Since writing the post about Nicole Duke’s Easy and Free DIY Fall Decoration, we’ve been asked how to preserve these beautiful fall leaf roses. There are a few ways you can try:
Use 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water. Heat to 100°F by heating the water to 150-180°
Make sure to use plenty of the mixture for the stems to absorb the glycerin.
This process takes 2-6 weeks. You can tell it’s complete by how the leaves will look. They will most likely turn a greenish brown.
Tip: Check levels daily and replenish with water only.
Use 1 part shellac and 2 parts denatured alcohol. Dip the leaves in to the mixture. Or use a paintbrush.
Spray all areas with hairspray. Coat 3-4 times.
I use this to protect puzzles when finished and it can also be used to preserve leaves. Just brush it on with a brush. I would do two coats.