Autumn leaves are a beautiful sight, so why not make a pretty paper fall leaf chain to celebrate the fall season?!
What we love about this maple leaf chain craft is, you only need half of an A4 paper to make one paper chain. Also, one paper chain can be made in less than 10 minutes!
This is a fun fall paper craft to do with kids of all ages, especially preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kids. Even adults will love this. You can try this paper leaf cutting method to make fall leaves of various shapes which makes it a great scissor practice activity for younger ones.
These paper chains can be connected together using tape or glue to form a long paper leaf garland.
Supplies you need to make a paper fall leaf chain craft
- A4 Construction paper
- Tape or glue (optional, if you want to make a garland)
How do you make a paper fall leaf chain?
Get an A4-sized construction paper. Fold it in half lengthwise. Open the fold and cut the paper into two pieces along the crease.
We need only one piece to make a paper chain. So, let’s keep one piece aside and start making a paper chain with the other one.
Fold the paper piece in half widthwise.
Now, fold the top and the bottom sides in half backward to make it into an accordion fold. (So, when you gently open it, you will see a W shape on the top)
Keep the accordion folds together and let’s get ready to draw a fall leaf now.
Let’s start with the bottom part of the leaf. Draw a small stem and draw a jagged line towards the right and left. Make sure these lines reach the far edges. (You don’t really have to draw a jagged line. You can try different shapes like a curved one if you like.)
Now, draw another two jagged lines slightly above the lines we just drew. Again make sure these lines also reach the far edges and do not make a pointy corner with the bottom lines. We need a little space between the bottom lines and top lines to make it into a paper chain.
Now, draw the middle and the top parts of the leaf. These can be smaller than the bottom part as shown in the picture.
Once the fall leaf is drawn, cut the paper fold along the lines we drew.
Gently open the fold and you will see a beautiful fall paper chain.
Can you see the leaves connected together at the bottom sides? That is because of the space we left between the two lines in step 3! 🙂
With the other piece of paper we had left in Step 1, we tried a different fall leaf shape.
This is what it looked like when we opened the fold. Isn’t it adorable?!
Similarly, you can make lots of leaf paper chains using different fall colors like red and orange. Always, make sure the bottom two lines do not make a pointy corner and reach till the far edges on the accordion fold when you draw a leaf.
You can also paint the paper with watercolors and try more colorful variations of the paper chains. Also, if you want to make a fall paper leaf garland, connect these paper chains using glue or tape.
Hope you like this easy paper chain leaf craft. It is a perfect fall craft activity to do at home or in the classroom. Have fun making many cute leaf paper chains and decorate your house and classrooms by hanging them on the doors and windows!