Maple leaf roses are a fun gift – and FREE to give. They also make awesome decorations that impress your guests. And they are oh-so-easy to make.
What you will need:
If is very easy and very cheap to make roses from maple leaves.
Here’s what you need:
- maple leaves in several different sizes within the same color range (red, yellow, orange)
- you need 4-5 leaves for each rose, with each one getting larger than the other
- plan how many roses you want in your bouquet – an odd number looks best
- very large green leaves as greenery behind roses
- masking tape
- scissors to cut tape
Step 1: Pick and sort maple leaves.
Go for a walk and choose some maple leaves to make into a bouquet of roses.
- the leaves need to be off the tree so they are fresh and can fold without breaking
- find leaves free of black marks or holes
- choose several the same color but are different hues – lighter to darker red, yellow or orange
- find leaves that are 3 different sizes in the same color range – small, medium and large
- also pick some extra large green leaves to surround the roses with greenery
When you are home, sort the leaves by color first, and then by size into a small, medium and large pile. Smaller leaves will be used for the inner petals and gradually use larger leaves for the outer petals.
Cut pieces of masking tape so they will be ready when you need them.
You’ll need one for each completed rose.
Step 2: Make the center of the rose.
Take your smallest leaf and gently bend it back, in half horizontally.
If your leaf snaps at the bend, it is too dry.
Now roll the folded leaf from one edge to the other.
Pinch it together at bottom.
It should look like a little rosebud.
Step 3: Add more layers.
Now choose a leaf that’s slightly larger for the next layer.
Fold leaf in half.
Hold rosebud in the center of the leaf with your thumb.
Now fold one side down under your thumb.
Fold the other side in under your thumb too.
Now choose another leaf that’s slightly larger again and repeat. Rosebud in center, fold each side down under your thumb.
Step 4: Taping the rose.
Once you have wrapped 4 or 5 leaves and don’t have any more that are larger, it’s time to tape it together.
Take a piece of masking tape and tightly fasten it around the bottom of the leaves.
(Tape is easier to use than wire because the wire tends to rip the leaves.)
Step 5: Forming the bouquet.
Once you have made as many roses as possible out of your leaves, it’s time to form the bouquet. (An odd number of roses looks the best.)
First, arrange the roses the way you want – bigger ones in the center.
Then use masking tape to secure the stems.
Use full leaves to arrange around the maple leaf roses for the bouquet.
Green leaves look more like “greenery”.
Tape all the leaves together by the stem to secure them where you want.
You now have a beautiful bouquet of maple leaf roses.
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