*This tutorial was put together by Mandy @ SugarBee Craft Edition for winning the “Natural” challenge*
There is nothing more “natural” in the fall those those gorgeous leaves.Â I LOVE the bright red ones especially, so I used them to make a wreath.Â Â 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!Â 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.Â 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.Â Put a dab of hot glue.Â Then fold and wrap another leaf around the outside.Â Most the bigger rosettes had 4-5 leaves.Â The small tight rosettes had 2-3 leaves.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â For my edges I wrapped leaves around and glued them like so, to hide the cardboard:
And that’s it!Â 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!Â Come by and see my on my blog, Sugar Bee Craft Edition – – Mandy