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Every year in autumn, trees are transformed into a sea of colors. The red, orange and yellow leaves bring a good mood before winter comes. These summer feelings can be preserved by pressing.

Sheets can be pressed very well in books

press paper

In order for the leaves to dry as quickly as possible without losing their color, the moisture must be absorbed by an absorbent pad. Therefore, neither plastic foil nor plastic is suitable for the drying process. Use newspaper without glossy printing, toilet paper, kitchen paper, coffee filters and blotting paper.

book method

Use discarded books as the escaping moisture can cause water stains. If possible, open the book at the end, because then the entire weight will later affect the pages. Cut the selected paper to the size of the book pages and line them with it.

Place a leaf on each side and cover the plant matter with press paper. For the next four to six weeks, the book press will remain in a dry and warm place, and you should change the soaked paper pads at least weekly. Additional weight on the book provides a better result.

iron and wax paper

This method ensures the best color result because the moisture is removed more quickly. Place the dry sheets between two pieces of printer paper and iron them on medium heat for three to five minutes.

Turn the paper over and repeat the ironing step. Place plant material on wax paper, fold and press firmly. To prevent the wax from sticking to the iron when ironing, use two white sheets of paper as an interlayer.

Proceed as follows:

  • iron on both sides at medium temperatures
  • pay attention to even movements
  • then allow to cool and cut out waxy leaves

microwave

You will need two ceramic tiles that will serve as a press. Pieces of cardboard or paper towels that you cut to tile size will absorb the moisture. Drape the leaves individually between the tile press fitted with press paper and fix them with rubber bands. Heat up the construction in the microwave on high.

tips

This variant is only suitable for thin foliage, as consistency and color suffer with fleshy leaves.

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