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When I was a child some 50 years ago, everyone I know made a leaf collection in the fall. The method was simple. Place a leaf between two pieces of wax paper. Place this on a newspaper and cover with more newspaper. Iron the newspaper. The heat from the iron would melt the wax of the wax paper and the two pieces of wax paper – with the leaf in between – would stick together. Your leaf would be preserved in between the wax paper.
So I thought I would recreate this activity from my childhood and make a leaf collection. I must say that I was a little disappointed in the result. While the technique did work, it was hard to see the details of the leaf through the wax paper. So I thought I would try to see if I could improve on the technique. Here is what I came up with.
In this activity, he leaf will be placed between a piece of wax paper and plastic wrap. Since the leaf will not stick to the plastic wrap, it is important to coat the leaf with wax. This will cause the leaf to stick to the plastic wrap.
If it is done right, the plastic wrap on the top of the leaf allows you t see the fine detail of the leaf much better than a covering of wax paper.
If you have identified your leaf, you might want to type a label and press that with your leaf.
Once your leaf is preserved, you can cut around the leaf and tape it on to a window. It will make an attractive decoration when the sin shines through it.