How to Make Paper Flower Leaves

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2014



Leaf template (below)
19” x 25” (48 x 62 cm) sheet green Canson paper
Green floral tape
4” (10 cm) length 20-gauge pretaped wire (Note: Some leaves use 18-gauge wire.)
½” x 2” (6 mm x 5 cm) piece light green tissue paper
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Download the Peony Leaf Template

Download the Hibiscus Leaf Template


  1. Trace or photocopy the leaf template of your choice and cut out the shape. Trace around the template onto the Canson paper, then cut out the traced leaf shape. Gently fold the leaf along the guidelines provided on the template to create veins.
  2. Using the glue gun, apply a line of hot glue to the back of the leaf from the middle center to the base. Attach the wire to the back of the leaf by placing it in the glue.
  3. While the glue is still sticky, place the green tissue strip over the wire and leaf area, making sure that half is covering the wire on the leaf and half is covering the stem. Gently pinch the tissue paper to the stem once the glue has dried, after about 3 to 5 minutes. Apply floral tape just beneath the base of the leaf, covering the remaining length of exposed wire.


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