Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Rolled Autumn leaf and Rose Hip Garland
Roll an autumn leaf into a tube
Place another leaf over the first and wrap the roll
Place another leaf over the first two leaves and wrap. I let the stems dangle, all pointing in the same direction up the length of my garland
To secure the garland I used copper wire. I find that most wires cut into the leaves so I use a very thin wire... that I unwrap from a copper pot scrubber. It is really a great wire to use in floral crafts and inexpensive enough to use generously. See the Tutorial below for instructions on how to unravel and roll wire from a pot scrubber
Place about a centimeter of wire into the leave tube and start to wrap the leaves tightly with the wire, pinching the wire in the tube to secure.
Wrap the leaves quite tightly to make sure it doesn't come undone when the leaf shrivels and dries.
As you add leaves add a few rose hips into the garland. Do not cut the thin stems of the rose hips short as this adds to the strength of the garland. Cover the stems with an Autumn leaf and secure with wrapping wire
Add a few autumn leaves to create a pretty garland
Cover the stems with another leaf. Let the stem point up and secure with wire
Keep adding leaves to create a long garland.
... and add rose hips to decorate
The leaf garland is quite strong and robust. You can continue to add leaves to any length you require
Continue to add leaves, rolling the one over the one before and wrap it with wire. At the end of the garland knot the wire on itself and cut the wire short.