How To Dry Leaves
There are many reasons why one may be wanting to know how to dry leaves. It could be for a fall or winter project. It could be for for making a certain type of herb. No matter what you need to use them for or what type of leaf you are looking to dry, there's a way to get every leaf dried quickly. Below is are instructions on how to dry leaves in time for any project, craft, or whatever else they are needed for.
You will need:
- paper towel
- heavy books or microwave
- Choose leaves that have bright and beautiful colors and different textures and shapes. You may want to use a variety of colors if making a craft project. Pick the leaves off of a tree or the ground or wherever you have gotten the from, but make sure that the leaves aren't damaged.
- If the leaves are wet from the rain or morning dew, blot them dry with a paper towel to get rid of all the excess moisture.
- Place on large leaf or a few small leaves on a dry paper towel. If you're wanting to dry several different sizes of leaves, it's best to dry each size separately since the smaller sizes will dry quicker than the larger ones.
- If you're patient enough to wait a few days for the leaves to dry, then place the leaves between two paper towels, then place them inside a heavy book. Close the book and check the leaves every other day until the leaves are dry, changing the towels if necessary.
- If you are not much of a patient person and are looking for a quicker way to dry leaves, follow steps one through three, then microwave the leaves for 30 seconds on a low to medium power setting if possible. If the leaves aren't dry yet, then microwave for another ten seconds. Be careful not to microwave the leaves for to long or they will catch on fire.
- Your leaves should now be dry and should be ready to be used.