I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you. You can find more great projects from Heather at her blog The Other White House.
I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. Kailey did these last year in her botany class with our homeschool group. I found her page of tiny skeletons and thought these would make a great addition to fall. I’ll Mod Podge them to something I’m sure, but for now they are in between two panes of glass in a frame on the mantle. Anyway~ this ‘recipe’ is the only one out of a million that have worked!
You need washing soda, not baking soda! Very important! I found it at Harris Teeter and can also be found in some Wal-Marts.
Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves.
Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. I added enough to cover the leaves. The washing soda will crystallize on top.
I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. With the spatula I removed the leaves to dry on a paper towel.
If you’re still with me, this is what I ended up with…