Gather fallen leaves (with their stems) in good condition. Do not let them dry longer than 24 hours before preserving.
If using a block of beeswax, slice two ounces into smaller pieces if possible to make it melt faster.
Set Up Work Area
Line baking tray with wax paper and have supplies ready.
Set up double boiler on stove with two cups of water in bottom cooking pot and heat-proof bowl or other suitable pot on top.
Place beeswax in top bowl and bring water to boil to melt beeswax. You want the beeswax to turn to liquid but not get any hotter. As beeswax begins to soften, check constantly with thermometer. The melting point is 62 to 64°C (144 to 147 °F). Adjust heat to keep around this temperature.
Use tweezers to grip end of leaf stem and dip into melted beeswax until coated on all side and up stem to tweezers. This takes just a few seconds.
Raise leaf out of beeswax and allow excess to drip off before placing leaf on wax paper.
Repeat for rest of leaves.
After beeswax coat dries (just takes a few minutes), you can re-dip each leaf is desired.
Melted beeswax dries quickly. Once the leaves are cool they are ready to use for crafts or decorations.
Beeswax is harmless but it is not easy to remove once it has dried on clothing or other surfaces.Wear a craft apron (that can get messy) and watch what you're doing to avoid drips.It's a good idea to practice the dipping process before you melt the beeswax to get your setup just right.