DIY - How to create a marijuana leaf joint

Published May 11, 2019 01:07 p.m. ET
Photo Credit Ryan Remiorz

One of the greatest things about smoking cannabis is the variety of different ways that you can smoke a marijuana plant flower. You can use glass like bongs or pipes or choose to vaporize utilizing any number of vape type devices. There are also so many kinds of rolls from joints, blunts, and spliffs to fancier pieces of smokable art that can resemble anything from a bird, a heart, a star, or a marijuana leaf. The more intricate the design, the more difficult the challenge will be, and this one is more for experienced rollers, as it requires rolling 13 joints that are all the exact same size to pull off the effect. This DIY joint roll takes anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete depending on your level of experience and patience.

You will need:

  • 13 king size rolling papers (for rolling)
  • 20 king size papers (for glue strips)
  • 3-4 grams of cannabis
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 filter paper (a small piece of thick paperboard)
  • 1 grinder


  1. The first step is to grind up the cannabis with a grinder and remove any seeds or stems that may be present that could potentially rip the papers.
  2. Next, you must roll all the joints that you will need to pull off this masterpiece. It will require 13 straight rolled joints that are as close as possible in size.
  3. Once you are content with the size of your joints, it is time to prepare the glue strips. Take a pair of scissors and slice off the glue covered portions of 20 king sized papers.
  4. Now cut five of those glue strips in half and place them aside in a separate pile.
  5. This step requires forming the marijuana leaves using 10 of the joints. Now is an excellent time to make any necessary adjustments if some of your joints happen to be larger than others. Pair the joints according to size and hold them together one set at a time with your thumb and pointer finger pressing on one end of the joints to flatten them at the tips.
  6. Now you will need to use some of the half-sized glue strips to fasten the ends of each pair together one at a time. Hold the joints together and wrap the end with a moistened piece of glue strip. This is creating the tips of the marijuana leaf. Once all of the pairs have been fused at one end leave them for 2-3 minutes to allow the glue time to dry. This will provide for stability to the sections as you piece them together.
  7. Use the remaining five half strips of glue to wrap the bottoms of each pair of joints together. Do not squish them together as you did at the tops, or there will be no draw when you go to smoke it.
  8. At this point, you should have ten joints that have been fused at both ends. Each one should have a flattened tip as well as an open bottom.
  9. Now you will need to use glue strips to attach each pair together. It helps if you place the leaves in a marijuana leaf shape before you start. Use one glue piece at a time to wrap the open ends of two pairs together so that they all come to a point. You will have one left over at the end which will be attached next after you give the newly connected joints time to dry which should take 2-5 minutes.
  10. You can use the same technique to bring and attach them all together at the base. Allow another 2-4 minutes to set once finished.
  11. Take two of the remaining joints from the pile and cut them approximately ¾ of the way up. This will make them slightly smaller than the rest of them and help you to create the seven-pointed natural marijuana leaf shape.
  12. Attach the last two joints on an angle pointed slightly downwards in comparison to the rest of the joints using two full sized glue strips. Allow 2-4 minutes to dry once more before attaching the base.
  13. This is the tricky part, and where most people give up. The idea is to use most of the remaining glue to wrap the last joint which acts as the base of the marijuana leaf using some criss-cross wrapping motions until a seal has been created. This may take several layers and is best done one at a time with a few minutes to dry between each one.
  14. Now you will need to completely seal any leaks between the leaves. This can be done using glue strips and is made easier with additions like BHO that can help to get into tiny crevices you might not easily reach with a glue strip without ripping it.
  15. Make a filter using a thicker paper or bristle board by cutting it to size and wrapping it using accordion style folds and pressing it into the tip of the base joint.
  16. Congratulations, you have officially created a marijuana leaf joint. Take a picture right now! You will be excited to smoke all your hard work, but this one is worthy of documentation to share for later.

How to smoke a marijuana leaf joint

Most smokable joints are relatively straightforward, and this one isn’t much different with one exception, and that is a necessary waiting period before lighting the smallest bottom tips so that they don't burn up too fast and ruin the joint by blazing it at the base before the others make it that far.

You will need:

  1. Use a lighter or torch to light the five most massive leaf tips.
  2. Take light or deep inhales, whichever you prefer and enjoy the smoke show as streams pour from all five openings quickly creating a lighting haze.
  3. Once the largest cannabis leaves have burnt down just past halfway, you can light the smallest bottom tips with a lighter.
  4. If everything burns evenly, you should be able to smoke a marijuana leaf joint right down to the filter just like you would with any other cannabis roll.

Suggested additions

  1. Terp Juice - Makes an excellent flavor changing addition to any joint and if you are putting all the work in you may as well reap the benefits of a yummy flavor.

  2. BHO & Kief - Consider adding BHO by coating the joints in a thin layer of the concentrate and dipping them into a kief powder for a true leaf like texture to add to the effect.

  3. Tobacco - Some people prefer the flavor of tobacco, and many even feel that it enhances the overall buzz by quickening the blood pressure. Add a little tobacco by mixing some ground tobacco with the cannabis before it is rolled into joints.



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