Our nephew lives in LA and we wanted to send him some NY Autumn love!
We preserved our leaves the "old fashioned" way with wax paper and an iron.
After we picked some leaves, we flattened them under a stack of books over night.
In the morning, we sandwiched the leaves between two pieces of wax paper (waxy sides together). Then ironed on low heat until both layers of wax paper melted together around the leaf. We carefully cut around the leaves making sure the wax pieces still stayed together!
We ended liking them so much, that we decided to keep some for ourselves!
We also preserved a handful of leaves by microwaving them...yes microwaving them!
We laid out a handful of leaves between two pieces of paper towels. They didn't need long in the microwave, maybe about 30 seconds...but we had to keep a close eye on them, because the leaves can catch fire!
The leaves should slightly dry out but they shouldn't over cook to a crisp.
Try to remember the kind of September...