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3 Nov 2015

How I press my leaves

Happy November! Are you altogether more glad that we are advancing further towards the colder months? Or does your heart still lie in summer? There is a beautiful eeriness about
November; this morning everything was completely steeped in fog and remained that way 'til about lunchtime, most leaves have curled and fallen but some were fresh in their copper coats. 
Dull November afternoons are the best occasions for crafting indoors. You will have to forgive my rather mundane selection of leaves for the purpose of this post; most were lying placid in the lanes and I merely selected a few of which were not too dirtied or spoiled. I love when a leaf has different colours merging together within its skin; I love to preserve it right in the middle of its transformation, to keep it from rotting and decaying any further. Skeleton leaves are a favourite to press too. There are so many different ways to press leaves: I have come across so many over time but this is my personal favourite method, especially for scrapbooking. 
You will need: 
A selection of different shaped and colourful leaves: the brighter and the more colours, the better as leaves often loose their colouring a little through the drying process. Choose ones that have no rotting or spoiled patches: these will become more apparent once the leaf has dried. If they are dirtied I just clean them gently under the tap. Here I am using a beech, an aspen and two baby sycamore leaves that are smaller. A heated iron: *make sure to be careful here and ask someone else for help if you are unsure* A light towel or similar: I have used a light cushion cover. If the material is thicker you might have to iron for slightly longer. Absorbent paper/kitchen roll: I found that kitchen roll works really well due to its absorbent qualities. A heavy book: I love to use encyclopaedias and large dictionaries but any will work fine!

The process: 
1. Lay the leaves flat between the absorbent papers, fitting as many on to one page as you can, but not to overlap. *The lady on my Givency advert loved playing in the leaves!* Then once you have placed the other paper on top of them, place a light towel or similar on top of that.
2. With a heated iron, gently press down on the light towel, moving it around so it leaves no scorches. Repeat this for 3-5 minutes, then turn the leaves inside over. Repeat again.
3. The leaves inside should now feel dried and have a papery texture to them. They should feel completely dry to the touch. If not, repeat step two until results are achieved.
4. Placing each leaf between two pieces of absorbent paper for safety, press them in one of the middle pages of a heavy book, about 20 pages apart. I like to keep them there for a few days to a week, but it may also be preferable to simply seal them with craft spray, to preserve the remaining colour and keep them in good condition.

Have you ever pressed leaves before? If you find a beautiful leaf or flower, or fancy adding a touch of nature to your scrapbook, it's so lovely to do! 

82 comments:

  1. Oh, I absolutely love November too---the only thing I'm not rather a fan of is the lighting for photography! I never knew leaves could look so pretty~ I've never pressed leaves or any plant for that matter, but I must give it a try next time I venture out! Although I doubt they'll turn out as beautiful as yours I will try none the less~

    I probably say this every time I comment, but I literally can't get over it (sorry I'm not sorry ;))---your photos are BEAUTIFUL~ What camera do you use if you don't mind me asking?
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    She Will Be

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    1. Hi Sylvia! Thank you so much!! I'm the same, I often have my little lamp on and candles lit when taking my photos xD wish it came with better natural lighting! awwww thank you!! xD and I use my Canon 1100D but I'm no pro, I just love experimenting in my own way with it. Very occasionally I will use my iPad because I love the camera on there too! :D xx

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  2. lovely :)))

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  3. I don't think I've ever pressed leaves before but I do remember pressing flowers. It's such a neat way to add some beauty to a project!

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    1. Thanks Rainbow! I love pressing flowers too, that is so true! :D xx

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  4. This is a great idea - I love the colours this time of year so it would be great to have a little keepsake! :)

    Viva Epernay ❤

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! they are lovely :D xx

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  5. I remember doing this as a child and loving it, but completely forgot how to do it!

    Amy - http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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    1. Hi Amy! it's so strange how we leave things behind once we get to teenage years hehe, it definitely wasn't cool when I was 14 xD I love doing it now though! xx

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  6. I'm going to use this idea for my swap box I think, lovely! :D Alice xx

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    1. What a lovely idea Alice! So happy to help, thank you!! :D xx

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  7. So pretty!! I love the colours of the leaves in Autumn, I think I may have to give this a try :)

    Jess xo

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    1. Thanks so much Jess, I love finding ways to prolong and preserve autumn! ^^ xx

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  8. I've never thought of doing this but I definitely will now, I find leaves are so under appreciated for how beautiful they can be. x

    Claudia Harriet

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    1. Thanks so much Claudia, that is so true! Beautiful for how impermanent they are, like snow before it melts! xx

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  9. Aw I remember collecting and then pressing leaves with my mom when I was a young girl. I'm going to try it again this year since fall is almost over and I think they could be lovely decorations! Your photos are so inspiring xo

    My Lovelier Days

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment Diana! :D they would make lovely decorations, I love bringing little bits of nature in to the home; like flowers in spring/summer! xx

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  10. How lovely, I will try this with leaves, I used to do it with flowers. :-) Thanks for sharing it dear!

    Hope you're having a great midweek so far!
    XO, Melissa's Diary

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    1. Thank you Melissa! It's lovely to do with flowers too, nature is wonderful! :D xx

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  11. Aw so pretty! I used to do this with flowers when I was younger but haven't done it in years!

    Thanks for your comment on my latest post, I've followed you on BL :) x

    Lucie xx | LucieLovesIt.com

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    1. Aw thank you Lucie! I hadn't either until recently! Thank you so much and I followed your blog back, really enjoying it! :D xx

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  12. Autumn leaves are so beautiful! This looks like such a fun project and a great way to preserve the gorgeous colours of these leaves. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and yes, I will def follow you on Bloglovin :)

    Keisha xo
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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment and follow Keisha!! Followed you back as always! :D xx

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  13. This definitely is a beautiful time of year. I love autumn but I hate winter! :) I have always thought of pressing leaves but really never knew how to do it properly. I think this is a lovely idea and thanks so much for sharing the process!

    Rebecca
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    1. Thank you Rebecca!! I know how dark winter can be, especially when you want spring to arrive :( there are so many ways to press leaves too, even in a microwave! :D xx

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  14. This is so cool!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  15. This is such a great post, I definitely need to try this!

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  16. Very pretty I have never done this before :)

    ARedLip&Love

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    1. Aw thank you Tash, the whole process is so easy! :D xx

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  17. Wow I've never thought of pressing leaves like this! Thank you for sharing this, I love crafts during autumn!
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    1. Thank you Evie, I love them too! Especially during the dark afternoons and evenings, get all my chores done and then create! :D xx

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    1. Thanks so much Kelsey and Kenecha! :D xx

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  19. I used to love pressing flowers when I was little I definitely need to do it again!

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    1. Me too, I loved when my Grandma taught me! xD totally! xx

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  20. I have never pressed leaves it looks likes a wonderful way to add nature to your decor.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog
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    1. Thank you Meghan! They are so lovely to keep! :D xx

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  21. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

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  22. these are so dainty and beautiful <3


    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  23. In a tropical country like ours, theres only 2 seasons summer and rainy season. Its still hot like summer here in our city. I was hoping to atleast enjoy rainy and cold season during this time of the year but yeah hopefully in the coming days.
    I have never tried pressing leaves before. This is interesting to try. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth.

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    1. A tropical country sounds beautiful, you have all the incredible wildlife too which makes it seem like narnia to someone who lives here xD I almost expect to find talking animals! You are so lucky Venus!! Thanks so much! :D xx

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  24. I absolutely love this idea, thanks so much for this post ♥

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  25. This is so delicate and pretty :) Thanks for sharing!

    Anna xx

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  26. i've never pressed leaves, but have done so with flowers. they are very pretty!

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    1. They are! Thanks so much Elle! :D xx

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  27. That is beautiful! I have to try this out, Thank you for the tutorial and Happy November to you too!! :)) xx

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    1. Hi Carmella! Thank you so much, no problemo! Awww thank you - did you have a nice bonfire night? :D xx

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  28. I don't remember when was the last time I pressed leaves! I will need to do it soon :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thank you Leta! Hehe I think we grow out of them in teenage years because it is no longer cool to do when we are 14 xD xx

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  29. I love pressing flowers they make such interesting pictures.
    I'll try leaves next.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thank you Jenn! I love pressing flowers too! :D xx

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  30. What a cute idea! I remember pressing leaves when I was in grade school but of course they were nowhere near as pretty being that I was 7 years old!

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. Hehe I'm sure they looked beautiful! Thanks so much Alison! :D xx

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  31. Wonderful idea! I don't think I pressed leaves before... some flowers yes, as a part of the school project :) xx Maja
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    1. Thanks so much Maja, hehe I remember that in primary school too! ^^ xx

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  32. To be honest I have not pressed leaves before but thanks for this step-by-step guide. :]

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    1. Thanks so much Carmen! I'm so glad you like it :D xx

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  33. I should try this next time to document my travels! Thanks for this! :)

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    1. That's a wonderful idea Stephanie! I will try and do this too, would be awesome doing exotic leaves! :D xx

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  34. I think I did this once for an English project when I was younger and I loved it! Gonna try to do this again!
    Rita x
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    1. Thank you Rita, I'm so glad you liked it! :D xx

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  35. Wish we have autumn here. Will try this for you!

    Kisses from the Philippines!
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    1. Thanks so much Seyra! It's great to do with all kinds of leaves or flowers :D xx

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  36. I wish I have autumn season too here in Jakarta! It might be my favorite season of the year :D

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    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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    1. Hehe I think it might be mine too, apart from spring! Any season that is quickly changing in to another and you can feel it in the air :D thank you Mitch! xx

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  37. Ohhh amazing I definitely need to do this!!

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    1. Thanks so much Georgi, glad you liked it! :D xx

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  38. I love the colder months because it means were getting closer to Christmas and I LOVE Christmas hehe :) This is brilliant! I've been thinking lots about cute scrapbooking pages and I think using pressed leaves would look beautiful ! I never knew it was so simple to press them, I'm going to give it a go :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    1. Hi Marianne! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! :D that is a wonderful event, I can't wait for the festivities to begin either xD I'm so glad I inspired you, I will have to do more crafting posts! I can't wait to see yours, bet they'll be more beautiful ^^ xx

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  39. Great post dear!

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  40. Happy November to you Elizabeth!
    Nice photo you have, and pretty leaves collection.
    I never pressed leaves before, but I'd like to do that... it will be a beautiful collection.

    Ryu の Sekai

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  41. Such a lovely idea, I've always loved keeping dried flowers but now I know how to press them properly will definitely be trying it out
    Thanks so much for sharing your process, such beautiful photographs too!

    What Raj Wants

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