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There's nothing special about making paper leaves. Well, that's what I thought as well until I learned this new trick! All you need to do is- fold a paper, draw a pattern (this is the tricky and exciting part!) and see how the leaf turns out when you complete the rest of the steps.

Follow this ible and find out how to make these fun paper leaves with the help of the same technique!

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make these leaves you will need:

  1. Craft paper,
  2. Pencil,
  3. Scissors,
  4. Craft glue.

Step 2: Templates

I came up with these 7 templates for now. I'm sure you can come up with more. But I'm pretty sure that you can come up with more awesome patterns with the help of this technique. Simply fold a paper into half and draw a pattern and then complete the following steps to create the leaf!

Step 3: Leaf Pattern - 1

Take a square size paper and cut it diagonally to create 2 triangles.

Make small and even accordion folds on any one of the triangle papers.

Hold the center of the folded paper and squeeze it gently to bring the center folds together.

Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to form the leaf.

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 4: Leaf Pattern - 2

Take a paper strip of 1 X 6 inches and fold it into half lengthwise.

Cut the folded paper diagonally from one corner to the other.

Unfold the paper and you will get a flat triangle. Make small and even accordion folds on the triangle.

Hold and squeeze the center of the folded triangle to bring the center folds together.

Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to form the leaf.

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 5: Leaf Pattern - 3

Take a square size paper and fold it into half.

Draw a half arch shape on the paper, keeping the curve of the arch on the open side of the folded paper.

Cut out the arch shape from the paper and unfold it.

Make small and even accordion folds on the paper.

Hold the center of the folded paper and squeeze it gently to bring the center folds together.

Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to complete the leaf.

Step 6: Leaf Pattern - 4

Take a square size paper and neatly fold it into half.

First draw a half arch shape like the previous one and then draw a scallop pattern along the border of the arch.

Cut out the paper along the traced pattern.

Unfold the cutout paper. Make small and even accordion folds on the paper.

Hold and squeeze the center of the folded paper gently to bring the center folds together.

Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to create the leaf. Done!

Step 7: Leaf Pattern - 5

Take a rectangular shaped craft paper and fold it into half width-wise.

Draw a pattern on the folded paper as shown in the picture of this step.

Cut out the paper along the traced pattern.

Open the fold. Make small and even accordion folds on the paper.

Hold and squeeze the center of the folded paper gently to bring the center folds together.

Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to create the maple leaf.

Step 8: Leaf Pattern - 6

Take a rectangular shaped craft paper and fold it into half width-wise.

Draw a half heart shape pattern on the folded paper as shown in the picture of this step. Cut out the paper along the traced pattern.

Open the half fold. Make small and even accordion folds on the cut out paper.

Hold and squeeze the center of the folded paper gently to bring the folds together. Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to create the heart shaped leaf.

Step 9: Leaf Pattern - 7

Take a rectangular shaped craft paper and fold it into half width-wise.

Draw a toothed pattern on the folded paper as shown in the picture of this step. The pattern should be along the open side of the folded paper.

Cut out the paper along the traced pattern.

Unfold the cutout paper. Make small and even accordion folds on it.

Hold and squeeze the center of the folded paper gently to bring the center folds together. Apply glue along any one side of the inner fold and join the inner sides to create the toothed leaf.

<p>So pretty! I will definitely try it out</p>
<p>Gorgeous! So neat. Not sure mine would be!</p>
<p>This is a fabulous way of making leaves for quilling. Thank you!</p>
<p>Lovely! Done with white and silver paper would make great winter holidays decorations too!</p>
<p>you found very simple technique to teach, you are brilient </p>
<p>Absolutely Beautiful, your very talented, am trying to make some right now. Thank you for sharing</p>
<p>very simple, nice and beautiful. thanks for the fine presentation of work</p>
<p>Very Nice and Beautiful </p>
<p>Simple but wonderful. I'll try it.</p>
<p>wow these are beautiful! </p>
<p>Simple yet stunning! Good one</p>
<p>Surprisingly beautiful results from your cutting, folding, and gluing! Thanks for sharing the technique.</p><p>There's a paper crafting tool known as a crimper that will corregate cardstock. If the folds it produces could be made tight, that would save a lot of time making these. (I couldn't find my crimper to try it out). </p>
<p>It is so simple but simply awesome!!!!</p>
<p>A colourful collection of leaves for fall! Nicely done!</p>
Oh muhaiminah ! <br>This is such a great ible..you definitely have my vote. :D<br>P.S. I especially love the maple leaf ♡<br>
<p>These are beautiful. I'm going to make with metallic paper.</p>
<p>This is very cool</p>
<p>Yah very intresting post...</p>
Long time no see. Good to see you back :)
<p>Very nice, thanks for sharing,,.</p>
<p>OMG I just found Instructables by accident today. And they lead me to you. Guess what I will be doing tonight. Always need leaves to fill in. I am almost 70 and I am going into my 2nd childhood I guess. My guys are afraid for me to continue with my dream of wood work since I cut 2 fingers on the router and ended up in the ER. They would be happy if I stay with my ribbon and paper crafts.</p><p>I hope you keep inspiring others like you have me. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Thank you for your share</p>
Nice! Thank you!
<p>Absolutely beautiful! What a lovely addition to our fall decor! Thank you so much for sharing this.</p>

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