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Topic: Fall-themed place holders: laminating autumn leaves! (big photos)  (Read 8030 times)
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« on: October 10, 2010 09:08:28 AM »

Hello! This is a very quick and easy autumn craft  Wink

After a walk in a beautiful cemetery/park here in Copenhagen, I came home with a bunch of leaves that I picked up. Their colors were beautiful, and I decided to put them in the laminating machine...they turned out great! I'm thinking of using them as place holder "cards"...



They would be cool as calling cards, and gift tags (just need to punch a hole and insert a nice string). These are some more leaves drying....I actually put paper towels under them and over them, then a layer of magazine paper, then some heavy books. For not very long, just to take some humidity out of it...



And this is how the laminated sheet looked before it was cut out.



And I hanged one by the window...you can see the trees from the square in the background. They are turning all yellow right now.



What do you think?



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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010 09:28:24 AM »

I really like the colours of the leaves and how they've turned out after you laminated them.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010 10:02:57 AM »

Thanks Faesissa! Now I'm curious to see if the colors will actually last long...
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010 10:07:26 AM »

Thanks Faesissa! Now I'm curious to see if the colors will actually last long...

I was wondering the same thing. A while back I stumbled upon a Martha Stewart craft page where they dipped pretty fall leaves in wax and hung them in the window. Someone in the comments section mentioned that the color only lasts for a couple weeks.

I wonder if the laminating will preserve them better than wax...

At any rate, they're very beautiful. I've never seen a leaf quite like that beautiful red one! It's like a super fuzzy maple leaf!
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010 10:11:35 AM »

Hi Blackie.sage, yes this is all experimental...I guess I'll re-post in a month from now with the results. And as for the the red leaf, I'm not sure what tree that is, but I'm planning to find the name for all the leaves :-)
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2010 12:33:05 PM »

great idea. i too would love to know how long they last.
they would make great book marks.

the pretty red one looks like some sort of japanese maple.
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2010 01:09:34 PM »

great idea. i too would love to know how long they last.
they would make great book marks.

the pretty red one looks like some sort of japanese maple.

LOVE the idea of making bookmarks! Thanks Erbeerblau, I didn't even think about it. :-)
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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2010 01:30:20 PM »

I think they're great! You could stick them to the window or make a little mobile out of them :-)
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2010 10:36:58 PM »

Nature is so beautiful! I wish we had pretty leaves like this up here, I would love to make this!
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2010 04:19:41 PM »

Gorgeous! Love fall leaves, but the problem is always preserving the colour. I have laminated other organic materials i.e. flower petals and the colours always faded in a matter of days. Wish there was a way to preserve them indefinitely but I have not found it yet  Undecided
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2010 10:05:21 AM »

This makes me wish I was still working in a school system---I'd be all over that laminating machine right now!
This would make a really cute kids project as well.

I'm interested in seeing if the color stays as well.  I tried putting fall leaves in resin, but that actually speeded up the browning process!
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2010 11:54:53 AM »

very pretty! i hope the colours last a good while!
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2010 06:28:24 PM »

Oh so pretty! I miss Autumn leaves the most I think. (Leaves don't change color in Florida.) I'd be curious too how the color holds up.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2010 05:57:45 AM »

I love this! I have been thinking of preserving some leaves here. I don't have a laminating machine or access to one. I wonder if there are alternatives?
I definitely want to know if the color lasts, because that would be just awesome!
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2010 01:48:43 PM »

Gorgeous! Love fall leaves, but the problem is always preserving the colour. I have laminated other organic materials i.e. flower petals and the colours always faded in a matter of days. Wish there was a way to preserve them indefinitely but I have not found it yet  Undecided

I would love to laminate flowers...too bad the color doesn't last. Do you have any photos of the laminated flowers? i thought about laminating lichens, too  Wink
but I will definitely re-post photos of the leaves in a couple of weeks!


And yes, laminators are kind of expensive, but luckily we found ours at the recycling center,yeah! this is actually my first project with it  Smiley   
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2010 02:14:34 PM »

I think they're great! You could stick them to the window or make a little mobile out of them :-)
This is another great idea  Smiley it would be fun to make it using leaves made out of different materials as well, like fabric or paper...
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2010 03:43:12 PM »

I love this! I have been thinking of preserving some leaves here. I don't have a laminating machine or access to one. I wonder if there are alternatives?

And yes, laminators are kind of expensive, but luckily we found ours at the recycling center,yeah! this is actually my first project with it  Smiley   
Doesn't do you guys any good now but last month I was able to get this thermal laminator on Amazon Gold Box deal for only $17.99! Even the regular price of $33 isn't bad. Just got it the other day (it was backordered because of the Gold Box Deal) so I haven't used it yet but I'm super excited. Just saying though keep an eye out. You might find one cheap somewhere odd like I did.
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2010 05:48:34 PM »

Gorgeous! Love fall leaves, but the problem is always preserving the colour. I have laminated other organic materials i.e. flower petals and the colours always faded in a matter of days. Wish there was a way to preserve them indefinitely but I have not found it yet  Undecided

I would love to laminate flowers...too bad the color doesn't last. Do you have any photos of the laminated flowers? i thought about laminating lichens, too  Wink
but I will definitely re-post photos of the leaves in a couple of weeks!


And yes, laminators are kind of expensive, but luckily we found ours at the recycling center,yeah! this is actually my first project with it  Smiley   
No unfortunately I didn't take pics or keep them as they were part of a larger project and when they turned colour I scrapped those bits n moved on. They were a really lovely salmon coloured rose petal to begin with and ended in being a blah dead brown. Never tried lichens myself but I would like to see them if you chance it.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2010 08:42:22 PM »

Lovely. And if you don't have a laminator I can think of two things. A lot of copy/printing places do laminating, and it can be pretty cheap to just have one page worth's done. Or, how about buying a roll of clear contact paper?
Heck, for small leaves maybe even clear packing tape! Not as nice as the laminated ones probably, but worth a try!
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« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2010 09:42:32 AM »

So beautiful! It reminds me of collecting leaves as a child and putting them in books to press them. The color never stayed. I am curious to see how long the color stays.
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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2010 01:53:50 PM »

So beautiful! It reminds me of collecting leaves as a child and putting them in books to press them. The color never stayed. I am curious to see how long the color stays.

Here I am with an update! After a little more than a month and a half, the only leaves that still have some color left are the red ones. I wonder why....the other ones started turning brown after 10 days or so, and they became pretty ugly! The red leaves are turning a little brown too.

So I guess the best use for the laminated leaves is as decoration for a dinner table, as long as they are made not too long before  Smiley They do look so beautiful when they are "freshly" laminated, and I'd say they hold well for minimum a week.
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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2011 03:41:24 PM »

Years ago I managed to keep a leaf that one of the children picked, supple and coloured by leaving it in glycerine for about two weeks...it lasted for years ! could be worth a try for this project. All you would need is a small jar or vase and a little bit of stem for the leaf to soak up the glycerine.
I'm going to give it a try.

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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2011 08:38:10 PM »

Really pretty and creative...I am also curious if the color will stay for a bit..
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« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2011 09:20:08 PM »

I thought this was a great idea
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2011 12:41:06 AM »

Love the idea, maybe i will do it to decorate a window

it is a pity that they do not last longer
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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2011 07:19:08 AM »

CLEVER!! I just bought a laminator.
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« Reply #26 on: March 02, 2013 05:42:49 PM »

I know that post is old, but I just thought of the laminated leaves while playing with my pressed ones.

Leaves keep their vibrant colours pretty well when dried between book pages So maybe it would work to laminate already dried leaves?
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« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2013 06:21:21 PM »

I must do this!  They're awesome!
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