Spruce up your Thanksgiving table: 4 easy steps for making homemade waxed leaves

 Thanksgiving is a holiday intended to give us the time to reflect and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. Walking our trails and conservation areas is a great way to spend time with the family – or enjoy some time alone. If you are planning a get-together, why not head outside for a nature hike and collect some things along the way to decorate your Thanksgiving table?

Colourful red and yellow leaves collected by you and your family will make any table look festive. You can follow your walk with a crafting activity by helping your kids wax the leaves.

What you’ll need:

Wax paper, an iron, an ironing board, a towel, a pair of scissors – and the leaves, of course.

What to do:

  1. Place a leaf between two pieces of wax paper.
  2. Put a towel or a piece of thick paper over the wax paper.
  3. Press on the towel or paper with a warm iron to seal the wax sheets together (two to five minutes on each side). Once you have finished one side, flip the leaf over and do the other side.
  4. Cut around the leaf, leaving a small amount of wax paper around the edge to ensure it stays sealed.

Ta-da! Now you have blended the outdoors, exercise, crafts and decorating all into one great Thanksgiving weekend.

Reminder: All City offices will be closed for the holiday. Waste collection will not be affected and will continue as regularly scheduled for the week.


Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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