This paper leaf garland is easy peasy to make, so much so that it is almost embarrassing to do a tutorial for it! I love making simple seasonal decorations and this Simple Paper Leaf Garland is the perfect companion to our paper leaf wreath and I used the same free lead templates and paper.
When I say me, I really mean we. Over the weekend Cass popped over and whilst we were putting the world to rights with a hot chocolate we were looking around my craft room and she spotted the leftover leaves from my Autumn paper Leaf Wreath and wanted to make something with them, so we decided to make a super simple paper leaf garland.
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- Autumnal cardstock (UK Link/US Link)
- Hemp Twine (UK Link/US Link)
- Small single hole punch (1/8 inch) (UK Link/US Link)
- Washi tape (UK Link/US Link)
- Cricut Machine or scissors (UK Link/US Link)
- Autumn Leaves Template
How to Make a Simple Paper Leaf Garland
I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the leaves, but I have also provided you with templates.
If cutting the leaves by hand, fold a strip of cardboard (I always save cereal boxes for this) a few times so that a leaf template will fit. Then cut along the outline of the template. This method is a great way to cut multiple leaves at a time and works best with thinner papers.
I think I need to use Cass as a hand model more often, just look at those nails! Punch two holes in each leaf.
Wrap washi tape around the end of the hemp twine to make it easier to thread.
Then thread the twine up the first hole from behind and out the other.
Keep on going adding more leaves until you have the length you require.
If you don’t have a hole punch then you could simply tape the leaf to the twine.
If you like this then do check out our watercolour glue resist leaf garland.