Don't know about you guys, but I find it impossible to walk past the odd fallen leaf in the autumn, if it's a striking colour, and not pick it up. The kids can't help themselves either. So we pick them up. We stick them in our pockets or bags, full of hope and expectation. Some day, something amazing will happen to this leaf in my pocket! Of course what actually happens is that come December, I've got dried crispy leaf crumbs in every corner of every bag and pocket, as the leaves we had picked up were never pressed or dealt with, but left to desiccate next to the random coins and leftover sandwiches that never see the light of day.
That was then. This year is different. This year I discovered beeswax. The handy little natural wax produced in the beehive of honey bees. Not - as my daughter assumed - in the bees' ears. It turns out, it's the elixir of life for a leaf. When melted, you can dip a leaf into it and the leaf will keep its glorious autumn shape and colour FOREVER - or at least until it's time to pick leaves up again next year. Genius right?
What you need:
- Colourful autumn leaves
- Beeswax (melted, but not boiling)
Top tip: It's best to use leaves that have already fallen on the ground. If you pick them off a tree they may still change colour and go brown under the beeswax. Also, extra tip: use some old tupperware for the bain-marie process, as you'll probably have to throw it out after use.
Top quote: "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." Albert Camus