"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn Roses

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!


Robin said...

Now how cool is that!!!!

LollyChops said...

Oh man... how I would love to make these Susan! But like you... here we are in Texas where it goes from green to brown in the blink of an eye. I do have one tree that drops yellow leaves but the shape is kinda wonky... I may start stalking other people's yards for leaves here soon!


Melissa Samuels said...

Oh, WOW! At first glance I thought those were real roses! So beautiful! I live in Virginia and the trees are starting to change, so I may be able to make these. TFS!

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting Melissa. I went to college in VA and remember the autumns - gorgeous!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

these are sooooo gorgeous! thanks for sharing how you created them. I also wanted to thank you for the kind comments on my blog. Have a wonderful week! :)