We love Autumn! All those pretty Autumn colours – reds, yellows and oranges and all those fantastic Leaf Craft Ideas heading our way. As we do love our Paper Crafts here on Red Ted Art.. our paper craft love affair continues today with these cute and Easy Paper Leaf designs.
First published in September 2017 and updated and republished for your convenience!
These are NOT Origami Leaf Patterns, but they have their origin in origami. They are similar to the gorgeous paper butterflies we did earlier in the year, so I do hope you love this Paper Leaf Craft as much as I do!!
To make these paper leaves, you will need:
- A square piece of paper – any size, we used 14 x 14 cm
- A little glue
As mentioned these are NOT Origami Leaves, though LOOK like they are origami leaves, but paper leaves that do require a little cutting and gluing (but not much!).
The great thing about this easy paper leaf how to, is that you do NOT need a paper leaf template to make it. You start off with a square piece of paper and work your way onwards from there. We will show you how to make a paper leaf step by step today. It really is easy and pretty and fun!
How to Make a Paper Leaf
Yes it is video time again. Most of our Paper Crafts DIYs are lend themselves to the video format – the video on auto play shows you this easy craft. Or scroll down to find a slightly longer YouTube version! Though I have written out the basic instructions for you too!
Paper Leaf step by step instructions
- Begin by folding your square piece of paper in half.
- Take a ruler and draw a line from top left of the rectangle (where the fold is) to the bottom right of the rectangle (where the folded paper opens)
- Cut along this line and put the cut offs to one side, you can use them for making a stem later.
- Now open your folded triangle to reveal a “bigger triangle”.
- Starting at the bottom, start folding a 0.5cm concertina until you get to the very tip.
- Now fold the concertina in half (the long flat edges meeting, the tip being on the outside).
- This is your basic leaf shape. You can now glue it down and can finish here..
OR you can..
8. Add a stem, by taking one of the discarded triangles, rolling them into a tube. Flattening it and hooking it over the bottom of your leave before gluing all in place.
If you watch the video on auto play there is a second option for making the stem too!
Aren’t these Paper Leaves simply stunning? I love how simple and yet effective they are just gorgeous. Love this Paper Leaf DIY and hope you do too!
As well as more fantastic Autumn Crafts for Kids here
And a fanstic set of LEAF CRAFTS here
A slightly longer version of this video is also available for viewing on my YouTube Channel: