Nicole Duke’s Easy and Free DIY Fall Decoration

DIY Fall Leaf Rose Tutorial

DIY Fall Leaf Roses Decoration TutorialI found these easy DIY fall leaf roses on Facebook but the person who posted it was not the girl who created it, Nicole Duke. I did a Google search for Nicole Duke’s fall leaf roses and nothing came back directly about her but I LOVE this idea and had to share with you! It reminds me of the flowers my mom showed me how to make when I was a kid using leaves. I can picture these as a table centerpiece for Thanksgiving or a wedding. It’s a great autumn decoration. My family had a fun time using the fall leaves for roses and we are sure you will too!

She used the wrapping floral shops use to keep it all together. I remember mom using the stem of a leaf but for long-lasting durable leaves, you may want to use another material to wrap the base with. If it’s going to be in a vase, any tape would do as long as it was covered. I even made some and just used regular scotch tape. See this post for ways to preserve dried leaves.
There is a tutorial below. If you can’t find leaves where you are this Fall, check out these DIY tissue paper flowers!

Fall leaf rose DIY project

DIY Fall Leaf Roses Supplies

  • Several leaves for each flower (10-15 various sizes and colors)
  • Short Twigs
  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors

Directions for DIY Fall Leaf Roses

  • Begin with a smaller leaf. Placing the colorful side down, fold the points in. Begin to roll the leaf from one side.
  • Take a second leaf and fold the center point down. Place the first rolled leaf in the center, fold down the side points on the second leaf and wrap both sides around the first.
  • Continue to add leaves, rotating the flower as you go to get an even size. Use larger leaves on the outside.
  • Once you have the desired size, wrap the stems tightly with florist tape.
  • Place a twig on the bottom and wrap with the florist tape.

Tip: Keep the petals tucked in so that it doesn’t unravel.

Good luck! We’d love to see how you do. Post your pictures on our Facebook page or in the comments below!

Foliage season is such a short season, I hope you can make many beautiful fall leaf rose bouquets! They’d be a lovely inexpensive gift for friends and family. Some people have used them as centerpieces for fall weddings and they are beautiful!

If you are looking for another flower project that would last long into the winter, check out these beautiful and easy DIY tissue paper flower decorations.

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169 thoughts on “Nicole Duke’s Easy and Free DIY Fall Decoration”

    1. Years ago when I made floral arrangements from the leaves of the Liquid Amber tree, I rubbed a very light coating of hand lotion gently on each leaf. The lotion kept the leaves supple, and they lasted a long time without drying out. Liquid Amber tress are about the only trees that changes to many fall colors in So. Calif,

      1. I will try this as it is the only one that doesn’t require me to buy anything extra AND it seems the most environmentally friendly, except perhaps for the waxed paper one.

  1. Does the color stay on these or do they turn brown? Should they maybe be sprayed with clear spray paint? Or ironed between wax paper to keep the color before making.

    1. cgammon@here2helpservices.com

      Thank you but I can’t take credit for the pictures… Nicole Duke created them but I can’t find her to link to her. It’s a shame because I would love to find more of her stuff! I just had to pass it on for this season!

  2. I got all excited and thought, “Oh wow, I am going to gather leaves tomorrow!!”, THEN, I remembered that I just moved to Florida and there are not fallen leaves here. :(. Definitely going to try and make them out of artificial leaves!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. If they come out, I will definitely post them.

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  5. Sharlene Sigurdson

    at 7:30am went out and gathered some small and large maple leaves. dried them off a bit with paper towel as we had our first light frost last nite! my first one turned out not too bad, think I need to roll the inside leaves tighter; I used 6 leaves but need to use more; prob. 10. yr pics and instructions were fine! can’t wait to do more, a lot more as I want to do a Canadian maple leaf grapevine wreath! 🙂

    1. My friend just got married October 4th and she made these for her wedding in place of all her flowers cuz they made everything handmade for their wedding absolutely beautiful

  6. At the bottom there seems to be a tip about how to stop them from unraveling but I do not find it to be very clear. Maybe the hair spray or floral tape will help?

    1. Ooo, great idea! I use 9 or 10 of them of various sizes. Try starting with smaller ones in the middle and bigger as you go out. I’d love to see a picture of this when you have it all decorated! Post to our Facebook page! Congratulations to your daughter!

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  9. I wonder if Modge Podge or another paint on sealer would work for this. I am going to make a couple tomorrow and see. Modge podge is used for decoupage and as a sealer so I think it will work and would be easy to use as it dries fast. After I have made the flower I will seal it and see how that works. Thank you for sharing such a great idea. Don’t you just love nature? Recycling…lol

  10. Can’t wait to try this. I have always been “crafty” and love things you can do using free or very cheap items & turn them into something nice. One man’s trash is another’s treasure kind of person. Being a single mom meant I had to use my head instead of my pocketbook to decorate. Thank you for adding this to my list of crafts.

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      1. I made roses out of crepe(?) paper while growing up in Peru. U enjiyed doing it as it seemed almist therapeutc to me. I’m considering making some with my son some time as I’m not as craftsy anymore. I love this!

        1. Hi Claudia,
          Thanks for your comments. I bet the paper ones were awesome too! And they probably last as long. I encourage you to make them with your son! They are a fun little project and there is no wrong way with them. They all come out beautiful!

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  13. This is funny.The only new thing about this, that has been created is it has been documented on how to make them.I am 65 yrs old and I remember my great-grandmother making them for wreaths,center pieces and we made them for in my hair with ribbons attached when I was little and always saved a few to use for decorating some Christmas gifts.It may have been a new craft created to you but many creative minds came before all of us..they just never had a video camera.

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  15. How creative & pretty! And those of you asking for step by step instructions if you would just read the article you will see them and even a video to help guide & show you how they did it. Many thanks & blessed be!

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  22. I made these and they turned out pretty good. I found leaves that were beautiful but a bit too dry so I put them in a bowl of warm water to wet them down a bit. What I didn’t do that I see here Is fold the outer leaves a bit to get that lovely rolled edge some of the petals have. I’m going to make a few more and try to post a pic later. Thanks for posting this great idea!

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    1. We’ve heard back from several people that they are doing that. I would recommend practicing in advance and making sure to preserve them. There is a link at the top of the page with options of how to preserve them.

      I made one last year that lasted for months without preserving it… but I didn’t use it for anything.

      Good luck on your wedding! We’d love to see pictures!

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      1. I’ve already bookmarked this page for my imaginary future wedding ;P I don’t like the idea of cutting flowers and I love fall, so they would make the perfect bouquet or “floral” arrangements.

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  40. This is so cool. My daughter and I will do this next weekend when she gets back from her trip. She is so bummed when our real roses stop growing that this will allow her to have some fun and make something that resembles her favorite flower! Thanks!

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