Making paper flowers of all kinds is quite the rage right now. But how about making roses from autumn leaves? The best part is that these colorful leaves are plentiful (unless you live in Texas like I do!) and free. Beth at www.thestoriesofa2z.com made these beautiful roses below.
They are simple to make. Gather your leaves, some wire and glycerin or hand lotion. Wipe the leaves with the lotion to make them more pliable and help preserve them. Roll one leaf tightly for the center. Then, folding each leaf in half and keeping the fold at the top of the flower, wrap two or more (depending on the flower size desired) around the center and wrap the base tightly with wire. There is a tutorial in Russian at this site - no need for translation as the photos are beautiful and self-explanatory.
If you make these, I would love to see them, so please share!