So, I thought of this idea for the contest and made it (with Kate’s help rolling rosettes and picking leaves off tall trees – thanks for that!) and wrote the post all in one day – phew! The theme was “natural”.
There is nothing more “natural” in the fall those those gorgeous leaves. I LOVE the bright red ones especially, so I used them to make a wreath. That’s right, the rosettes in the wreath are made from folded and wrapped leaves!!
Here’s an upclose view of the leaves turned into rosettes – WOW, right?!
I tied the wreath around a frame I already had and set it on my piano with some more leaves and pine cones.
This whole Leaf Rosette Wreath project cost me nothing – love that! I also love that it is RED, so I think this can transition easy into holiday decor.
So, would you like a brief how-to??
First, collect the leaves – they need to be pliable (err, “bendy”) so I pulled them right off the tree. Then cut a circle wreath form out of a discarded box – I had purchased wreath forms that were twisty, but they weren’t going to work – the cardboard was perfect.
For the leaf rosettes, fold them in half along the stem, like shown ( just ignore my post-halloween-flaking-nailpolish):
Then cut the stem off and roll it up. Put a dab of hot glue. Then fold and wrap another leaf around the outside. Most the bigger rosettes had 4-5 leaves. The small tight rosettes had 2-3 leaves. After it’s the size you want, use scissors to even up the bottom of the rosette.
As you roll leaf rosettes you’ll find that you can make different “varieties” – loose, big, tight, etc. All are great and add variety to the wreath.
To attach the rosettes to the wreath form, just use a generous amount of hot glue. I did not cover my wreath form first, but I wish I would have – so I’d recommend gluing down a layer of flat leaves to start, that way there’s no risk in seeing cardboard. For my edges I wrapped leaves around and glued them like so, to hide the cardboard:
And that’s it! I hung mine using a strip of tulle in an empty frame – but you could do anything with it – think of laying it flat on a table with a centerpiece of candles in the middle…
Thanks! – – Mandy