DIY Paper Leaves (Pattern Trick!)

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About: Hey, I'm Muhaimina! A crazy craft addict! Obsessed with swirls and polka dots... Love green craft and rustic home decors... and Instructables is pretty much my second home!

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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    PKamu

    7 months 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

    Question 1 year 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

    2 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

    2 years ago

    So pretty! I will definitely try it out

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    Gilly

    3 years ago

    Gorgeous! So neat. Not sure mine would be!

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    Rockersofnote

    3 years ago

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

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    quantic.foam

    3 years ago

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

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    ktirunagiri

    3 years ago

    you found very simple technique to teach, you are brilient

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    fantasticx2

    3 years ago

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

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    pasupathilingam

    3 years ago

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

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    ChitraB

    3 years ago

    Very Nice and Beautiful

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    ruruh

    3 years ago

    Simple but wonderful. I'll try it.

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    jsolterbeck

    3 years ago

    wow these are beautiful!

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    jeanniel1

    3 years ago

    Simple yet stunning! Good one

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    nanaverm

    3 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

    3 years ago

    It is so simple but simply awesome!!!!

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    Hezl123

    3 years ago

    A colourful collection of leaves for fall! Nicely done!

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    faiza007

    3 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

    3 years ago

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

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    Galahxy

    3 years ago

    This is very cool