I love weaving simple traditions into each season. They have truly enriched our family life! Together, we look forward to the special gifts that each season brings. Every morning we head out on a nature walk, to visit a familiar forest by our home. I believe it’s really important for kids to be exposed to the same location over and over again. Watching the forest and creek change through the seasons… so much learning happens right there!
Lately, we’ve been noticing the leaves starting to turn. Shades of orange and yellow are starting to appear in the forest, but there’s still plenty of green around. I thought it would be the perfect time to do our annual beeswax leaf dipping project, to get a nice variety of colour!
We brought a basket along on our morning nature walk one day, and collected leaves of as many colours as we could find! We came back with greens and yellows and oranges and reds, and even some dark purples!
We pressed our leaves in books for a week or so, but I’ve also heard of people dipping them fresh.
This is a simple, seasonal project that is fun for all ages. I have the instructions for you below!
Beeswax leaf dipping. 🍂🐝
– a double boiler (I used a metal bowl and placed it into a pot, a small crockpot or hot plate would be helpful though)
– something to hang the leaves while they are drying (we used these).
We started by melting the beeswax in our double boiler. I was surprised that we needed far less beeswax than I had originally thought. A little goes a long way!
The melting process takes a few minutes. Keep an eye on it.
Once completely melted, I placed the pot somewhere more accessible for the kids so the leaf dipping fun could begin.
I reminded my kids that the pot would be quite hot! And then we were all set.
It’s pretty simple! We dipped (less is more), and then hung.
After the beeswax had been sitting out for a few minutes, I noticed it starting to solidify so I put it back onto the element for a bit until it melted completely again. Next time, I may use a slow cooker to avoid that minor inconvenience.
That’s really it! Now you can string your leaves into a garland, or use them for some other fun fall craft! The leaves smell delicious, so make sure to take a deep breath of that goodness.
** EDIT TO ADD: I was asked on Instagram about how to clean the bowl post-beeswax. I don’t have a great answer for this, as the bowl we used is still not 100% clean! So, either use something you don’t mind designating as the official beeswax bowl, or get a disposable baking pan/pie plate to melt the wax in instead.