Remove leaf tissue to see a beautiful “skeleton” of veins! This project can be done with a variety of fresh leaves in the spring, summer, or fall.
Step 1:What you need
Sodium carbonate (washing soda)
Pot (not aluminum)
Soft bristle toothbrush
Step 2:Simmer the leaves
Wash the leaves
Put a half liter (a little more than 2 cups) of water into the pot.
Add 4 teaspoons of sodium carbonate to the water. Place the pot on a stove burner and stir to dissolve the sodium carbonate in the water. Heat the mixture on the stove until it just starts boiling.
Add the leaves to the mixture in the pot and turn the heat down to simmer.
Let the leaves simmer in the mixture for about 30 minutes.
Step 3:Remove the leaves, brush and put them into fresh water
Use the spoon to carefully remove the leaves from the pot and transfer them to a shallow dish.
Use the soft toothbrush to carefully brush the green parts of the leaf.
Put some cool water in a shallow dish and put these brushed leaves into it.
Let it air dry on a clean paper plate while you work on more leaves.
Step 4:Decorate the leaf skeleton
Press the leaves flat with two pieces of tape.
Cut off excess tape along the shape of the leaves.
Try framing your leaf skeleton, or using it to decorate a homemade card.
- Sodium carbonate (washing soda)
- Pot (not aluminum)
- Soft bristle toothbrush
- Shallow dish
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