Don’t you love the colors of fall leaves? This is probably one of the best things about the seasons changing! So why not use them for decoration? Dipping the leaves in beeswax actually preserves their color so they can last through the season. We decided to try taking this idea to the next level by adding essential oils! Now you can experience the colors AND scents of fall at the same time!
When picking leaves for this project, keep in mind that the leaves need to be dead and somewhat dry. Don’t pick them off the tree because they still contain a fair amount of moisture that will cause the leaf to turn brown rather than be preserved in its beautiful color. If you have leaves that are fairly moist (let’s face it—the leaves on the trees are prettier!), then you can dry them by placing them between pages of a book for a couple days before dipping them in beeswax.
Also, if you are doing this project with kids, keep in mind that melted beeswax can be hot and this project can get a little messy; so keep your work area covered in newspaper or wax paper for easier cleanup. One idea for working with children is for an adult to dip the leaves and hand them to the child to shake off the excess beeswax and lay on the wax paper to dry. Children can also help string up the leaves and create garlands.
For easiest cleanup, allow the beeswax to dry completely; then scrape/peel as much as you can off your dishes and either save for another project (leftover scented beeswax would make a great candle!) or throw in the trash can. Use really hot water to melt the remaining beeswax and wash dishes with soap.
[recipe title=”Scented Fall Leaves” time=”30–60 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]
Essential oils (Some great fall scents include cinnamon, clove, cassia, orange, ginger, cardamom, cedarwood, patchouli, and frankincense)
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, saucepan, slow cooker, paraffin wax bath, or microwave-safe dish. You will want enough beeswax to be at least 1 inch deep. (We used a 2 cup glass measuring cup with 1/3 cup of beeswax placed in a small pot with water to create a double boiler. This amount worked well for the 20–30 small leaves we waxed.)
Once the beeswax is melted, add essential oils to create your desired scent. (We used 2 drops of clove, 2 drops of orange, and 2 drops of cassia for the 1/3 cup of beeswax, and it smelled great!)
Hold the leaves by the stems, and dip them into the beeswax. Make sure to cover the whole leaf.
Gently shake off the excess beeswax, and let the leaf dry for 15–30 seconds before placing on a sheet of wax paper to finish drying.
Note: If the beeswax starts to cool (you’ll notice it gives the leaf a thicker coating when this happens), reheat the beeswax for a minute before continuing. Leaving the beeswax on a low heat source is easiest, but use caution if children are helping.
Once finished with all of your leaves, string them up by tying a little knot around each leaf along a piece of string, or use them in any of your favorite fall decoration ideas.
We are so excited about the newest addition to the Modern Essentials™ family: Modern Essentials™ Living! This new book contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care product recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. Modern Essentials™ Living introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting!
This book makes a fantastic gift for anyone interested in essential oils! Modern Essentials™ Living is also the perfect tool for introducing others to the world of essential oils and can be used in any setting to teach others how essential oils can be used every day! It can even be used in marketing meetings, classes, parties, trade shows, or as an enrollment reward.
Kids greatly benefit from sensory experiences, especially when they include the aroma of essential oils! Give your kids a fun time with this Aromatherapy Cloud Dough. Adults, too, can enjoy this activity and maybe even relieve a little stress at the same time! Feel free to double or triple this recipe to suit the number of kids playing or the size of your bin.
We all know berries have staining properties, since clothing is often affected. So, why not use this natural ability of berries to create a beauty product? Sounds like a fantastic idea to us! This lip stain is simple to make and tastes amazing!
As a side note, if you have dry or cracked lips, this stain can make those areas stand out. To avoid this, try exfoliating with our Brown Sugar Lip Scrub first.
Though this is called a lip scrub, it also feels fantastic when used on hands, legs, feet, etc. You will love how soft this makes your skin and lips feel! If you like another scent, feel free to change out the peppermint essential oil to something that suits you. This scrub is so easy to make and is a great gift for family and friends!
Have you heard of these nifty wool dryer balls that are a natural and better alternative to dryer sheets? Not only do these balls help soften and dry your clothes faster, but you can also add essential oils to give your laundry a fresh scent without the use of a dryer sheet! Because these dryer balls do not contain fabric softener, they can even be used with cloth diapers, microfiber cloths, and other fabrics that aren’t supposed to be dried with dryer sheets.
How do they work? Basically, as the balls tumble around the dryer with your laundry, they separate the articles and create pockets of air to speed up the drying process. While they bounce around, they also fluff the laundry, soak up some of the water from the clothes, reduce wrinkles, soften the fabric, and—if using essential oils—add a lovely scent to the load. The more balls you use, the better the results (4–6 is a good number though.)
Of course, you can buy these dryer balls pre-made in various colors and styles in the AromaTools™ Pleasant Grove, UT store; but if you don’t live in Utah or would like to create your own to fit your style, we would like to show you how.
Candles make great decorations and can provide a lovely scent in your home! We brought this post back from the archives to show you just how easy it is to make your own scented candles.
Have you been looking for a cute decoration idea? Well, we have a great one for you! This homemade beeswax candle smells amazing, is made of all natural ingredients, and is so easy to make. Continue reading →