Who knew the garden could be an endless, free source of gorgeous bookmarks and gift tags.
CREATIVE SOLUTION | We’ve all seen dried or preserved foliage—tired, dusty, brittle arrangements begging to thrown out. Preserving leaves in glycerin not only keeps them supple but makes them as tough as leather. Keep a bunch on hand for ready bookmarks or, if you now read all your novels on an electronic device, label them with metallic ink to use as place cards or gift tags.
How To Preserve Leaves and Branches
1. Pick the leaves, individually or still on the branch, when they are in prime condition. These are rhododendron leaves (plentiful in these parts), but try other kinds of foliage too as the results vary from plant to plant.
2. Make a solution of one part glycerin (available at the drugstore) to two parts boiling water. Immerse individual leaves in a shallow pan; place small stones on top to keep them submerged.
3. Place the pan in a cool, out-of-the-way spot for at least two weeks or until the solution permeates the entire leaf.
4. To preserve branches, stand them in a bucket of the solution and set aside for at least three weeks. —Brendan Power