close

Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)

Categories

Select One (optional)


Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)

Materials

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)

Holiday

Select One (optional)

Season

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens
FaveCrafts.com

Menu

Free Offer
The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2015: Home Decor Ideas, DIY Jewelry, Easy Crochet Patterns and More

We've gathered up our favorite projects from our Best Blogger Contest to make this FREE eBook to help you create jewelry crafts, kids crafts, and so much more!

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

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.

Instructions

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time to Complete: Under an hour

Materials: Nature Material

Primary Technique: Green Crafting

Easy

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.

Leaf Crafts

Nature DIY Wall Art

These stunning giant flowers are made with dried leaves! You don't have to dry them ahead of time necessarily. Any leather, big evergreen leaves will work for this gorgeous project.

Leaf Bowl

This project is made using fake leaves, but you could also make it with some durable fallen leaves this fall! Layer on that decoupage.

Leaf Animals Fall Craft Ideas

Dry some leaves and decorate them with the kiddos! You can stitch them or draw on them for a cute little home decoration this season.

Fall Leaf Ornament

Add little leaves and paint to a clear ornament for a festive fall design! A dash of orange ribbon is a great touch.

DIY Clay Leaf Jewelry Dish

This video tutorial is SO cool. Learn how to use fall leaves to make this super pretty clay jewelry dish!

How to Make a Cornucopia

Use your dried leaves to make a cornucopia! They're gorgeous for Thanksgiving decor and using real leaves will add the perfect fall touch.

Magnolia and Oyster Shell Fall Wreath

Create a stunning wreath using magnolia leaves! You might not even need to dry them ahead of time to create this project. You could also use faux leaves to make this wreath.

DIY Fall Leaves Garland

Make a pretty garland out of *mostly* dried leaves. They need to have some moisture to complete this project, and the end result is so lovely!

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

I LOVE YOUR CRAFTS, i HAVE PICKED UP SO MANY GREAT IDEAS, THANK YOU!!

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

Close

Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Lullaby Ripple Afghan

The Lullaby Ripple Afghan is a lovely free baby blanket crochet pattern that complicates a simple ripple with long post triple… Continue reading: "Lullaby Ripple Afghan"

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts

 

Sponsored Content

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----

close

Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It