Using Dried Leaves to Decorate Greeting Cards

Crisp and wildly colorful, autumn leaves are inspiration for warm and heartfelt messages. Although you can use printed papers or prefabri­cated embellishments, a sustainable source is provided by nature.

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by Judi Watanabe

Crafts with leaves can be a beautiful way to be creative with the seasons. Learn how to make handmade cards and decorate them with dried leaves. So, when the mood strikes, use the artistry you’ve learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know!

You Will Need

  • Adhesive
  • 3 pressed leaves in graduating sizes and colors
  • 1 sheet kraft-colored card stock, 4 x 5-1/4 inches
  • 1 sheet burgundy card stock, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
  • Double-sided tape
  • Kraft-colored paper ribbon, 18 inches
  • 1 kraft-colored folded notecard, 5 x 7 inches
  • Scissors


1. Adhere the pressed leaves to the kraft-colored card stock and let dry.

person laying a pressed leaf on to card stock

2. Adhere to the burgundy-colored card stock with double-sided tape.

person tying a ribbon around a card with three autumn leaves on the front

3. Wrap the paper ribbon around both layers approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Tie a square knot. Trim the ends.

person holding a card with three leaves on the front and a ribbon around it

4. Adhere to the folded card with the top and sides equidistant and the bottom margin a little larger.

Read more from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking:

Decorate Greeting Cards by Using Tissue Paper
Using Fingerprints to Decorate Greeting Cards
Drawing with Tape to Design Greeting Cards
Using Napkins to Design Beautiful Cards

book cover with craft supplies on it

Reprinted with permission from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking, by Judi Watanabe and published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2016.

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