Cardstock Paper Leaves Tutorial By 52 Mantels

Hi! I’m Emily from 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!). I am SO happy to be here at Project Queen! Mandy always has such inspiring ideas!

I shared this tutorial for  cardstock paper leaves on my blog last Fall, but it works so well with my Spring decor, I thought I’d share it again with you today! I originally saw this picture on Pinterest and was inspired. Inspired to pin it to my Future Projects board. And, inspired to give it a try. Of course, I had to do it my own way!

I started with a stack of pretty papers. I chose papers from my stash that was printed on both sides, which kept me from having to line up my leaves perfectly with another leaf. Smart, eh? I did this project with my momma and she chose beautiful autumnal colors. But, I wanted to be able to use this tree beyond Fall (and so glad I did!). My mom also differed in her method in that she used a leaf pattern to trace and cut her leaves. But, I simply stacked a few papers together and cut freeform leaves. I didn’t even worry about them being slightly different sizes. I just went for it. To make my stems, I took a short length (maybe 3-4 inches) of wire, sandwiched that between two leaves and glued it all together.

I wired all the leaves until I had a nice pile and then began the assembly. The sticks came from my mom’s yard and I arranged them in a vase before I put the leaves on. To add the leaves, I wrapped each wire around an area of the stick.

And, that’s that! A very simple and fairly quick project that makes for a pretty display! I’ve had mine since the Fall and they’ve held up beautifully!

I’ve used them on both a FALL themed mantel and a SPRING themed mantel. Perfect for both! And, currently they’re hanging out on my entry table (again!). Every bit of my decor gets regularly rotated to keep fresh content on my mantel. So, this vase of sticks has definitely traveled the house!

Thanks for letting me come visit today, Mandy! I hope you’re having a wonderful vacay!


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  1. HI girls! Good morning =) What a cute project. Emily is a mantel Queen, no doubt about it 😉 Thanks for sharing the great tutorial. I love how whimsical it is!!
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