How to Dry Leaves


How to Dry Leaves

This quick tip will help you make fast drying leaves.

Quick Tip Fast Drying Leaves
Quick Tip Fast Drying Leaves

Here's an easy solution to getting leaves dried in a hurry for all your crafting needs. Instead of waiting days for leaves to dry, you can quick dry them in the microwave.

Drying leaves in the microwave is an excellent solution for crafters looking to use dried leaves in a craft project ASAP. By microwaving in short intervals and taking other appropriate safety measures, it should only take you a few minutes to dry your leaves. The best part about this project is that you should have all the materials you need already on hand! Take the kids outside to collect some leaves together, and dry them for a great crafty use.


Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time to Complete: Under an hour

Materials: Nature Material

Primary Technique: Green Crafting


Season: Fall

Project Type: Learn a Technique

How to Dry Leaves

  1. Place a small bowl of water in the microwave for safety and place leaves in a folded paper towel or between two sheets of white felt. Weigh down with a microwave-able plate.

  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and continue in 15 second intervals until the leaves are dry and crisp. NOTE: leaves can catch on fire in the microwave, so it's important you only microwave in these short bursts and that you have the bowl of water in the microwave as well to absorb some of the heat.

  3. To preserve the leaves, spray with hair spray or a fixative (like Krylon Crystal Clear Spray).

  4. You can also dry other botanicals like flowers and flower petals using this method.

  5. Please note that microwave ovens vary in temperature controls. You may find that a high setting burns your botanicals, so you might have to experiment with a medium or low heat setting.

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this is a great idea for me to do with my daughter she loves doing crafts.


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