off of amazon (though I know it's also available at craft stores), lined my crockpot with both foil and a liner, and threw the pound of wax in.  For hours the kids and I checked on the progress and took deep breaths of the earthy beeswax smell that filled our house, waiting with anticipation.

When it was melted and ready, we started dipping, using clothespins for the preschooler, pulling them out to reveal magical fall treasures.  It was calming and magical, everything I hoped it would be.

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After we were finished dipping and the leaves were laying dry on the wax paper, I strung them up on fishing line to hang around our windows and doors, making our home a showcase of fall.

And now, along with grandma's pumpkin bread recipe and camping every halloween, fall will also include the tradition of dipping leaves in beeswax.

easy steps to leaf dipping:

Step 1: melt 1lb of beeswax (I used white beeswax in a small lined crockpot; high for 2-3 hours and then turned to low)

Step 2: slowly dip leaves into wax, fully covering the leaf, and pull out.  I held above the pot while the excess wax dripped off then laid on wax paper to thoroughly dry.

Step 3: string up with fishing line and needle and enjoy the loveliness.



have fun! xo Ashley

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PS

For photographers wondering, I shot this collection with my BFF, a mirrorless fuji x-t2 and 23mm f/1.4 and edited it in a snap with my go-to preset collection for fall, Bohemian Film from Pretty Presets for lightroom.