Need a creative way to decorate the blank walls in your apartment or home? This DIY project is for you! This is a great way to add some flair to your space. This DIY tutorial comes from the super creative people at The Kreative Life.
For this project, you will need a few large and waxy leaves (make sure they aren't very dry), super washing soda (you can find this at the grocery store), a large pot, water, rubber gloves, colander, bleach, food color and a shallow dish.
Prepare the leaf-soaking liquid
In order to remove the skin from the leaves, mix 2 cups of super washing soda and 12 cups of water in the large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Make sure the area that you doing this in is well-ventilated and do not inhale the fumes.
Simmer the leaves
Place the leaves in the mixture and lower heat to a simmer. Allow the leaves to simmer for 2-3 hours. Remove the leaves from the mixture after that time and place them in a colander and allow the water to drain. Run cool water over the leaves. Make sure to be gentle with the leaves as they are fragile.
Soak leaves in bleach
Rinse out the bowl, and add just enough water to cover the leaves. Add 1/2 cup of bleach to the water. Place the leaves in the bowl of bleach and water and let the leaves soak in the bleach for 20-30 minutes. Make sure you wear rubber gloves whenever you are handling bleach!
Remove the skin of the leaf
Remove the leaves from the bleach mixture. Place one on the palm of your (gloved) hand and run water over the leaf. The skin of the leaf should wash off. You might need to rub the leaf a little bit to help remove some of the skin.
Your leaves should look somewhat like this after you get done rinsing them.
If you want to add color to your skeleton leaves, fill a shallow dish with enough water to cover the leaf. Add a few drops of food coloring. Place the leaf in the colored water for about 10-15 minutes.
Let the leaves dry
Remove the leaves from the dish with colored water and place them on a cooling rack. Allow the leaves to dry completely.
Step back and look at your artsy and beautiful creation!
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