How to Make Leaf Fall Hiking Stick
You will notice a slight shine on the wood and leaf. I used a semi-gloss finish which brought out the natural color of the leaf and wood. The leaf has lost some of its fall colors. I first tried to use a maple leaf but they were too brittle. Next fall I will collect more leaves and use non-dry ones to see if I can retain the colors better.
It's very important not to rush when putting on the leaf. When dried they are very brittle and easy to break. Only one portion of the leaf as glued at a time. Also, the glow was allowed to soak into the leaf a bit to soften it up a bit. This walking stick making project is great for beginners and experienced hiking stick makers.
Hiking Stick Making Leaf collecting
You do not need to wait for the fall to collects leaves to make your hiking stick. Yesterday I noticed a tree dropping some very colorful leaves. It almost summer here in Miami and some of the Tropical trees are shedding a few leaves. We have a Tamarin tree in the front of our house and it sheds leaves 2..3 times a year. In wooded areas just about year round you can find a few colorful leaves for your walking stick project.
Also, its a good time to collect wood from tree trimmings too.