What you will need:
Make sure your beeswax is nice and hot, you shouldn't see any cloudy looking beeswax around the edges of your pot. If it is not hot enough the beeswax will create a thick layer on your leaves, not allowing the autumn colors to show through. No worries if this happens, just heat the beeswax up longer and then you can re-dip the leaf to melt the excess beeswax off.
Once your wax is melted, start dipping your leaves. You only need to dip them once, (too many layers and they become heavy and cloudy looking) then let them drip over the pot for a moment before placing them onto your wax paper to dry. Make sure to get the whole leaf so it will be fully preserved. I highly recommend also dipping the tip of the leaf stem after the leaf has cooled down, it really helps the leaves retain their color longer.
A leaf hanging or mobile:
- a somewhat straight stick sturdy enough to hold the weight of the beeswaxed leaves
- a collection of beeswaxed leaves
- string, thread, hemp cord or soft jute cord (we had the soft jute cord on hand and used that.)
Step one: Tie one end of a single piece of jute cord (at a length of your preference) to one end of the stick with a square knot. Take the other end of the cord and tie it to the other end of the stick in the same manner.
Step two: Lay out your leaves underneath the stick. Move them around until you find a pattern that is pleasing. I tried to make mine hang as if they were falling from the trees above.