How to make paper leaves for trees


11 Ways To Make Leaves for Paper Flowers

We love this tutorial by Sams Craft Ideas on 11 Ways to Make Leaves for Paper Flowers! It is genius and perfect for any arrangement that you might be making. Sams Craft Ideas is a YouTube channel that has tons of wonderful crafts that cover a variety of holidays and occasions. Make sure to check them out. Crafters, we enjoy passing along to you tips and tricks to make your crafting project even more spectacular.

Materials

  • 65 lb cardstock
  • Scoring Knife or Plastic knife
  • Ruler or Protractor
  • Scissors

Directions for Each Paper Leaf

Leaf 1 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 1

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Cut out the design for a basic leaf.
Accordion style fold the leaf so that when you open the leaf it has ridges.

Leaf 2 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 2

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Cut out the design for the leaf.
Using a pencil make marking for ridges in the leaf.
Cut on the line for the markings that were done to make ridges on the leaves.
Using a ruler or protractor from the middle of the leaf to in-between the ridges make light folds.

Leaf 3 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 3

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Design on the half side of the sheet the leaf.
Cut out the design and unfold the leaf.
Using a ruler or protractor from the middle of the leaf to in-between the ridges make light folds.

Leaf 4 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 4

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Design on the half side of the sheet the leaf with it to be more ridged that the other leaves.
Cut out the ridged leaf.
In-between the ridges cut curves/waves.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

Leaf 5 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 5

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Design on the half sheet of paper the leaf that is curved but also has some stripes out of it.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents and lightly curl the edges in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

Leaf 6 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 6

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Using a ruler or protractor keep a tiny amount of space from the fold of the paper to draw a straight line from top to bottom.
Design the rest of the leaf using big leafs that connect to the straight line.
Erase the straight line from the middle of the paper.
Cut out the leaves and the stem of the leaf.
Unfold the leaf.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents and lightly curl the edges in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

Leaf 7 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 7

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Design the leaf.
Cut out the design of the leaf.
From the middle of the leaf draw a straight line from top to bottom.
Cut multiple times from a 45 degree angle from the edge of the leaf to the line that was just drawn. Do not cut past the line or across each line that has already been cut.
Unfold and curl the edges so it looks more life like.

Leaf 8 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 8

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
From the folded edge using a ruler draw a straight line from top to bottom.
Draw your leaves on the folded paper from the straight line.
Cut out the leaves and unfold.
Using a scoring knife add indents and folds into the paper so that it looks more life like.

Leaf 9 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 9

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Cut out the long leaf from the halved paper.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents and lightly curl the edges in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

Leaf 10 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 10

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Cut out the long leaf from the halved paper.
Before unfolding cut tiny triangles out of the edges of the leaf.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents and lightly curl the edges in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

Leaf 11 by Sams Craft Ideas

Leaf 11

Cut the paper in the size of the leaf you want.
Fold in half.
Design the leaf.
Unfold the leaf.
Using a plastic knife or scoring knife make indents and lightly curl the edges in the paper so that it looks more life-like and not flat.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial by Sams Craft Ideas as much as we did. Make sure to tag us on instagram @paperpaperscom with your finished creations! We would love to see them!
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Supplies Needed

  • Brown cardstock (medium to heavy weight)
  • Light weight green paper or paper in fall colors (red, yellow, orange)
  • Scoring tool (e. g. blunt plastic knife, spent ballpoint pen)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler

STEPS

1Print out the templates.

Print out any of these tree trunk templates on brown A4 or Letter size cardstock to come up with four identical trees.

  • Small tree trunk templates - print out 2 copies
  • Medium-sized tree trunk templates - print out 4 copies
  • Large tree trunk templates - print out 4 copies

2Cut out the trees.

Cut out all four tree trunks.


3Glue the template pieces.

This step only applies to the large tree trunk templates. The tree consists of two sections—a top (with branches) and a bottom. Cut out both pieces. Glue the top onto the tab area of the bottom piece.


4Score along the middle line.

If you printed out the trees on thick or heavy cardstock, scoring makes folding a lot easier. Find a scoring tool such as a blunt plastic knife or a spent ballpoint pen. Place the edge of a ruler on the tree's middle line. With the ruler to guide the tool, score along the entire line. Do not score too hard as this may tear the paper. Do this for all the trees.


5Fold each tree in half.

Fold each tree along the middle line.


6Glue the first pair of trees together.

Glue two trees together along one half side, aligning them along the edges.



7Glue the 2nd pair of trees together.

Similarly glue the two remaining trees together. You now have the two sections of your three-dimensional tree trunk.


8Assemble the tree trunk.

Glue both paper tree pairs together, aligning them along the edges.


9Make the leaves.

Use light weight paper to keep the branches from sagging from the weight of the leaves. To create several paper leaves all at once:

  1. Cut a strip of paper. The strip's width defines the leaf width.
  2. Fold the strip in half several times until the folded height is about the desired leaf length.
  3. Fold the paper lengthwise in half.
  4. Cut a half-leaf shape along the folded edge.

Unfold the paper to reveal several leaves. Make enough leaves to cover your tree.


We also have these leaf templates that you can print out to match the large tree templates. The smallest leaves in each leaf set (first page of the oval-shaped leaves, heart-shaped leaves, star-shaped leaves, maples leaves, and oak leaves) are about the right size for the large tree trunk templates.



More Ideas

Spring Tree

Make a 3D paper tree to match the season. Spring green or light green leaves are perfect for a springtime tree. Make it more interesting with some paper or felt flowers. Draw and cut out little birds and other springtime critters to inhabit your tree.

Notice how this tree is so lush? To achieve this, print out and glue together six paper trees instead of four. Glue lots of paper leaves for a thick foliage.


Cherry Blossom Tree

Have you seen a cherry or plum blossom tree during springtime? The trees do not have any leaves but are instead full of beautiful flowers.

Use a flower-shaped craft punch to create white or pink paper flowers. Fill the branches of a small or medium-sized 3D paper tree with these blooms.


Fall Tree

Use yellow, red, orange, and brown paper to make the leaves of a fall or autumn tree. Write thankful thoughts on the leaves to create a Thanksgiving tree.


Crepe Paper Tree

Create a thick foliage using crepe paper or tissue paper. Print out the small tree trunk template on heavy cardstock. Assemble the tree trunk following Steps 1 to 8 above. Cut crepe paper or tissue paper into strips. Crumple up each strip and glue onto the branches. Glue more bunched up strips in between to achieve a lush treetop.



Fruit Tree

Cut out and glue some round paper or felt circles to make a fruit tree. You can also use fruit-shaped craft punches to make apples, strawberries, and other fruits.


Fun Shapes Tree

Instead of leaf shapes, glue other shapes for a fun tree.



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Paper accordion leaves: 8 options, templates, master class

The article presents a variety of paper accordion leaves, templates and step-by-step instructions for creating a particular sheet. Such leaves can be in very different colors, for example, if they are timed to coincide with autumn events - it is better to use colored paper in yellow, orange and red colors, for spring - leaves of light green and green shades would be a good option. Even for winter celebrations, you can make leaves from silver or white paper.

For work you will need the following materials:

  • Colored paper in a variety of colors suitable for leaves;
  • Scissors, glue stick, pencil.

Paper accordion leaves step by step: 8 options with templates

1 option.

Accordion paper maple leaf

You will need yellow or green colored paper. Cut off an arbitrary rectangle from it.

Fold it in half.

Redraw or print your template. Cut it out and attach it to the colored paper folded in half, keeping in mind that the straight long side on the template falls into the fold.

Circle with a pencil. The fold is on the left in the photo. And in the future, all the stages presented with paper folded in half will be with a fold on the left.

Cut out the blank, carefully cutting off all the wavy lines.

Now open it. You should get a similar detail, with symmetrical extreme sides.

At this point it's time to make the paper accordion. It is better to start from the bottom, widest side. Bend a small fold, no more than 7 mm wide, but extending over the entire area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe sheet. Carefully press, and then bend the same fold in the other direction. Repeat this process until all the paper has turned into an accordion.

For convenience, turn the harmonica upside down.

Find the middle and fold in half. Press well, especially around the bottom fold, and glue the inner sides together. In the photo, this area is shown by arrows.

Depending on the structure of the paper, it may sometimes be necessary to glue two or three of the bottom folds of the sheet. Most often they diverge in very thin paper. Dense keeps well all the folds together and without glue.

Accordion paper maple leaf is ready, straighten its folds and glue a thin stem.

2nd option. Autumn paper accordion

Of course, it can be not only autumn. If you make it from green paper, the leaf will be quite spring or summer.

To create it, you also need a piece of rectangular paper.

As in the first option, the paper must be folded in half.

Then you should use a template or draw a simple zigzag line that resembles one part of a Christmas tree.

This line should start at the fold of the paper and end at the bottom of the paper.

Cut out the pattern obtained with the template or your own efforts.

Open the sides.

Make small folds, length from one side to the other, and a width of 5-7 mm. If the sheet is large or the children are small, the folds may be larger.

The harmonica is done, for convenience, turn it wide side up.

Mark the middle and carefully fold in half. Press down, especially at the very bottom.

Apply glue to one of the inner sides and stick them together. In the photo, this area is shown by arrows. If necessary, glue a few folds at the very bottom of the leaf.

At the end, spread the leaf a little like an accordion and glue the petiole, which is a thin strip of colored paper from which the leaf itself is made. But such a stem is not strong, it can only complement the leaf, and, for example, gluing leaves to a homemade tree will not work. It is better to use colored cardboard for these purposes, or colored paper twisted into a flagellum and threaded through a hole in the bottom of the sheet.

3rd option. Oak leaf from accordion paper

The outline of this leaf is similar to that of an oak, only longitudinal folds make this definition a little worse. But as a variety, this version of the sheet is also useful, especially in those works or events where you need a lot of leaves of various shapes.

Cut out a square from paper.

Fold it in half, the fold is on the left.

Use a template or draw large waves yourself, starting from the side of the fold and reaching to the bottom side.

Cut out the part through two sides at once, but without touching the left. She must be whole.

Open the paper.

And, as always, make thin folds starting from the widest part of the paper. Gently fold all the paper into an accordion, one fold in one direction, the next in the other. For convenience, the paper can be turned over during operation. In extreme cases, draw light longitudinal lines with a simple pencil and fold the leaf along them.

Place the resulting harmonica with the longest side up.

Find the center and fold the harmonica in half. Glue the inside sides.

Straighten the folds, glue the stem and the accordion oak leaf is ready.

4 paper accordion leaf variant

This species is similar to a hornbeam or beech leaf. Yes, and on the leaves of many other trees. The main thing is that no templates are needed for it, it is extremely simple to make it.

To make this oblong leaf, you need triangular paper. You can first cut a square out of paper.

Fold in half, joining opposite corners.

Cut in half to make two triangles.

You will need one triangle per sheet. Turn it wide side down and start making folds there, like an accordion.

Turn the whole triangle into an accordion.

For convenience, turn it over with the longest side up.

Find the middle and fold exactly in half, connecting the ends. In the middle, apply glue to one of the sides and glue the side parts together.

Spread a little and glue the stem. The sheet is ready.

5 paper accordion sheet variant

The most common type, the shape resembles poplar, linden, birch leaves. For a change, let it be green, although the leaf is no less interesting in the autumn, yellow-orange version.

It needs a not very wide paper rectangle.

Fold the rectangle in half, the fold in the photo on the left.

Use a template or draw your own curved line starting from the fold side and sloping down to the underside of the folded sheet.

There are no exact proportions and markings. If you need a more prominent narrow tip, the indentation on the line can be made more pronounced.

Cut out the pattern without touching the left side.

Open the paper.

Make an accordion, starting with the straight, longest side. As usual, the width of the folds is ideal in the region of 5-7 mm.

Turn the harmonica upside down.

Fold in half and glue the insides. If necessary, glue the bottom folds.

Spread the leaf and glue the stem.

6th variant. Another maple leaf made of accordion paper

There are quite a few varieties of accordion-folded maple leaves. It all depends on the template. There are very simple ones, which can be drawn almost arbitrarily, and more complex patterns, which it is still desirable to follow as accurately as possible. In the second case, maple leaves are more perfect, close to the original.

Despite the fact that the very first I have already shown one type of maple leaf, I still can't resist and show another one that I really liked.

This will require colored square paper.

This square should then be folded in half.

Print out the pattern and trace its lines carefully on colored paper, keeping in mind that the fold is on the left.

Next, you need to cut out all the drawn zigzags and indentations, without touching the left side. If the sheet is small, such work is rather scrupulous, it is better to use nail scissors for cutting.

Then everything is as usual. Open paper detail.

Make narrow folds, starting from the straight, wide side of it and all the way to the top.

Find the center and fold the accordion paper in half. Here you can see that this yellow paper is thinner than the previous ones, at the very bottom the folds are not held together. Therefore, they need to be forced to do this with glue. You can safely apply glue at the fold on the three lower folds. And, of course, glue the inner two sides, where shown by the arrows.

Straighten the folds a little, glue the stalk and a beautiful, in this version, autumn maple leaf like an accordion is ready.

7 variant of accordion leaves

Simple round leaf. It can be a variety of colors inherent in the leaves.

You will need a rectangular piece.

Fold it in half.

With a compass or something suitable round, draw a rounded line connecting the sides of the paper. Fold in the photo on the left.

Cut along the contour.

Open up and you'll have an even half circle.

Make small folds from the straight side of the semi-circle to the very top.

Flip the bellows long, straight side up.

Fold in half and glue the insides.

Gently straighten and glue the stem. The round sheet is ready.

8 variant. Thin oblong accordion leaves

The shape is inherent in the leaves of willow, olive and some others.

To make such a sheet, you need a rectangular, rather narrow strip of paper. The narrower it is, the thinner the leaf, although it is more difficult to make very thin.

Fold the strip in half.

Draw an oblique line. Please note that in the photo the fold of the paper is on the left.

Cut along the line to make a double triangle.

Open its parts.

Fold into a small fold. As you can see, it is problematic to make even folds on very narrow paper, but this will not be displayed on the sheet.

Turn the long side up and fold the harmonica in half. Glue the center.

You will get such a narrow sheet of paper accordion.



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Paper cutting tree leaves

Cut simple silhouettes without a pre-drawn outline.

You know, cutting out some figure, albeit rather intricate, along a pre-drawn contour is not a difficult task, and, one might say, comes down to ordinary mechanical precision.

It is more interesting to cut out a figure, albeit easier, but from a blank sheet - without a preliminary outline. After all, we have the task of developing not only hands, but also an eye! Yes, of course, you have to start with the simplest options. Now let's clarify this. From the very beginning, we insist on a strategy of the most waste-free production, without fanaticism, of course, but this is one of our fundamental principles. In this case, we should get as few scraps as possible. Overcome the temptation to immediately take on cutting something complex and original, let's first learn to be economical with the material, and the rest will definitely follow in the future.

So where do you start? We offer - tree leaf cutting . For training, this is the most suitable model. The leaves are not nearly as uniform as they might seem. Note that we usually determine tree species by the appearance of their leaves. So let's get started.

Let's cut out a poplar leaf. (There are several types of poplars, we are talking about the one with "drop-shaped" leaves). Take a rectangular sheet of paper. The poplar leaf (like most leaves in general) is almost symmetrical. Let's not neglect the petiole. Firstly, it broke away from the branch along with the leaf, and, therefore, is its integral part. Another, already subjective reason: cutting out the petiole will somewhat complicate our task and make it more creative. Since the leaf, together with the petiole, is longer than it is wide, we will place it “along the height” of a vertically oriented rectangular leaf. Let's mentally draw the middle line - the axis of symmetry, which will coincide with the line of the petiole and the central vein. The end of the petiole rests on one edge of the sheet of paper, the pointed tip of the leaf - on the opposite. If it is not very possible to mentally draw a line, “draw” the future leaf several times with your finger - after such an operation, “knowledge” of the required contour appears in your hand. This trick helps a lot. With wide rounded edges, the sheet will rest against the "sides" of our sheet. The lower part of the leaf, of course, is more rounded, the upper is pointed.

Do you get it? Let's complicate the task, and move on to the lilac leaf. How is it different? You guessed it, it was with this heart-shaped shape, that is, with “ears” at the base. Carried away by the intricate shape and symmetry, remember, nevertheless, that we agreed at four points to touch the edges of a sheet of paper!

Cutting tree leaves

Wonderful. Let's complicate the task a little: maple and oak. In a scientific way, the maple leaf is called "triple-lobed", oak - "pinnately lobed". In maple, in addition to the central vein, there are two more very developed lateral veins, in oak, on both sides of the midrib, there are several lateral veins on each side and they depart at an angle. If you represent the scheme, the frame of your leaflet, then things will go much better than if you simply follow the shape of the edge of the sheet. That is, when cutting out, keep in mind the general idea of ​​the desired result as if there was a drawing, moreover, a drawing with veins.

Well, comrades, are we mastering botany? Is it good? Here is a pinnate ash leaf for dessert. Remember that in the pursuit of shape, you should not forget about the rational use of paper. Make sure that the trimmings are a reasonable minimum.

Tree leaves made of paper

Today we finish the lesson, but the topic is not exhausted - another time we will move on to more complex options.

Chapter two, supplementary.

Plant leaves, in general, are usually almost symmetrical, so you can cut them out in another way - from a sheet of paper folded in half. Children quite quickly grasp this idea and immediately cut out quite similar leaves even without a pattern. It is important to immediately explain that it is necessary to cut out exactly from the fold (and not from any edge of the folded sheet) and, of course, in our passion for creativity, we do not forget about rational spending paper.


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