Our paper leaf tropical banner is perfect for those of you wanting to decorate your home for a summertime celebration, like graduation, or transforming it into a tropical oasis – even if it’s just temporary. One of the things we love about DIY decor is that you can switch it out anytime and make it unique to your personal style. So why not switch things up with a fun statement piece?
Although you can use whatever paper you like, we recommend using frosted text weight paper and curling your paper leaves to add more dimension to your tropical banner. Varying the colors will also give your banner a more dynamic look.
This project is simple for beginner paper crafters, and although you can cut our leaf patterns with scissors, it will save you some time if you have a cutting machine. For reference, it took Meagan about two hours to make this paper leaf tropical banner with a cutting machine. And it is definitely worth it! Just looking at this paper leaf tropical banner evokes a feeling of relaxing on the beach while listening to the ocean waves and enjoying a tropical drink.
You will need two packs of the Conifer paper to make this paper leaf tropical banner, or you could use only one if you mix up the colors a bit. You can make a smaller banner if you like by decreasing the template size by 50% before printing the PDF or cutting on your machine. If you decrease the size of the template, you will then need a 14-inch dowel and only one 12″x12″ piece of paper attached to the dowel.
Once you have cut all of the tropical leaves, just follow our photo tutorial to make your banner. You will see that each leaf pattern has a letter for easy assembly. If your kids want to join your crafting session, adding the leaves to the banner would be a good activity for them to help with.
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- Lia Griffith Frosted Craft Paper — Conifer Pack: Colors 1, 2, 3, and 4 (two packs) & Stone Fruit Pack: Colors 3 and 4 (one pack)
- Wooden Dowel — 1/2”x26”
How to Make a Paper Leaf Tropical Banner
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the leaf pattern below.
- Cut paper according to the pattern using scissors or a cutting machine.
- Score and curl all of the leaves using a curling tool. If you are using a cutting machine, you can have your machine score the lines for you.
- Attach two 12″x12″ sheets of paper to the dowel using hot glue; we used color 3 from the conifer pack.
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