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Saving Fall Leaves

fall leaves from Montreal

Mike’s grandma gathered some stunning fall leaves while we were in Montreal! We pressed them in a book, and then ran them through our laminator. If you don’t have a laminator, we’ve also had excellent success covering leaves in contact paper.

fall leaves from Montreal

I put a few leaves in each laminating pouch, and ran them through the machine. They turned out great! I set a sheet of white paper behind them so you could see the colors better. Aren’t they beautiful?

fall leaves from Montreal

Mike’s grandma took these back to Nevada when she left, but we have the pictures to remember them by. And the leaves we covered in contact paper two years ago still get admired by my kids on a regular basis!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

32 thoughts on “Saving Fall Leaves”

  1. One other way that we tried is putting modge podge over leaves. It makes the leaves soft, but probably not ideal for the kids who haven’t graduated from “putting everything in your mouth” school.

    1. Thanks for reminding me to try this! We are actually out of the “putting things in our mouth” stage – SO happy about that!

    1. I remember feeling the same way before we got our laminator… they do go on sale from time to time. I got mine from Amazon for $20, and it came with 50 laminating sheets (well, that was after a rebate.) Still a significant sum of money, but less than I was expecting to have to pay.

      1. Hi If you have a BJ’s superstore near you, I just bought one for $22.00! It works great! they have the laminating sheets for $7.00 for 50 sheets! Can’t beat that!

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Beautiful! Autumn colour is so special, and I love it that this format allows the leaves to be handled and enjoyed over such a long period of time!

  3. Those are beautiful!!! I wish we had fall leaves down here, but they go from green, straight to dried up and gone.

    Something about the angle of the sun’s rays or something like that.

    Anyway, fall is sooooo beautiful in other parts of the country! Looks like where you are, it is!

    1. Autumn is stunning in New England – I look forward to it during the freezing winters, wet springs, and humid summers =)

    1. We pressed them in a book before laminating them, and they retain their color perfectly. The ones we covered in contact paper two years ago are as colorful now as they were the day we covered them!

  4. Oh how beautiful! I’ll have to try this– thanks for the clarification on pressing the leaves. I think when my little ones wake up we’ll go on a leaf hunt. It’s a beautiful day (70s) here!

  5. I wish we lived in a place where leaves turned amazing colors, but I won’t complain too much with 70ish year-round. I love this post and will keep it in mind if/when we move.

  6. We can see any picture, but until you actually look at it is so beautiful. Good thought and will for sure share your site. Thanks for the thought.

  7. We did this as well, using contact paper (for shelves, found in home improvement sections) so that it was clear on both sides. We arranged them in some beautiful patterns and then cut them into rectangles and used them as place mats! They looked beautiful on our burnt orange table cloth and are a practical reminder of time spent together.

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