Preserve Autumn Leaves Now for the Thanksgiving Table

Using natural leaves can be a beautiful (and inexpensive!) way to decorate the Thanksgiving table. But by the time the holiday rolls around, most leaves will be brown and broken. Here are some ways to preserve some now for your celebration at the end of the month:

  • Glycerin: A simple process of soaking leaves in a mixture of glycerin and water keeps them colorful and supple. Read more at Martha Stewart.
  • Microwave: A short run in the microwave will dry leaves and help preserve them, as outlined on About.com. Just be sure you watch them closely, as they could catch fire if microwaved too long.
  • Wax paper and iron: By pressing leaves between sheets of wax paper, they are sealed and flattened with a protective coating. Be sure to put a towel between the wax paper and your iron. Find out more at eHow.

Related: Thanksgiving Decor: Fun Ideas for the Kids' Table

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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