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Painted Paper Leaf Embellishments on a DIY Twig Wreath

If you saw the twig wreath I made in the last post, this next project is a fun way to embellish it! It’s easy and inexpensive to take some scrap packing paper, and paint, and make faux Painted Paper Leaf Embellishments.  We had a beautiful weather day here, and it was a great day to get outside and make some creative projects including painting paper for faux leaves! I  I used these to embellish the wood twig wreath I made, but they would also be fun for lots of other decor projects!

Supplies for creating paper leaves

To make these, you just need a few simple supplies:

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Brown craft or packing paper, acrylic paints or craft paints in warm fall-ish leaf tones, paint brush, leaves from around the yard ( or you can use the leaf template provided), scissors, and hot glue.

Paint Orange craft paint on paper to make faux paper leaves

Start by painting the paper with one color. I just dribbled the paint on straight out of the tube. I used my Decoart Traditions Artist Acrylic paint because it was what I had on hand (I used Perinone Orange as my first color.I also used Yellow Oxide,Napthol Red, and Burnt Sienna), but  you could use any craft paints that are close.

Adding fall paint colors to paper to make leaves

Adding different warm tones, painting while the paint is still wet is a great way to blend edges right on the paper. Occasionally adding drops of other colors here and there gives some subtle color variations in the paper leaves.

Using a paper towel to blend colors

As well as brushing,  using a paper towel to blend colors also gave the paper a nice mottled color, like fall leaves when they slowly turn in autumn.

Large paper roll painted with fall colors for projects

I wanted to paint a huge piece to use for other projects as well… you don’t have to paint a paper section quite as big as I did.  I might have gone a little overboard.

Artist blogger Jennifer Rizzo painted paper roll

Once the paper was dry, I used real leaves as a template to trace around an cut out (or you can use the printable leaf template page provided at the end of the post.).

Leaves used as a template to make paper leaves

Cut out your leaves, trimming to the inside of the traced lines.

Cut our paper traced leave images

When the leaves are cut out, fold them down the center to make a crease, and any other place where there might be a vein. This helps to give it a more realistic leaf-like look.

Fold paper leaves to make them more realistic

DIY Paper Leaves are an easy,creative and inexpensive way to bring in fall.

Paper leaves for craft projects

Make sure before you glue them on, they are placed where you want them to go. Once they are down, they are down. If you don’t want to make your own wood wreath as a base, you can find one here on Amazon.

Faux paper leaves for embellishment

Layer the paper leaves,using hot glue to attach the leaves to the wood twig wreath.

Gluing faux paper leaves on for embellishment

After the leaves are glued down, loop some knotted twine to hang, and the project is ready for display!

DIY paper leaf wreath

Make a DIY paper leaf wreath for Fall Decorating for Free!

What I love most about this project is that it was mostly free, but it doesn’t look cheap. It was easy and fun to make too.  Here is the printable template for your leaf shapes.

Printable black and white leaf template Jennifer Rizzo Blog

The tree project isn’t over yet. I have a few more projects in mind!

If you liked this project, you might also like:

DIY Metallic Leaf Art

DIY Spray Painted Leaf Wreath

Easy Gathered Leaf Art

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