DIY: Folded Paper Fall Leaves

The changing of the leaves and the beauty of the colors is what I love most about fall. This inspired me to make these pretty folded paper leaves.


I love paper crafts. I also love the look of paper medallions. I noticed a half a paper medallion could be made into a leaf shape.

My first try at making a folded paper leaf looked more like a sea shell. After several trial and error attempts, it now looks like a leaf.


The materials I used to make Folded Paper Fall Leaves were paper with fall colors, leaf template, scissors and glue.

NOTE: The papers I used were 12×12 in size. You could use 8.5×11 at the minimum.


I first cut out my leaf template.

Download our Folded Paper Leaf Template HERE.

I folded a piece of scrapbook paper in half. The paper I used was a 12×12. You could use a 8.5×11 at the minimum.

I placed the leaf template on the folded paper. The dotted lines of the leaf template go on the fold.

I traced the leaf template onto the paper.


I cut out the leaf pattern. I unfolded the paper. See the pattern.


I started to accordion fold my leaf pattern. I started at the widest part. The folds are about 1/2 inch.


I then folded it together in the middle with the widest part up. It should line up and create a leaf.


I glued the two ends together.

I cut a strip of paper and glued it onto each leaf as the stem. I bent part of the strip of paper and glued it to the bottom of leaf. See photo below.


Aren’t the leaves pretty lying on the white background?


The Folded Paper Fall Leaves look beautiful displayed as a garland.


Have you made any fall projects with leaves?

Happy Crafting!

See our other similar projects:

Find other Fall ideas HERE.

(I’m linking to Sunday Showcase Party, Link Party Palooza and I’m Lovin’ It.)


  1. oh my, I’ve never seen this before, but I LOVE it! perfect for fall!

  2. These maple leaves are beautiful! Thank you!

  3. So cute! Did you find the template online somewhere or did you create your own?

  4. Simply wonderful – thank you! Can’t wait to share your link.

  5. These are fantastic! I’ve been wanting to do something fall-ish in my large window, but decorations tend to be too small for it. It either looks undone or cluttered. I can not wait to try this! Thank you!

  6. I am SOOOOOO excited to do these with my children this weekend!!!! I am NOT crafty what so ever, but I know we can do these!! We are also going to do the glitter spider webs!!! AHAHAHA so happy I found your website!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m going to share your site with my sons preschool teacher as well bc you have soooo many great ideas that she can do with her class!!!

    • Hi Ashley – I’m glad you found Happy Clippings! Have fun making leaves and also the glitter spider webs. Thanks for sharing.

  7. could you go into more detail on the stem part? how/where did you attach it? mine doesn’t look right.

    • Hi Lyn – I updated the post with a new photo that should help. I bent the strip of paper (the stem) and glued it to the bottom of the leaf. Hope it helps.

  8. Oh, my! These are super cute! I love hanging paper crafts like these and have made several. Thank you for the new idea!

  9. Vicky Daniels says:

    I’ve just pinned this to my Autumn/Thanksgiving deco ideas board. Thank you for sharing your template! I know that I will enjoy decorating with these pretty leaves!

  10. Vicky Daniels says:

    One more comment–since I wanted smaller leaves, I reduced your template by 50% on my printer and love the smaller version that I’m using to decorate a autumn gift basket that I’m making for a shut in. Thank you again for sharing your creative ideas!

    • Hi Vicky – Great idea on reducing the template before printing to make smaller leaves. I’m sure they’ll look pretty on the autumn gift basket you’re making.

  11. Debbie Bolen says:

    I can’t wait to try these with my school kids.

  12. So cute!

  13. Can’t wait to make this with my girls. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Fall!

  14. Thank you i love your leaves i am going to make some for my home . I love them. I am doing a wedding party at my home and want to make some for the decorations . thank you again and have a Bless day.

  15. This is so pretty and clever. I am going to link into from my blog. I hope that you don’t mind.

  16. These are a cute idea for a teacher’s classroom! We will be sharing your post on our Facebook page tomorrow, hope that is ok! TFS


  17. Very nice, thank you for instruction.
    Many greetings

  18. Where is the Leaf template ???????

  19. Hi! I was looking for a way to decorate my Sunday school classroom this year and came across your leaves. I love them and have purchased scrapbook papers to cut them out of. I am at the point of folding them now so will do so tomorrow. I was hoping there was a way to post a picture when I have them up but not sure if I can. But thanks for the idea and for all the work you put into trying them over and over until you perfected it. I truly appreciate it!!

  20. I just made your leaf pattern and would like to send you a picture how can I do that? Thanks!!

  21. Thank you!!

  22. Beautiful craft for adults and kids. Thank you for sharing


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