How to Make Palm Tree Leaves

by VeryLiv
4 Materials
1 Hour

I don't know about you but I’ve been eyeing these tall decorative leaves for a while. They pop up every now and then in cool Boho decor. It’s a refreshing alternative to Pampa grass, which isn’t great for dust or even an option for those with allergies! I’ve been thinking about how to make palm tree leaves without weaving yarn, which would take forever on large leaves, and I came up with this method. DIY decorative palm leaves in under 1 hour!

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All you need is a bamboo stake from the garden center, a roll of steel wire and some jute or any other natural fiber twine. Arm yourself with your glue gun and read on to find out how to make these tall palm tree leaves!

To start off, cut a bunch of thin jute twine. The easiest and most time-efficient way to do this is to wrap the twine around a book. 

Next, cut a yard of steel wire. Wear protective eye goggles when you work with metal wire from a roll. It’s all too easy for the wire to spring around and poke you! Bend the wire in half and straighten it to remove any bends. Shape the metal in a curvy leaf-like shape and twist the ends together. My leaf structure was roughly 20 inches long (50cm).

Glue the metal leaf shape along the bamboo stake. Next, prepare a length of thick jute and glue the end to the metal wire of the leaf. Start wrapping the jute around to cover the wire. 

To fill the leaf, tie bits of jute around the center bamboo pole. It doesn’t have to be perfect, try to space them out evenly, around 1/4″ apart (5mm), but don’t worry too much about it!

When you’re done, turn the leaf over and add a few dots of hot glue along the bamboo stake, over the jute knots, to ensure they don’t slip around. Then, take a piece of twine and bring it under the side of the leaf. Wrap it around and add a little bit of glue to hold it in place. Move along the side, gluing the twine to the side of the leaf as evenly as you can. Try to make sure the tension remains the same so that the jute feels slightly taut

That’s all! You may want to make a few of these because they look great in “bouquet style”. Why not experiment with different fibers and thicknesses? I created another leaf with thick jute and wider spacing. It worked up much quicker and I really liked the contrast between this crude leaf and the fine and delicate leaf made with thin jute!

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  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Jul 05, 2021

    Very very cool! I’d like to know how you came up with this idea?

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