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Bleached Fall Leaves

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Why is it once you have an idea in mind sometimes it's very hard to find what you need. I went to several craft stores looking for light shades of fall leaves other than yellow to go with white pumpkins. I found white sunflowers and bundles of wheat but no white, or off white fall leaves. I tried painting leaves white, but didn't like the results - they looked fake. I did find a site on the net that carried bundles of white fall leaves but when I tried ordering them, they were no longer available.
Cost: $1.00 Difficulty: Easy
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So I decided to bleach my own to see what would happen. Most of the leaves I collected had turned brown and I did pick up a green one, too.
I put the leaves in a cup of bleach in a pyrex dish and let them soak overnight.
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The bleaching process was amazing to see . . . You can clearly see the "skeleton" (veins) of the leaves. Simply beautiful!
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I was quite pleased with the bleaching and the way the leaves changed. The longer they stayed in the bleach the lighter they got (naturally) . . . but also, the more delicate they became. I had to be careful removing them from the bleach because they would come apart easily.
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I dried the delicate bleached leaves on paper towels.
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And after drying, I bundle the leaves together with a piece of raffia and tied them on my white pumpkin.
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I love this look and the variations in color and patterns! I definitely will be bleaching more leaves!

To see more: http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2012/10/bleached-fall-leaves.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Carol
    Carol Fitzgerald, GA

    Wonder if you could spray with clear acrylic paint?

  • Linda Gauthier

    they look awesome what a beautiful center piece

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX

    @Gail@Purple Hues and Me Very Cool! I will have to try that!

  • Connie Wiesniak
    Connie Wiesniak Oxford, CT

    Love this! I'm going to try it! I tried bleaching pinecones twice and nothing happened.

  • Diane K.
    Diane K. Cape May, NJ

    These are gorgeous. Did you rinse them ?

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