Wax Paper Leaf Book


We went for a “nature walk” the other day. We came home with such a lovely collection of leaves I wanted to somehow extend their lifespan. I remember having a wonderful afternoon with my mom when I was about Sosi’s age, pressing leaves between wax paper.  I’ve always had it in the back of mind as something I wanted to do with my kids.

While I was busy ironing the pages, I handed Sosi the much coveted Sharpie marker and asked that she could decorate the finished pages. I was so happy to see that she automatically drew faces of the leaves. I was planning for us to look up all the different types of leaves and label them all. I like her idea much better.

Click here for  an illustrated downloadable PDF I made of instructions on how to make your very own Wax Paper Leaf Booklet!



  1. this book is so awesome!! a scaredy cat leaf, what? i love it!!

  2. Ciara

    Thanks for posting this. That’s my Christmas presents for everyone’s children sorted. I can’t wait to collect autumn leaves and create a story for them. Cheers

  3. Another cool rendition of the above(which I too have fond memories of doing with my mom) is that you can take an assortment of crayons, shave them up using either a pencil sharpener or cheese grater, and sprinkle the colourful crayon bits in between your wax paper (and leaves) and then iron away. The result is a really neat, multi-coloured, almost tied-died effect to the wax paper. Very pretty.


  4. Lori (Author)

    glad you like it sarah! the mind of a 4 year old is a fascinating thing. :)

    ciara, what a great idea. i think these would make lovely gifts.

    thanks so much for the crayon idea mya, i will have to try that next! :)

  5. t

    i can’t believe how well she writes for her age! nice work sosi!

  6. thank-you Lori! Ophelia and I will enjoy doing this project together

  7. thanks for this great tutorial!

  8. Thanks for the great idea, we have a lot of leaves in the yard :)

  9. caralyn

    hi lori,

    glad to see you are up and running again… cute project & i love the balloon birthday cards! hope you are all well – we are finally reaching the end of our 2 year marathon… yikes! hi to p & s (& i).


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