AN AUTUMNAL CRAFT

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. — Isaiah 40:8

I really appreciate the change of seasons for many reasons. For one I love the change of pace from season to season… after the busy-ness of summer with pool dates, beach trips, running barefoot in the grass — to a slower pace of autumn, cooler, sunny days with puffy gray clouds, crisp mornings, evening walks to find leaves… then easing into the hibernation of winter, gray skies, snowy fields, stews and soups by the fireside and then welcoming the spring with the return of sunny days, new life, and warmer air… these changes remind me to enjoy the rhythms God has given us in His creation. To glorify Him and give thanks for these simple and beautiful things He has gifted us to observe and enjoy. They also remind me that though there is beauty in the change of seasons, I serve a God that never changes. God, who spoke the world into existence…God who created all things is always at work. Like the verse in Isaiah says the word of God will stand forever. There’s peace and rest in that truth. He is faithful and good! He is in control and He is the same today, yesterday and forever.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1

Today I’d like to share a simple autumnal craft we like to do during our morning time together each year.

Supplies

Leaves

Beeswax or paraffin wax

Large old pot or double boiler (you could use a pot filled with water and an old tin can) You could also use an old crock pot. I prefer an old pot because it is larger and easier to dip the leaves.

Wax paper

Thread and a needle for a garland [optional]

Instructions

I try to find softer leaves, if they are too crunchy they will want to curl more so than the softer ones. I melt my wax on the stove top [maybe about 1/4 lb of wax] if you us the double boiler method it will take a little longer. Once it is melted turn your burner down, but be sure to keep the wax hot so that the leaves don’t turn out funny. Dip your leaves carefully one at a time. I turn mine front and back to make sure both sides are completely covered. I try to get some of the stem as well. Lift up your leaf and let it drip off for about 30 seconds then lay to dry on wax paper. Repeat with the rest of your leaves. You can use your leaves for table display, or string them up in a garland using thread and a needle. I like just taping them to the glass on my corner hutch in our dining room. They bring so much beauty indoors.

Be sure not to leave your wax unattended and if your littles are helping please be careful with their little hands and the hot wax.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends!

Blessings,

Bree

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