Preserve Autumn Leaves in a Beeswax Bowl. - The Magic Onions

Preserve Autumn Leaves in a Beeswax Bowl.

Here in Southern California, the leaves are just starting to turn. We call it The Golding of the Leaves. It’s a magnificent time of year… natures last hurrah before she has to button down for the cold months of winter.

When we go on our daily walks, we take a basket and fill it with beautifully colored leaves… we marvel at the reds, oranges and yellows of Autumn. We often wish that the leaves we collect would stay that color forever but we know they will dry and brown and wither to dust. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep them red and orange and yellow for just a little longer… well, today we made a gorgeous, golden, beeswax bowl and adorned it with our Fall leaves, knowing that the magic beeswax would preserve the colorful leaves for us. We will put a candle into our beeswax bowl so that the golden candlelight will shine through the wax and the brilliant leaves for us to enjoy through the winter months.

To make an Autumn Leaf Bowl you will need:

* Beeswax (buy online. I carry these same beeswax blocks in my shop, Fairyfolk).
* Collected Autumn leaves
* A small porcelain or glass bowl
* A bigger bowl
* Clingwrap plastic
* A plastic bag without holes.

Turn the smaller bowl upside down. Wrap the outside of the bowl tightly with clingwrap. Make sure that the clingwrap is tight and smooth over the bowl and that it is not broken.

Put the plastic bag into the bigger bowl. You will pour the melted beeswax into this plastic lined bowl.

Melt the beeswax (here is a tutorial on how to safely melt beeswax using a homemade bain-marie)

Pour the melted beeswax into the plastic lined bowl.

Quickly dip the small, clingwrap-wrapped bowl into the beeswax and take it out again, letting the excess melted beeswax drip back into the bigger bowl. Wait a few seconds for the first dipping layer to cool slightly and then dip again. Repeat many times. Each time you dip the small bowl into the melted beeswax, it gets a thicker coating of beeswax. When your beeswax bowl is the desired thickness (the thinner it is, the more the candlelight will glow through it but it can’t be too thin or it will break when you remove it from the small porcelain bowl.)

When the beeswax bowl is the desired thickness, dip your leaves into the melted beeswax and stick them to your beeswax bowl… the hot wax will stick each leaf fast to the beeswax bowl.

Settle the beeswax bowl onto a piece of clingwrap and push it downward to level the base of your bowl.

After you have let your beeswax bowl cool for a few minutes, gently unfurl the clingwrap from the porcelain bowl. Work it loose at the edges of the beeswax, wiggle it gently, working the clingwap and beeswax loose from the porcelain bowl.

When your beeswax bowl is separated from the porcelain bowl, gently peel the clingwrap away from the beeswax.

Voila! You have made a gorgeous beeswax votive that will shine golden, omitting it delicious honey aroma into your home.

In preparation for Michaelmas,
Blessings and magic to you,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Oh this is a lovely leaf preservation project!
    The yellow and red look great together!

  2. Your beeswax votive looks marvellous, this is a wonderful idea to preserve the beautifully coloured Autumn leaves, I can almost smell the honey aroma now…….

    Have a wonderful day. xx

  3. This is wonderful! I want to get some beeswax today and try it. :)

  4. Beautiful..what a lovely idea!

  5. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. We will have to try this.

  6. So lovely! We will have to try it as well – thanks!

  7. This is too cool. :)

  8. Beautiful!

  9. Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been meaning to get some beeswax for a year now. Can’t find any locally so I might just have to order on line.

  10. We are patiently waiting for Spring to really kick in here. Autumn and Spring are my favourite seasons, there is just something really special about them.

    Love the beeswax bowl, I bet it looks amazing when lit up.

  11. i love this project!!
    thank you

  12. wow, I can only imagine that is smells as beautiful as it looks!

  13. What a beautiful project. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. I am interested in buying some of your beeswax. How many blocks would be needed for 3 small bowls?

  15. fantastic :) I was wondering if there was a way to do this without using a balloon :) thanks will try this soon hopefully!

  16. it’s beautiful! We’ve also been admiring the change in season during our travels. How some leaves in the cooler places have already turned orange and red. We’ve also got a nice collection of leaves and acorns are something we don’t get back home.

  17. That is so pretty! I love your beeswax crafts. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  18. Oh, girl, you are so danged clever. I have loved beeswax since I was little – mom had this little cake of it that she used to coat thread when she hand-sewed. It smelled wonderful. I think I may still have that self-same cake. Wonder where it is? Yes. Happy.

    And may I see that I see your blog referred to and linked in so many places. You give a lot to many.

  19. Moominmamma says:

    Hello, I love this bowl idea, but would prefer to avoid using cling film. Could I tape wax paper to the bowl instead and achieve the same result, do you think? Thanks.

    • Hi Michelle… yes, I think wax paper will work just as well… or parchment paper. As long as you tape it well as if the wax spills into your pot, cleanup will be a pain.
      xo Donni

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