Do you want to know How To Make Folded Paper Leaves? These easy homemade paper leaves are so versatile and quick to make. You can make them in different sizes and any colours you like. We love using our paper leaves in all sorts of art and craft projects and for homemade decor too.
We think these folded paper leaves are a lovely decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Or how about glueing them to homemade greeting cards? What about hanging them up to make a gorgeous Autumn mobile or using them to decorate a Fall bulletin board? I’m sure you can think of 101 ways to use your folded leaves!
Folded Paper Leaves Instructions
Paper Leaf Supplies
- Coloured Craft Paper
How To Easily Make DIY Paper Leaves
1 – To make your paper leaves start by measuring out a square of craft paper. (You can experiment with different sizes.) Fold the square in half to mark the mid line and then open it up again.
2 – Fold the paper from one side to meet the mid line and then repeat with the other side.
3 – Again, fold the paper in half lengthways down your original fold.
4 – Create a small diagonal fold at either of the open end corners.
5 – To make the texture on your folded paper leaves start making small and even accordion folds diagonally, keeping the folds aligned with the first diagonal fold. Try to keep the folds an even size.
6 – Continue making small diagonal accordion folds until you reach the end of the paper.
7 – Now unfold the lengthways fold that you made in step 3. You can see the leaf like pattern now!
8 – To shape you paper leaves squeeze and twist the bottom end of the folded paper to create the leaf stem. Apply a little glue to secure the twist.
9 – At the top of your paper leaf pinch together the two corners bringing together the two sides of that widest fold. This will bring the paper into a point and leave a small part of the top folds pointing outwards at the back of the leaf. Snip those extra little bits off using scissors.
10 – Now secure you folded paper leaf shape with a line of glue.
We love these simple origami leaves just as they are but you could glue on a longer paper stalk too if you wanted.
Looking for more Fall leaf crafts?
- Try these gorgeous Leaf Window Clings
- Charcoal Leaf Art is a fun alternative to wax crayon leaf rubbings.
- Wax Resist Leaf Paintings are fun for kids of all ages.
- Leaf Luminaries are super easy to make with no glue so they are virtually mess free!
- Here’s a fun way to make different shaped leaves from Red Ted Art.
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