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How to Make a Folded Paper Leaf

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Folded Paper Leaf - leaf with side veins
The final success of a craft project is often the result of the amount of time and attention paid to the details in its creation. To make more realistic looking folded paper leaves follow the steps in this page about how to make a folded paper leaf.


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Detail is important in art. Giving details to your work adds interest to viewers. This craft might be a simple one, but by giving extra effort on folding, it should look better than any paper figures.

Folded Paper Leaf - three finished leaves


  • green construction paper
  • scissors
Folded Paper Leaf - supplies


  1. Cut paper in rectangular shapes. Estimate your desired size.
  2. Folded Paper Leaf - cut paper rectangles in your desired size
  3. Fold the rectangle and start cutting out a simply designed half leaf.
  4. Folded Paper Leaf - fold paper in half and cut out simply designed leaf shapes
  5. In this project I am working with a rose leaf, so I made tiny cuts on the side that looks like little spikes just how the real rose leaf looks.
  6. Folded Paper Leaf - add rose leaf edge details
  7. Press the center fold tightly.
  8. Folded Paper Leaf - press down the center fold
  9. Push the edge of the center fold side by side or make a tight pinch so that it will emphasize the center fold. It will create a line in the center same as what every leaf has.
  10. Folded Paper Leaf - press center fold to empathize the vein
    Folded Paper Leaf - pinching center fold
    Folded Paper Leaf - view of the center line vein
  11. Carefully do the same pinching on the two sides of the leaf in diagonals. See to it that the center line stays firm and not crumpled.
  12. Folded Paper Leaf - leaf with side veins
    Folded Paper Leaf - begin pinching diagonal lines on sides of center
    Folded Paper Leaf - work on both sides of the center line
  13. Now the leaf art doesn't look too plain and with tiny details, it looks better and eye catching.
  14. Folded Paper Leaf - leaves mounted to foam rose
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