How to make a crown of leaves

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How to make a crown of leaves

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 by Lori Frederick

Grab some scissors.

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

Trim the bulbed end from the leaves.

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

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

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

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

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

Weave the end in and out a few times.

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

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 by Lori Frederick

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

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 by Lori Frederick

Voila!

Here’s to a lovely fall season!

how to make a crown of leaves by Lori Frederick

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About the Author:

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. Visit Lori Frederick online.
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19 Comments

  1. Amanda Como Nov 08 2013 at 11:41 am - Reply

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

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

    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 - Reply

    Great tutorial, Lori!!!

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

    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 - Reply

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

  6. Angel Jepsen Nov 08 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    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 - Reply

    Wow! Awesome Job! Cant wait to try this!

  8. Amy Lucy Lockheart Nov 08 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

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

  9. Elisa Nov 08 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! What a great idea and fantastic photo!

  10. jennifer123 Nov 08 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    incredible tutorial and gorgeous images!! love this!!

  11. Melissa Stottmann Nov 08 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

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

  12. Seija Kenn Nov 08 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    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. Nancy Nov 08 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Adore!

  14. Azka Nov 08 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    LOVE this! Thank you!

  15. Ginger Nov 10 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Love!

  16. Su Nov 12 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

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

  17. kara_jb Nov 20 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    this is so fabulous, lori!

  18. Nancy Nov 22 2013 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    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?

  19. Erin Dalton Oct 02 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Thank you for this gorgeous tutorial! Your photography is absolutely beautiful. We made a version of the crown this week and I included your link in the blog post of our favourite Autumn Leaf Crafts!
    http://piesandgents.blogspot.ie/2015/10/autumn-leaf-projects-kid-crafts.html

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