How to Make Metal Leaves

by Linda Shepard

Cut a set of attractive metal leaves from copper sheeting with tin snips. Attach the lightweight leaves to a wall with removable adhesive hooks or to candlesticks or wall sconces with hot glue. String the leaves from a metal rod for a nature-themed mobile or wind chimes. Find copper sheeting at hardware stores. By using natural leaves for patterns, your copper metal leaves will look authentic.

Items you will need

  • Maple, oak, birch or other natural leaves
  • Copper sheeting
  • Black crayon
  • Tin snips
Step 1

Gather natural leaves from trees in your yard or from a park.

Step 2

Trace around the natural leaves on the copper sheeting with the black crayon.

Step 3

Cut out the metal leaves with the tin snips, following the black crayon line.

Tips & Warnings

  • Holes can be made in the copper leaves for stringing for a mobile or wind chime by placing each metal leaf on a piece of scrap wood and hamming a nail though the leaf.
  • Wear protective gloves to avoid cutting your hands on the sharp edges of the metal leaves.


  • "Creative Ideas for Yards & Gardens"; Jeanne Stauffer; 2004
  • "The Ultimate Crafts Compendium"; Joanna Lorenz; 1998

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

Photo Credits

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