Preserve Beautiful Fall Branches and Create your own Swags and wreaths using simple ingredients from your own kitchen.

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  • Preserve Beautiful Fall Branches & Create your own Swags

    Preserve Beautiful Fall Branches & Create your own Swags
    Autumn is a wonderful time of year to take a walk through the woods or a local park to enjoy the gorgeous colors nature has to offer. Even better, it's a great time to collect the colorful leaves to preserve for years to come with a simple do it yourself two ingredient solution!

    Create your own gorgeous wreaths and swags naturally with the gorgeous colors of fall using this simple 2 ingredient solution!



    You'll Need:

    2 c. water
    1 c. glycerin


    Combine the water and glycerin in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat. Simmer on low heat 10 min and then cool completely, much like you'd prepare hummingbird food.

    Carefully cut each well chosen branch at an angle (like you'd cut flowers) for easier absorption.


    Place the cut ends of the branches into the solution (Tall Narrow vases work well for this) and allow to set for 7-10 days in a cool dark area, until all or most of the mixture has been absorbed.

    Once they are preserved you'll note that there will be beads of glycerin on the leaves. Carefully wipe each leaf with a damp washcloth or paper towel & then pat dry.

    Arrange your branches into swags, wreaths or Heavy Vases. These arrangements will last for years.

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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. terrilewis's Avatar
      terrilewis -
      I will try this. I have tried Hairspray and Borax before.
    1. geribouwman's Avatar
      geribouwman -
      I have done this for years. It also helps to take a hammer and slightly crush the bottom of the stem to help it absorb the liquid. Being from Florida this is my favorite craft to do. I love it.
    1. atb7163's Avatar
      atb7163 -
      Can this be done with summer flowers as well?
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