Now this is a super cool and easy project that will yield awesome results! You can actually buy wall art pieces just like this, but why buy them, when you can make them!
Some people call them ‘clear leaves’ or ‘see-through leaves’, but they are actually called skeleton leaves. I guess the name makes sense, since you’re actually getting down to the bones of the leaf.
Thanks to the folks over at thekreativelife, we have this simple, step-by-step process which you can try right at home.
What You Need:
- Waxy Leaves
- Large Pot, Water (I used 12 Cups)
- Super Washing Soda (I used 2 Cups)
- Metal Tongs
- Shallow Dish
- Food Color
- Cooling Rack
In a well-ventilated room, mix water and super washing soda in pot and bring to a boil.
Using the tongs, place the leaves in the colander and run under cool water.
Pour out the murky water and rinse out the pot. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the leaves. It doesn’t have to be as much used before when simmering them. Add ½ cup bleach. Place the leaves into the bleach water and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. This will remove as much color from the leaf as possible.
Instead of using the brush to remove the skin of the leaf, I placed the leaf flat on my hand and ran it under the sprayer on my kitchen sink.
The skin started immediately coming off.
After about a minute under the water, the skin was completely removed.
Mix water and food color in the shallow dish according to the tint you want. I used a blue and green mixture.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove from water and place on cooling rack. Allow to completely dry.
Grab a frame of your liking and show off your new creation!
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