How to preserve leaves for a Christmas wreath

12 Dec 2016

Category: DIY & Crafts, Home Decor

The problem I’ve had with real Christmas wreaths in the past has been the hot Australian sun. The wreath looks great for a couple of days, but as the days go by, that beautiful, fresh green turns to a crusty brown.

Glycerin preserved leaves

So this year, I decided to give the glycerin preserve method a go. The method seemed simple enough. 1 part Glycerin to 2 parts warm water. Submerge the leaves and leave sit for 3-4 days. 3 days later (there was no way I was waiting 4!) I took out the leaves and pat them dry. They did feel different. Slightly more plasticy.

Glycerin preserved leaves

I let them dry and used florist wire to attach them to my twig wreath. Now came the test. Out in the sun it went. And I must say I was totally disappointed! Either I did something wrong (which I doubt because the method couldn’t be simpler) or this technique still won’t allow you to put the greenery outside in the sun.

Glycerin preserved leaves

I was pretty annoyed. I drove to Spotlight the next day and bought some artificial leaves. Yes, I know, artificial. But it looks great. And I’m pretty sure after today’s 31 degree sun, it will still look great tomorrow.

Glycerin preserved leaves

Below is what my preserved leaves looked like a day after I made it. Still fresh. Alas, it didn’t last. If anyone has any tips or advice about the glycerin preservation, pleassssse le me know!

Real Christmas wreath