DIY Paper Leaves (Pattern Trick!)

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Introduction: DIY Paper Leaves (Pattern Trick!)

About: Hey, I'm Muhaimina! A Craftaholic person (or Witch if you may say!). Obsessed with swirls and polka dots... and Instructables is pretty much my second home! Follow my IG Blog https://www.instagram.com/the_craf…

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.

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28 Discussions

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Taminnc
Taminnc

1 year ago

cannot wait to try this

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PKamu
PKamu

1 year ago

Have been looking for a simple paper flower ..found this one ..thankyou for the detailed steps..will post mine after making them...

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RobertaM11
RobertaM11

Question 2 years ago on Step 3

What is the best glue to us for something like these. I have tried so many in learning how to make paper flowers and have trouble getting them to hold fast.

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LynnetteP5
LynnetteP5

3 years ago

I just found this idea on Pinterest but your tutorial makes sense in the step after the accordion fold. Thank you. I also appreciate the different style of leaves to make.

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animeaksh
animeaksh

4 years ago

So pretty! I will definitely try it out

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Gilly
Gilly

4 years ago

Gorgeous! So neat. Not sure mine would be!

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Rockersofnote
Rockersofnote

4 years ago

This is a fabulous way of making leaves for quilling. Thank you!

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quantic.foam
quantic.foam

4 years ago

Lovely! Done with white and silver paper would make great winter holidays decorations too!

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ktirunagiri
ktirunagiri

5 years ago

you found very simple technique to teach, you are brilient

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fantasticx2
fantasticx2

5 years ago

Absolutely Beautiful, your very talented, am trying to make some right now. Thank you for sharing

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pasupathilingam
pasupathilingam

5 years ago

very simple, nice and beautiful. thanks for the fine presentation of work

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ChitraB
ChitraB

5 years ago

Very Nice and Beautiful

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ruruh
ruruh

5 years ago

Simple but wonderful. I'll try it.

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jsolterbeck
jsolterbeck

5 years ago

wow these are beautiful!

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

5 years ago

Simple yet stunning! Good one

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nanaverm
nanaverm

5 years ago

Surprisingly beautiful results from your cutting, folding, and gluing! Thanks for sharing the technique.

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).

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IpsitaM1
IpsitaM1

5 years ago

It is so simple but simply awesome!!!!

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Hezl123
Hezl123

5 years ago

A colourful collection of leaves for fall! Nicely done!

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faiza007
faiza007

5 years ago

Oh muhaiminah !
This is such a great ible..you definitely have my vote. :D
P.S. I especially love the maple leaf ♡

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notconvincedgranny
notconvincedgranny

5 years ago

These are beautiful. I'm going to make with metallic paper.