Last month we visited my sister and took a picnic in the canyon.
RJ collected a grocery sack of fall leaves, and I thought of something to make with them.
So first to preserve them and prevent them drying out and cracking, I soaked the leaves for 4 days in:2 c. water
1 c. glycerin
I laid all the leaves in a cookie sheet and poured the glycerin solution on top, then put another cookie sheet stacked on top to keep them flat.
After a few days, the leaves feel soft and leathery. I just rinsed them off and let them dry.
Then to make the garland, I sewed them all together with a long stitch length to reduce the number of holes in them.
After a few feet, I thought it would have been better to use invisible thread.
But in the end I probably ended up with 15 feet of garland, so this is doubled, then looped in our dining area.
You can always buy the fake ones, but I like the fact this is actually real leaves and has a lot of different colors in it...plus it was free!
I'm not sure how long it will last, I'm hoping a few years.
The glycerin really makes the leaves have quite a long life span from other projects I've done.