Making Realistic Paper Leaves Tutorial

Today I wanted to share a quick tip with you for making your paper leaves look realistic. Of course paper leaves can never replace the beauty of real fall leaves, but we’ll do our best.

Here’s my strategy for how to make realistic paper leaves.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves1. First die cut your leaves. Choose your papers based on the colors of ink you have. You want to have inks that are a shade darker than your papers.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves

2. Wet your leaves until they are damp. I like to use a small mist bottle, but a spray bottle or wet washcloth will work as well. You want them damp, not so wet that they are falling apart.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves

3. Crumple the wet leaf very gently. Basically you are wading it up into a loose crumple. (That’s a new technical term!)

Making Realistic Paper Leaves

4. Uncrumple the leaf. Let the leaf sit and begin to dry just a bit (about 2 minutes.) I think the ink blends a little better when the leaf is still slightly damp.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves

5. Choose a coordinating ink. You want to select one that is a bit darker than the paper, but still in the same shade so it looks natural. Ink the edges of the leaf, but rather than getting just the very edge, turn the ink pad so you are inking farther into the leaf. Use the ink pad to lightly ink the creases and folds created by crumpling.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves

That’s it! I like to make up a bunch all at once and create myself a little leaf pile to add to projects throughout fall. I’ve yet to make a pile big enough to jump in, but maybe I should put that on my to-do list.

Making Realistic Paper Leaves



6 Comments on Making Realistic Paper Leaves

  1. Joanna
    September 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the extra dimension you have added to the leaves using the mister, ink and crumple method.
    My Blog : ilove2cutpaper

  2. Helen Gullett
    August 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Pretty cool idea! Thank you for the tips :)


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