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How to Preserve Autumn Leaves

Chris Higgins
YouTube / CuriosityShow
YouTube / CuriosityShow / YouTube / CuriosityShow

While everything else on the Internet is about the midterm elections, let's chill out and learn a simple way to preserve colorful autumn leaves. This will keep your leaves looking fresh through the winter. You'll need some wax paper, a hot iron (not for unsupervised kids!), some newspaper, and a few leaves. Now I'll let Professor Rob Morrison of The Curiosity Show explain the process:

I've tried this years ago, but used a pillowcase instead of the newspaper. If I recall correctly, the key was having nice flat, dry leaves to start with—so Morrison's tip at the beginning of the video about flattening leaves by pressing them using a book is very important.