How to Make 3D Tropical Paper Wall Art

Take a walk on the wild side with this tropical-themed 3D project.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

Steph Hung

Steph Hung

Written By

Steph Hung

Steph Hung

Take a walk on the wild side with this tropical-themed 3D project. Cut and fold paper to make a unique and custom work of art in an afternoon. Vary the leaf shapes, sizes, and colours to make a large statement piece, or frame a single leaf to add to your gallery wall.

You will need

You might already have

Pen
Frame (optional - to frame your work)
White bristol board (cut to fit the size of your frame, if using)
 

Step 1: Draw

Draw a leaf shape onto cardstock. Shown above is a monstera leaf. Also pictured in this project is a banana leaf and an areca palm leaf - you can draw these or another variety. Tip: If you can get your hands on the leaf of your choice, you can place it on your paper and trace it.
 

Step 2: Score

Score along the center of the leaf with the bone folder.
 

Step 3: Cut

Use scissors to cut out the leaf shape.
 

Step 4: Fold

Fold the leaf along the scored line.
 

Step 5: Repeat

Make leaves in various sizes and shades, and arrange them on the bristol board in a shape you like. Tip: If you're unsure about which shape you like best, take a photo of different arrangements and pick a favorite to refer back to for the following step.
 

Step 6: Secure

Secure the leaves with glue dots.
 

Step 7 (Optional): Frame

Frame the finished piece. If you want your leaves to keep their volume, remove the glass from your frame before inserting your bristol to show off their full 3D effect.
 
Done!
 

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About the Author
Steph Hung

Steph Hung is a Toronto-based craft stylist and book author. After earning a B.Sc. in Biology and a Diploma in Fashion Design (because she likes knowing how things are made) she moved to New York to work in the creative industry. She co-authored Make & Give, a craft book published by Roost Books in October 2014.