DIY Paper Leaves

Leisure Pursuits

Looking for fun and creative decorating tips this Thanksgiving? Upcycle tattered books or out-of-date dictionaries to create these beautiful, colorful paper leaves.


  • An old dictionary or book
  • Leaves from the yard
  • Cardstock
  • Spray ink – green, orange, yellow and red
  • Paper plate
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Trace the shape of the leaf on the cardstock and cut out. This will be your pattern.
  2. Tear out about 4 pages in your book. Cut out the leaf shape using your pattern.
  3. Separate the leaves and put them on your paper plate. Put on some gloves to protect your hands from the ink. Spray the leaves with water.
  4. Here comes the fun part! Start spraying the leaves with the spray ink.
  5. When you are done, let the leaves dry. The vibrant colors will tone down a bit as they dry.
  6. You can bend and fold the leaves slightly to make them look more real.
  7. All done – Enjoy all the beautiful colors of fall.