Making Roses out of Maple Leaves

If you are short on cash this season but still want to decorate your house beautifully and creatively, you can!  This time of year, above all other seasons, nature gives you (almost) all the ingredients you need to work with.  I live in the city.  I don’t own a tree. I don’t really even have a yard.  But there are trees in the park and they look glorious right now!  And best of all, leaves are gorgeous and they are FREE.

The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

How incredibly perfect is this leaf?  Sigh. I love autumn.

I took along my trusty companion (who was not at all pleased with being tied to the fence) and with basket and camera in hand filled my pail full of gorgeous maple leaves.

For this project, you will want to collect supple fresh leaves and leave the tainted ones behind.  The fresher your leaves, the easier the craft will be.  Also be sure to collect leaves in varying sizes and colors.

Once you have your basket of leaves, you will gather your other supplies of thread, beading wire, and perhaps lotion to preserve your leaves longer.  If you have glycerin at home, that would work best.  I didn’t, so I used this luscious spiced chestnut lotion.  Yum!

Next, open up this Russian link at Lobzik and follow her fantastic tutorial.  No worries if the page doesn’t translate for you.  Her pics are so fabulous and step-by-step, you won’t need any words.  Start with your smaller leaves and keep adding larger leaves until you have the sized rose you want.

Once your leaf roses are done, make a wreath, a bouquet, place cards, fill a jar, etc.  Have fun with your leaf flowers and go crazy with them!

Link to me if you make these, so I can see your creations!  Happy Rose Making!

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  1. Courtney {a thoughtful place} says

    Those are so pretty. How clever. I wish we had those gorgeous leaves here but not so much. What beautiful photos as well {love the yellow pillow}

  2. Madigan at madiganmade says

    Love how they turned out. Wonder if you could make yellow roses w/ another leaf, too?
    Are those beans as your vase filler? I love that, too!

  3. Kim @ Starshine Chic says

    They are gorgeous!!!! I just wish we got fall leaves here in SoCal, but we don't. At least not around where I live. Our leaves don't even fall off the tree till Christmas. Drats!

  4. Richella says

    Those are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for the idea. . .and the inspiration. . . and the information!

    Jeepers, that's three i's. Add a poem and you could have a sermon.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. [email protected] says

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! So pretty! A great DIY project! Love your site…Im a blogging Newbie…come see me:-)
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  6. Randi says

    Those are crazy beautiful … I can't believe they're made from leaves! Wish we had those gorgeous leaf colors here.

  7. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    For those of you with no fall color, you can lightly spray your green leaves with red or yellow spray paint to get the same effect. It really works!

  8. Sheila says

    What beauties! Hope the drop in temps here in SC tonight doesn't ruin the leaves out in my yard. I'll be rolling leaves tomorrow for sure!
    Can't wait!!! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  9. Sonya says

    Those roses are gorgeous! I've got to find me some maple trees! I have tons of Ponderosa pines around here, but not much else.

  10. Nancy says

    What a unique way to display those gorgeous leaves!! I need to try this. By the way, you can go to and click on Babel Fish Translation and enter that Russian website and have them translate it. That's what I did. Of course, it's not perfect, but you get the gist of what she's saying. But, you're right, the photos make it easy enough. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. says

    I am blown away by these! Absolutely gorgeous! (the dog is pretty dang cute too!) thanks for sharing – I am putting a link to this on my Facebook page – hope that is ok?

  12. Lemonade Makin' Mama says

    One word. FABULOUS! Totally an idea I would never have come up with in a million years. Who knew you could actually create something so gorgeous with leaves? Wowza. :)

  13. Jeannette says

    Those are very gorgeous I think I will take a walk in the park today with my kiddies.

    Also wanted to let you know that if you use google chrome.The page will automatically offer to translate for you.

  14. Gail says

    Absolutely gorgeous Beth! Our leaves are now starting to turn. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    P.S. Your dog is as cute as can be.

  15. Rachelle says

    Looks gorg! We've got a ton of pretty leaves out on our yard I could do this with.. Hmm.. Sunday project? :)


  16. Urban Farmgirl says

    Seriously?? This is AWESOME! Girl, you rock my socks off! Maple leaves into roses…who would have thought??

    A genius, you are!


  17. Festiveworks says

    Wow! These are amazing. It's so original. Too bad fall is too far gone here to try it this year. Just bookmarked for next year. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Kayleem says

    This are great and not hard to make I did one while I was waiting for the school bus yesterday. You can check out my picture on facebook.

  19. Sue says

    Beth- What a fun project resulting in such pretty faux roses! I think there will be a few being made by a lot of bloggers this fall. I bought glycerin to soften some magnolia leaves sent from my gal pal in Florida. I didn't want dry brittle leaves for the wreath I'm gonna make. I'll have to wait for my maple leaves to turn before I try this project. Hope they turn before they fall!
    hugs, Sue

  20. Shel at Dreamy Nest says

    Beth – these are absolutely gorgeous! I love them! I don't have any maples around here but I was reading the the comments about using magnolia leaves. Those – I have.

  21. Amanda @ Frills & Frolic says

    I love these roses! I have been wanting to make them for weeks now! I linked back to your blog! I would love for you to visit mine!

  22. Amanda @ Frills & Frolic says

    I love these roses! I have been wanting to make them for weeks now! I linked back to your blog! I would love for you to visit mine!

  23. Patricia Ann says

    Hi… just stumbled onto this awesome old post… leaves can be brushed with mod podge … they stay pretty supple after drying and easy to work with.

  24. Jessica says

    I have a friend that is going to have a fall wedding, she wants to make these for her wedding so I was wondering if you know how long they last? Colors fade on some leaves, is there a way to prolong their freshness? Thank you, its a beautiful project!


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