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Video:How to Preserve a Leaf in a Frame

with Daniel Pilpe

Learn how to preserve a leaf in a frame using these helpful instructions. Here, see step-by-step tips for how to properly preserve a leaf in a frame.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Preserve a Leaf in a Frame

Hi I am Daniel Pilpe for About.com, and today we are going to learn how to preserve and frame a leaf.

Supplies for Preserving a Leaf in a Frame

Let's get started, to start we are going to need:
  • a picture frame
  • some leaves
  • construction paper
  • wax paper
  • some glue
  • a towel
  • and an iron

Instructions for How to Preserve a Leaf in a Frame

Now if you are a child, please have an adult in the room supervising; safety first. Take the towel lay it flat on a hard surface, then you are going to take a piece of wax paper and put it on top of your towel. Take your leaf and put it on top of the wax paper. Take a second piece of wax paper and put it on top of your leaf. Fold the towel over covering both the towel and the leaf, now for the next part; please be careful when using your iron.

Tips for Preserving a Leaf in a Frame

Make sure that you iron is to the highest setting, if there is a steam option use the steam of the iron. Make sure to iron the whole surface of the towel, after you are done flip the towel over and repeat the process. Once you are done open the towel and remove the wax paper from the leaf, be very careful not to hurt the leaf. As you can see the leaf is now shiny, that is the wax of the paper that is now on the leaf to protect it. Now you are going to take the construction paper and lay it down,adding glue to any of the areas where you want the leaves to go. Give it enough time to dry, then take you picture frame and you are going to put your construction paper in your picture frame. Make sure not to hurt the leaves or brake your frame.

Now that you have done that, your art work has come to life. Thank you for watching, to learn more visit us at About.com
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