We had Thanksgiving hostess gifts in mind with a package wrapped in black craft paper decorated with a cascade of colorful autumn leaves (these are Pin Oak, zones 4 – 8) preserved in wax and tucked into twine. It’s an easy project.
Press still-pliable leaves (not crispy dry) between two sheet of waxed paper with a hot iron over a towel or piece of newspaper. It takes a few minutes to melt the wax.
Let cool, peel away paper, and use a dab of hot glue to place. Leaves will retain color for several days.