How to Make a Roman Emperor Leaf Crown

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Roman emperors, such as Augustus Caesar, wore laurel leaf crowns.
Roman emperors, such as Augustus Caesar, wore laurel leaf crowns. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Many ancient societies viewed the laurel leaf as a sign of victory or recognition. Olympians, scholars and royalty wore crowns of laurel leaf wreaths. Roman emperors frequently portrayed themselves wearing these crowns of glory. Create your own Roman emperor crown with the use of floral leaves. Using these leaves gives you a professional look at a fraction of the cost of ready-made rings of laurel leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Gold foil laurel leaves
  • Gold floral tape

Measure the head circumference for the needed size of the crown. Add 3 inches to the length. Cut the wire. Loop the wire into a circle. Overlap the wire by 1 1/2 inches, and wrap the wire ends around each other to secure.

Pick up two leaves and hold them evenly in one hand. Twist the wires together with the other hand. Lay the wire stems of the leaves next to the circle or wire ring. Wrap the leaves’ wires around the ring of wire.

Pick up two new leaves and twist the stems together in the same manner as the first two. Place the leaves onto the wire ring, slightly overlapping with the last set of leaves. Wrap the wires around the ring. Continue adding sets of leaves until the leaves cover the whole circumference of the wire ring or crown.

Wrap the wire ring tightly with the floral tape, covering all of the wires and securing them into place. Arrange each set of the leaves into a V-shape.

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