Let’s admit it; one of the best things about the fall season is the vibrantly colored leaves. You can find leaves in different colors, from soft yellows to firing reds. The second you see the leaves beginning to change color and fall off the trees, you’ll know that summer has left for the year and autumn has begun.
The reason the leaves begin to change color is because the days get shorter and there is a drop in temperature. Leaves are known as nature’s food workshops. They take in sunlight to produce glucose through photosynthesis. Glucose is a type of sugar
that the plant uses for energy. To allow photosynthesis to occur, the leaves are made up of a chemical called chlorophyll, which creates the green color you see. As winter starts to sneak in, the trees can no longer go through photosynthesis from the lack of light. Therefore, the food factories (leaves) begin to shut down and the chlorophyll begins to slip away. With no more chlorophyll in the leaves, you begin to notice the true color of the leaves. These colors are the red, yellow and browns you see throughout the fall.
Want to keep these colors around for longer than just the season? No problem! You can easily preserve these colors and use the leaves to decorate your household. The only things you need are vegetable glycerin, liquid dish soap and a bucket to place the leaves in.
- Gather up some colorful leaves
that grab your attention, ones that haven’t experienced frost
- Pound the ends of the branches
so the leaves can soak up the glycerin. The glycerin will emphasize the colors
and preserve the texture of the leaves.
- Fill up a bucket with a half a
gallon of water and a few drops of a liquid dish soap of your preference. The
dish soap is used for the same reason as the glycerin.
- Place the leaves in the bucket
and leave them in a dark place for about five days.