Occasionally I surprise myself, though, by finding a kid-friendly craft that I can tolerate and dare I say enjoy. And it's always a bonus if the end result is pleasing to the eyes! So what did I tackle today? Preserving leaves in beeswax!
I followed the instructions on Martha Stewart Crafts *gasp* and the end result is quite lovely. Here's a quick run down of how it flowed in our abode.....
First, the kids & I took a long walk around the "big block" and gathered our favorite leaves.
We aimed for a variety of colors, shapes & sizes.
Next, we chose our absolute favorites to preserve as fall decoration.
The hardest part of the entire project was chopping off a chunk of beeswax. I didn't want to waste my whole pound & ultimately discovered that a hammer & flat head screwdriver works beautifully.
The beeswax was then melted in a double boiler.
The fun part was dipping the individual leaves. Kaiya & Ezra lost interest the moment we came home from our walk but Simone stuck with me through the sorting, chopping & dipping.
We then lay the leaves out on a drying rack, where they still rest. It's not that they're not dry but rather that I don't have the time to finish today. The plan is to hang a piece of jute string on the fireplace mantle & clothespin the leaves to the string.
|Photo, compliments of Simone|
Final photo to come!