Since writing the post about DIY Fall Leaf Roses, we’ve been asked how to preserve them. There are quite a few ways to preserve dried leaves and flowers. We’ve listed some of these ways below so you can choose what you like best. If you have other ways, we would all love to hear about them!
Ways to Preserve Dried Leaves and Flowers
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 into 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.