fall goal recap : press lots of leaves! - The Dainty Squid

fall goal recap : press lots of leaves!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another one of fall's goals to cross off! I collected and pressed lots of pretty leaves this season. This isn't even half of them, these are just some of my favorites. My notebook I use to collect with was bursting at the seams each time I left the house and I had to leave so many others behind!
Laying them out like this is way more fun to me than I feel like it should be. Just seeing them arranged in some way is so satisfying. 

I recently (as in right after I took these pictures) started storing all my pressed plants in a tupperware container in hopes of them taking up less room while I wait to find a use for them all. Previously I kept them between layers of paper towels like they were still being dried but it was getting to be a pretty ridiculous stack. This is so much nicer, plus I love the way they all look together. I find myself peeking into the container quite often just to gaze at all the pretty colors.
I've been wanting to make a few big collages with all my leaves and things but first I want to gather some bigger plants. I've also been sending out pretty leaves and ferns taped down in letters. I like the idea of sending small special things like that in letters, I'd be just tickled pink to get some.

Hope you have a great Thursday! I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a nice day today, well for mid-December. I'm excited to see the sun!

PS. You can find my tips on pressing plants right here.

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19 thoughts

  1. Oooh they look so pretty and autumnal - what a great idea!


  2. So beautiful! I love autumn leaves

  3. I love this. You have such a beautiful collection of leaves. I love the idea of adding them to letters as an extra surprise for someone to receive.

  4. How cute! I love the page of heart shaped leaves. Have you thought about scanning your collections and selling them as prints?

  5. Beautiful! Ever since I've started pressing plants I find myself on the lookout whenever I go out...it's an addicting hobby!

  6. This is beautiful! I normally press flowers, but now I really want to go out and collect some leaves (though it is December and there aren't many leaves left!)

  7. GORGEOUS. I love fall leaves so much I chose one as a tattoo, what an inspiring collection.

    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

    I am having a fabulous giveaway right here.

  8. I love that last picture, the colors look so cool! Wish I could have an awesome leaf collection like that, but I can't find that much of a variety living in the city :(

  9. Oh my! All the different varieties of color and shape are so lovely! I'm going to have to try some plant pressing myself!


  10. aaaww! These pictures are awesome! I love trees and leaves! You have gingko biloba leaves too! It's one of my favorite tree because it's one of the first trees making leaves after Tchernobyl.
    It's like it represent hope for me :)

  11. i have always want to press some flowers and leave and put them in frames but never really knew how. thanks for you posts! I just love your press plants!

  12. that last picture would make a great painting

  13. I bought a bookmark once at my local museum of pressed flowers and leaves. It was laminated and cut out, with cute raffia string on the bottom. You should do that! That way you can enjoy how they look every day!

  14. Also I love the ginko leaves especially :)

  15. Pressing leaves is a great idea! You should put them in shadow boxes like you do with the bugs! It would be beautiful!


  16. this is gorgeous! all the colors and textures... oooh the wonderful nature! <3


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