how to make a crown of leaves

by Lori Frederick

Ah, fall… crisp air, boot weather (I’m looking at YOU, Frye boots!) and the seasonal explosion of pumpkin spice everything!

Fall in New England is nothing short of spectacular.  Why not celebrate the season by making a super-easy crown of leaves to adorn your favorite noggin?  These are perfect for play or a DIY photo prop and the best part is that there is no wire or tape involved.  These are also lovely to make with the little ones in your life.  I learned how to make these little beauties from my sweet Grandma when I was a kid.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Gather freshly fallen leaves. Think soft and bendy and with long stems.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Grab some scissors.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Trim the bulbed end from the leaves.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Take your first leaf and fold 1/3 of the leaf behind itself.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Take your next leaf and gently poke the end through the first folded leaf.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Weave the end in and out a few times.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Fold 1/3 of each leaf behind and continue this pattern until the crown is large enough to encircle the owner’s head.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Finish your crown by weaving the final leaf with the stem of the first leaf, being careful to tuck the ends in.

how to make a crown of leaves photo

Voila!

Here’s to a lovely fall season!

how to make a crown of leaves photo

how to make a crown of leaves photoLori Frederick, Maine
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Lori is a self-taught photographer, living in Southern Maine (land of lobsters and lighthouses) with her spunky 2 year old daughter and uber-patient hubby. She is a chatty, tea-drinking, vintage store-loving girl, who can usually be found creating art, crafting or cooking. She loves photographing her daughter’s daily life and shooting for clients with her Canon 5D Mark iii that her daughter affectionately named Francine.

 

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19 Responses to “how to make a crown of leaves”

  1. Nov 08 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Oooooh…can’t wait to try one of these! Thanks for this clever tutorial! :)

  2. Christy Bredahl
    Nov 08 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Amazing photos and what a gorgeous model! I will have to try to make that one day soon!

  3. JessicaAllison
    Nov 08 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Great tutorial, Lori!!!

  4. Jana O'Flaherty
    Nov 08 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I LOVE this! I can’t wait to round up some leaves and give it a shot! Thank you Lori!!! Beautiful work!

  5. Melissa Peters
    Nov 08 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    What an amazing tutorial!!! LOVE this! Thanks for sharing with us, Lori!

  6. Nov 08 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve been wondering how you made this. Thanks for the awesome tutorial :)

  7. Tammy Loveless
    Nov 08 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Wow! Awesome Job! Cant wait to try this!

  8. Nov 08 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Love this SO much! I have to make this for my girls!

  9. Nov 08 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Gorgeous! What a great idea and fantastic photo!

  10. jennifer123
    Nov 08 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    incredible tutorial and gorgeous images!! love this!!

  11. Nov 08 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    UM… I’m heading outside to grab leaves right this minute! Thanks for this!!

  12. Nov 08 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Such a beautiful idea- and image of your daughter. The only thing that makes this even better is the fact that your grandmother taught you to do this!

  13. Nov 08 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Adore!

  14. Azka
    Nov 08 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    LOVE this! Thank you!

  15. Nov 10 2013 at 1:55 am #

    Love!

  16. Nov 12 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    What a cool idea, love this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Nov 20 2013 at 8:02 am #

    this is so fabulous, lori!

  18. Nancy
    Nov 22 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I did it..but mine is all floppy and doesn’t sit right and SUPER fragile…any tips on how to get it to stand up like yours?

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