Pressed Leaves

The trees around here have been positively bursting with fall color over the past few weeks. I’d say they were just as lovely as last year’s leaves. I’m sure most of you have pressed leaves before, but if not it’s super simple.

Just gather the prettiest leaves you can find, sandwich them in sheets of wax paper, stack up your heaviest books, and tuck the leaves into the pages of the bottom book. I usually leave them in the book stack for a week or so, but you can leave them as long as you want. It might be a nice mid-winter treat to open a book and find a leafy surprise. The colors fade a bit, but the pressed leaves retain a bit of their former beauty. I couldn’t think of anything creative to do with my leaves aside from framing them. Any ideas?

pressing fall leaves


  1. Erica

    I love this! The framed leaves make such a pretty statement. Unfortunately the leaves never really turn around here. We’re still at full-on green and they’ll probably phase to completely dead within the next month.

  2. Anne-Laure

    Oh! That’s so funny! Today, I have made a garland with pressed leaves of a beautiful tree in my garden. I think the result is really poetic….
    Your frames are so cool too!
    Good evening and thanks for your blog. :)

  3. Tommy

    Awesome idea! It’s very retro AND green. (And free.) Would it be crazy to make a wreath out of dried, flattened leaves? Or maybe a place card for a dinner party? Or under the plates (for larger leaves).

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      A wreath would be great! Oh, and for place cards I could print each person’s name on a leaf with rubber stamps. If only I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner next week. :)

  4. Michelle

    You can spray-mount them to cardstock (or laminate them, as someone else suggested), hang from fishingline/thread, and make a mobile – that way, the leaves will always be falling mid-air!

  5. stephanie

    i make cards out of pressed leaves and flowers and cover them with sticky plastic sheets used to cover childrens school books, this prevents them from getting damaged then the receiver can frame it. the christmas ones i add a bit of glitter.

  6. Diane

    Here in New Zealand we have a leaf that is white on the back (bushman’s toilet paper). One year I dried some and wrote my birthday invite on the back.

  7. Julie Nash

    Love to bring the outdoors in. I come from a little village in England and moved to Southern California!! I so miss the gardens. My brother sends me leaves in the mail with cards … the Japanese Maples are my very favourite, way too hot to grow them here. Great way display a little bit of home.

  8. Kira

    You can also buy them from specialty online stores, I found one called that sells these leaves, pressed and preserved.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Just a little bit of double stick tape. Any kind of glue would also work.

  9. Charlotte Armstrong

    How long do pressed leaved last for? I want to collect them for my wedding next year and press them but don’t know if they’ll last….

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      They should last indefinitely as long as you’re careful with them. They are fragile once dried.

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