I hope everyone reading this is safe and sound after the wrath of Sandy.

We are still without power in most of our little village, and I am more grateful than ever for my always-thinking husband, who got us a generator after last October‘s freaky storm (what up, October???).
noah, leaves

When I saw the avalanche of leaves surrounding my house, I knew it was time share this little DIY project…..I think you’ll love it.

preserving autumn leaves

Remember before Pinterest? Remember cutting out articles from magazines – recipes, gardening articles, craft ideas – and putting them in folders, to be brought out and baked/planted/created later?

I had many such folders – labeled everything from “kids holiday ideas”, to “garden inspiration”, and my favorite – just plain “seasonal”.


Today’s post is brought to you by “seasonal” – and dare I say, the world’s record for craft idea that never got made.

Till now.

I loved this idea for preserving autumn leaves as soon as I saw it in Martha Stewart, but somehow never got around to doing it. And then the article got buried in the folder. And then at some point the folder got discarded.

I had no idea it had been this long.

martha stewart, preserving autumn leaves

I love creating arrangements with whatever is fresh, available and in season – all the better if I can find it right outside my door. But don’t limit yourself to just placing some of these lovely leaves in a bowl. I bet together we can think of a ton of ways to get creative.

I’ll start, okay?

How about a place card for the holiday table?

preserving autumn leaves, place card

preserving autumn leaves, place card


Okay, your turn – let’s see how many ideas we can come up with – I’d love to link to all of yours too!

Preserved Autumn Leaves
Adapted from Home Science Tools*

Fresh leaves
Glycerin (available at most craft and drug stores)
2 shallow pans (I like to use the disposable aluminum ones, which usually come in a 2-pack)
A baking sheet that is larger than the pans, to catch any drips
A weight to keep the leaves submerged

Place one of the pans on your baking sheet. Mix two parts water to one part glycerin in the pan. Add your leaves, in a single layer. Top with the second pan and top that with your weight.

preserving autumn leaves

preserving autumn leaves

preserving autumn leaves

Keep the leaves submerged for 2-6 days. Remove from the solution and gently dry with a paper towel. The leaves will be soft and flexible, and will maintain their color without drying out.

*here’s the link to the original article from Martha, in case you were curious. I didn’t include it here as it was more for preserving entire branches of leaves, and required a LOT more glycerin.

Which, come to think of it, is probably why I never made these in the first place. Hey, I don’t feel so bad anymore!!


  1. Jen on November 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Two things:

    First, I can’t believe 1995 was 17 years ago. Second, I love this idea. I want to give it a try!

    • sherisilver on November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I’m soooo old. xo

  2. Jessie on November 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hope you get your power back on soon!! Ours was just restored within the hour. Joy! This is a beautiful project, thanks for sharing.

    • sherisilver on November 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Yay! We, sadly, have many days to go but hopefully next week we will be up and running!

  3. Marti on November 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I still can’t believe Sandy even occured It was the end of Oct I always thought hurricae season was over early to mid october anyway your okay your husband and child are okay and that’s what’s most important.
    I used to do the exact same thing with my articles, clothes, hair ideas etc etc but I used to categorize them in in clear envelopes in a binder lol We’ve come a long way haven’t we? lol

    • sherisilver on November 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I know – feeling VERY grateful indeed….

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