*If you wish to draw your own leaves, skip to Step 3.
2Prepare a transparency film.
Place a sheet of A4 or Letter size clear transparency film over a page of leaf template. Align them at the edges. Hold the two sheets in place with paper clips.
3Draw leaf outlines.
Use a black permanent marker to draw leaf outlines on your transparency film. If you did steps 1 and 2, draw the leaves following the leaf outlines on the template.
4Let the outlines dry.
Once you've filled your transparency film with leaves, let the outlines dry for a few minutes to avoid smudging the lines.
5Remove the template.
If you used a template, remove the paper clips and carefully separate the template page from the transparency film.
6Tear tissue paper into small pieces.
Tear some red, yellow, orange, and brown tissue paper into small pieces.
7Apply glue on a leaf.
Squeeze some white glue or clear liquid glue onto a leaf on your transparency film. Spread the glue evenly with your finger, a small spoon, or a paint brush. It's okay for the glue to go over the outlines of the leaf.
8Place a few pieces of tissue.
Place a few overlapping pieces of tissue onto the area with glue. We prefer a single color of tissue for each leaf but you can use multiple colors if you like.
9Add more pieces of tissue.
As you add more pieces of tissue, smooth down the edges with a small spoon, craft stick or paint brush. Continue adding more until you've filled the entire leaf shape with colored tissue.
10Let the glue dry.
Place colored tissue on the rest of the leaves following Steps 7 to 9. When all done, let the glue dry completely.
11Cut out the leaves.
Once the glue dries, cut out the leaves. Cutting is much easier if you flip the transparency film so that the smooth side (leaf outlines are much more visible on this side) is facing up.
12Put double-sided tape.
Cut short strips of double-sided tape. Stick two or more strips on each leaf's smooth side.
13Use the leaf suncatchers.
Stick the colorful leaves onto glass windows or doors as lovely autumn décor.
You can also string the leaves together to make a fall suncatcher garland or mobile.