Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumn Maple Leaf Crowns

A tangerine and russet cascade
Of kaleidoscopic leaves
Creates a tapestry of autumn magic
Upon the emerald carpet of fading summer.
Judith A. Lindberg

The hills are peaking out right now in our part of the world ~ alive with blazing, glorious shades of Autumn. 
One morning recently, I woke up and realized that today was the day we needed to drop everything and just spend the day admiring, collecting and playing with (and in) these firey leaves...knowing that soon the trees will be bare and the majestic display will be over. So we headed out for a "celebrate the leaves" day!  The activity the girls enjoyed most was making and wearing these maple leaf crowns. 

These crowns seemed to transport them into a space of spritely royalty...the queens of Autumn!

Luna crowned herself  crimson zahra

and Solana scarlett gold

~ To make these ~

collect an assortment of colorful maple leaves 

cut off the tip of the stem

fold your next leaf in half

poke your cut stem through the folded leaf, threading it in and out

continue with cutting the end of each stem, folding, then poking and threading

until it is the right size to fit ~ then connect the two ends in the same manner.

You can then slide your favorite leaf into the front of the crown  for the crown's finishing touch!

Such immense gratitude for these stunning fall days

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot


~ Shanti ~


  1. Autumn princesses! I love your blog.

  2. stunning colors!! so vibrant they don't seem real even. these crowns are a favorite here, though we have never folded the leaves. will give that a try next time as it gives it a finished look that is appealing.

    i love that george eliot quote! happy autumn!!

  3. Would you believe most of our leaves are brown already?! We need to make some crowns asap!:)

  4. If you have never seen Andy Goldsworthy's art you should. Your leaf flower reminds me of it. He works only with nature and limited tools to create utter magic. He has a documentary SO worth watching. He lives in Scotland with his family.

    Lovely fall art... thanks for sharing.

  5. This is such a beautiful (and SIMPLE) idea. We're going away for some fall fun soon and making leaf crowns for my three are now on my list. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh, Shanti! So, so beautiful! I love them. I want one. I may do this as a children's craft on Halloween in a local city park. Perfect! love, Beth

  7. gorgoues ... oh how I love autumn xx

  8. Gorgeous! As usual, you creativity shines. Lucky, lucky girls.

  9. At 47, my new goal is to go outside, gather leaves, make my first Autumn leaf crown and wear it all day! These are stunning and inspire me to picnic and read poetry while wearing a leaf crown. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Wonderful idea!! As soon as our leaves change, we will be trying this. :)

  11. Oh my - I just discovered your blog via Crafty Crow and can't stop looking - it's so cute and fun! I love finding a new blog that I feel a connection to. Thanks so much!

  12. I think Aspen leaves will present a challenge--but one we will attempt to overcome to create magnificent crowns like these! Thank you!

  13. I just love those crowns! We are in Spring now but I will have to keep that idea for next Autumn.

  14. I walked by a beautiful fall tree a little while ago and I remembered seeing this blog post. I couldn't resist trying it out for myself, and it looks awesome! (I feel very cool wearing it, too.) :D

  15. I love this idea and will start collecting leaves asap to create these with my grandkids. I found out about this thru my daughter, Steph's blog.

  16. that looks like a very fun project for kids of any age. Thanks!!

  17. Adorable. My kids would love this activity! I am featuring this at

  18. Saw the crowns at Crafty Crow, they are to die for. We've done daisy chains and plain old leaf crowns but these are really magnificent. B

  19. Tried and failed. =( I couldn't actually poke through the leaf with the stem, so I got a pin and poked the holes and then threaded. But the crown kept falling apart. =( Maybe the leaves were too small and/or soft?

  20. I love these, so much that I had to feature them.

  21. I've just come from Crafty Crow. My goodness. I love this so much. I live in Austraia so it's not fall but I'll have to remember this. Just gorgeous!


  22. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. Always a big fan of midsummer and may day crowqns - fall crowns - never thought! Brilliant.

  23. Just letting you know that I linked to this post in a unit study I wrote about autumn leaves:

  24. I love the colors of the leaves. I can remember having the most fun by jumping into a pile of leaves. I'm get in trouble sometimes though because my mom would work hard to put that pile together.


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