Leaf Rosette Wreath

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

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Comments

  1. says

    I am so in love with this!! As soon as I saw it on SYTYC I put a link to it on my “to-do” blog list. I live in New England, and this is such an amazing way to utilize the gorgeous leaves. I am SO glad you posted this tutorial, because I wasnt quite sure how you did the rolling.
    So, do you think this wreath will last you only one season? Or do you plan on keeping it for years?
    Thanks again!
    Lindsay

  2. says

    I love this idea! I love the leaf colors. Where I live most of the leaves have died before really changing this year :( maybe next year I can make this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    That is so pretty. Did you know that if you press leaves in glossy magazines the ink will preserve them so that they are dry and flexible?

  4. says

    Hey Mandy, just wanted to let you know I FEATURED your beautiful wreath today. I simply adore it, and so wish I could have made one, but all the leaves are yucky brown now.

    Thank you so much for linking to **Amaze me August**, and I really hope you share more wonderful projects with my readers soon. :)

    Come grab yourself a button girl, and display it proudly:)

    Bella :)

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