My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Autumn leaf Composite Flower

Cardboard and leaves for the rosette

Cut a circle out of cardboard the size of your Composite flower. Keep in mind that the size of your flower should be in proportion with the size of the autumn leaves that you have collected. Make a hole in the middle.

Glue the leaves onto the rosette cardboard

Set your leaves aside to become slightly dehydrated. Roll the top and sides of the leaves to look like rose petals. Start gluing the petals to the outer edge of the cardboard.

Around the cardboard

Continue adding petals.

Second row of Autumn leaves for the Duchess Rose

Start a second row of petals working from the larger leaves to the smaller ones as you get closer to the middle.

Continue till you have a small gap for the rosebud

Continue to add petals until you have a small gap in the middle of the cardboard.

I add an Autumn Leaf rose in the middle. See below for the Tutorial

Rose for the composite flower

Place a small drop of Oasis Floral Adhesive on the wire stem of your leaf-rose. Set it into the leaves and pierce the wire through the hole in the cardboard.

Rosette Autumn Fall Composite or Duchess Rose

Let the glue set before adding the composite flower to the design. Remember the autumn leaves are extremely fragile and should be handled with care when dry.

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The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

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