How to make a miniature palm tree


Make Tiny Realistic Palms From Paper or Fabric

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Lesley Shepherd

Lesley Shepherd

Lesley Shepherd is a miniature artisan who shares her knowledge about miniatures. She has over 30 years experience teaching this highly specialized craft. Lesley is also a professional museum model maker.

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Updated on 06/15/20

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Make Miniature Palm Trees in Several Styles for Scale and Model Scenes.

You can make these miniature palm trees easily in many styles and scales for all kinds of scale scenes, gaming terrains, Christmas nativities, dollhouse interiors or exteriors, even as cake decorations. The palm 'trunks' are made by wrapping wire stems with dry brushed kraft paper. The trees can be made from pre-wired fabric plant leaves available from a craft store or florist, or you can make the basic leaves from paper with a wire in the center.

Before you start making a particular type of palm, study the shape of its fronds, as well as how the fronds come off the trunk, and the relative size of the fronds. For most scale miniatures, generic palm fronds should be about the size of a doorway or the height of a person in the same scale. This will create palms that appear to be in scale outdoors. Indoor palms only have trunks in conservatories. Household palm trees usually appear to spring from a tip at ground level in a pot and can be made following the same instructions, just without the trunk.

Materials List for Making Easy Model Palm Trees In Any Scale

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To Make Model Palm Trees in Any Scale You Will Need:

  • Kraft Paper for the palm trunk. A brown paper bag or used sheets of parcel wrap are fine. Use thinner paper for smaller scales.
  • Acrylic Paints in raw umber and black, to dry brush the kraft paper to give a bark effect, in dark green, mid green, and yellow-green to create palm fronds from paper instead of fabric leaves.
  • Stiff Paint Brush for dry brushing the trunk paper, or painting the fronds.
  • Textured Fabric Leaves in the correct color and slightly larger than you need for your palm fronds. Each palm tree will need five to seven leaves. You can substitute fabric or paper wrapped florist's wire and printer paper (tissue paper for smaller scales) if you wish.
  • PVA (White) Glue
  • Florist's Tape You can also use masking tape, the color isn't important as it will be covered.
  • Wire Cutters
  • Sharp Scissors

Choosing Fabric Plant Leaves Suitable for Making Model Palm Trees

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If you want to make palm trees from fabric plant leaves, try to find a leaf with a stem long enough to form a trunk for the size of palm tree you want to make. Choose leaves which are dark green colored and have veins that curve out from the center of the leaf if possible. Try to find leaves which are paler underneath. We used magnolia style leaves here for palms suitable for a dolls house or small Christmas nativity scene. These leaves were the correct color with good leaf veins and long wire stems.

Don't worry if the leaves are large; you can easily cut them down to size. You can also usually easily remove any plastic veins beneath the leaves if necessary. Check the cluster of leaves you find, to make sure all the leaves in the group are the same. In the group of magnolia leaves, We purchased at the craft store, some are dark green, and some are yellow-green. This works fine, as long as you remember to use only one kind of leaf in each palm tree. Leaves with natural wavy texture look very realistic for several miniature palms. If you want your palm to have dead fronds as well as living ones, then try to find similar leaves in light brown or yellowed colors. If necessary, you can make the dead fronds from paper and combine them with the fabric fronds.

Remove Any Veins From the Fabric Leaves

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If your fabric leaf has plastic veins on the underside, peel them off the leaf before you cut it into the shape of palm fronds. The plastic veins will get in the way of your cuts for the frond. On most fabric leaves the veins will peel away from the edge back to the wire center of the leaf, where you can trim them away from the center vein.

Cut Palm Frond Shapes From Fabric Leaves

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Decide what shape and length you need for the type of model palm tree you want to create. The easiest palms are date palms and phoenix palms, which have oblong leaves, which are slightly pointed at the tips. The length of the frond should be roughly equal to the height of either a doorway or a person in the scale you are working in, although they can be larger or smaller and still look in scale. For this set of instructions, we cut the rough oval shapes close to five inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide before they were trimmed.

Cut your rough oval shape starting from the tip of your leaf to keep the stem of the leaf as long as possible for the palm trunk.

To see a clearer example of the shape of the leaf, see the step on for cutting palm frond shapes from paper.

Remove Excess Fabric From the End of the Miniature Palm Frond

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When you have cut out your basic palm frond shape, peel any excess leaf (from the main leaf shape you started with) off the wire below the base of your newly cut palm frond, making sure the frond section is not peeled from the wire. Trim any excess fabric off the wire as shown in the photo.

Cut Basic Palm Frond Shapes From Paper

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To make palm fronds from paper instead of fabric plant leaves, cut roughly oval shapes with a slight point on one end as shown in the photo. Double the sheet of paper to make two identical cuts for each leaf. You will need one paper leaf for the top, and one for the bottom of the leaf, with a length of fabric or paper, covered wire glued in the center (see the next step).

Paint and Texture the Paper Palm Fronds

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To finish miniature palm fronds made from paper, first coat one side of an oval shape with glue, then center a piece of florists wire along the length of the oval, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch free at the point of the oval. Cover the wire with the second piece of paper to sandwich the wire between the upper and lower layers of the palm frond.

When the glue has dried, and the wire is secured between the two layers, paint the upper and lower sides of the leaf with yellow-green paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Dry brush a layer of darker green paint over the frond as shown in the photo (not all of the frond has been painted) making 'S' shaped curves in the paint that run out from the wire in the center of the leaf. This will create the leaflet veins. Allow some of the yellow layer of paint to show through. Dry brush the underside of the leaf with mid-green paint the same way, trying to line up the veins in the same direction. Set the basic frond shape aside to dry. When dry, carry on making the frond as in the instructions for the fabric fronds. You may need to touch up cut edges of the paper frond with a bit of darker green paint if the paper underlayer shows through after you cut it.

Cut the Basic Palm Frond Into A Fringe

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To shape the miniature palm frond for your model palm, cut it into a basic fine fringe, from the outside edge into the wire center. Try to cut along the vein lines in the leaf, or the s-shaped lines you painted on your basic paper frond. Keep the width of the cuts as equal as possible, and angle them slightly as you go around the end to cut those fringes back towards the wire as well. See the photo for an example

Add Points to the Ends of the Leaves on the Model Palm Frond

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Use sharp scissors to trim each of the fringed sections on your miniature palm frond to a point. The points do not all need to be the same lengths or size; all leaves vary slightly in shape naturally. Just try to keep the rough pointed oval shape of the frond close to the shape you first cut.

Make at least five to seven fronds for every miniature palm tree. For fuller palms, make more fronds.

Assemble the Miniature Palm Fronds Into a Palm Tree

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When you have at least five to seven fronds for your model palm tree, gather the fronds together so that the bases of all the fronds are lined up together. Don't worry about some stems being shorter than others. If you want your palm to be thicker just below the fronds (as if it has been trimmed wider) cut some of the stems to about 1/3 to half the length of the frond, leaving enough long stems to make a full-length trunk in an appropriate thickness.

When you have all the fronds lined up, gather them together at the base of the fringed leaves, with a piece of florists tape or masking tape as shown.

Tape the Palm Tree Trunk Together

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Use florist's tape or masking tape to wrap the wires on the palm fronds all the way to the base to form a trunk as shown. If you wish, you can add extra wrappings to the upper section of the trunk to thicken it. If you use brown florist's tape, you may find your palm tree is finished enough for your purposes after this tape wrap. You can create a more realistic trunk using prepared kraft paper strips for a final wrap for the tree.

Check that your trunk is the correct length for your purposes and trim all the wires, leaving one wire one inch or so longer if you want to secure the palm in a base made from a circle of wood, or anchor it into an existing terrain. You could also trim all the wires the same length and create a small plaster or polymer clay base to anchor your palm tree into position for the scene.

Prepare Kraft Paper Strip for the Palm Tree Trunk Fibers

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To make the wrapping for the palm tree trunk, dry brush a long section of kraft (brown) paper with dark brown or raw umber acrylic paint, brushed over with black paint. Matt paint is more effective than gloss paint. You do not need to coat the kraft paper entirely.

To dry brush paper, load your brush with paint, then tap the brush on a rag or paper towel to dry off the ends of the brush. Drag the brush over the paper covering it with light lines of paint, instead of the regular solid coating.

When the kraft paper is dry, use your fingers to tear a narrow strip (less than 1/2 inch, narrower for smaller palms) along the long edge of the kraft paper in the direction you made your brush lines. Try to tear the paper in a slight zig-zag, as this will mimic the small triangular scars on a palm where old branches have fallen off or been cut away. You may need several strips of torn paper to cover the trunk of one scale miniature palm depending on its height and trunk thickness.

Wrap the Trunk of the Miniature Palm Tree

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Take your strip of prepared kraft paper and run a thin line of glue along one unpainted inner edge, this will be the bottom inside edge. Begin to wrap around the top of the trunk just under the join of the fronds to the trunk. Make sure you cover all the tape from previous steps. Wrap the top section of the palm several times to create a fairly thick top, gluing the layers together as you go, but avoid having glue show between the edges of the paper.

When your trunk is the correct thickness, continue wrapping the trunk towards the base of the palm, leaving 1/8 to 1/4 inch of space between the lines of wrapping. Leave the glue to dry.

To make the trunk more realistic, use tweezers or a toothpick to tease some of the zig-zag sections free of the trunk. These will give the semblance of old frond bases to the palm.

Shape the Fronds of the Model Palm Tree

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To shape the fronds of the model palm tree into the proper crown shape, consult the photos of the palms you are trying to reproduce. Some palms have fronds that stand more erect than other varieties. Gently curve the wire on the back of the leaves over your hand to curve each frond into shape. If you need to store the palm between uses, you can bend the fronds back up into a tight group for storage. As the fronds are taped, but not glued together, you can also gently adjust the position of fronds in the group if necessary.

If you want curved palm trees, remember that palms only curve in one direction, they make C curves, but not double S bends with their trunks. Palms also look more realistic if planted in groups, rather than placed singly in a scene.

Adventures in Palm Tree Making

I’ve always been fascinated by little things like miniature plants and other hand-crafted, smaller copies of the world around us. Most of my crafting endeavors are tiny projects. Don’t misunderstand, tiny does not mean quick. Tiny projects can take just as long, if not longer, than larger things.

Miniature palm tree making turned out to take far longer than I thought it would but I also have learned a number of ways to streamline things.

First of all, let me share the inspirations…

A tutorial in the form of a forum post on Military Modelling that taught how to make a model coconut palm tree. It was the primary inspiration for my tree making. His tree has 30 fronds, mine ended up being 12. More is certainly better with a project like this. His leaves also appear to be much narrower than mine. Plus, he used air dry clay for the trunk. He spray painted the leaves, added some coconuts and painted the trunk too.

Titanic in Miniatuur, a blogspot blog all about one artisan’s endeavor to recreate the Titanic, complete with all of the fine furnishings that graced the luxury liner. He shared how he created ivy growing on a trellis and palm trees. Amazing work, worth visiting just to see what this artist has created.

Crafty Me had shared her techniques for creating alcohol ink with drug store alcohol and food coloring. I had wanted to play with alcohol ink for a while and this seemed like the perfect project for it. (mistake #1)

Palm Tree Making Supplies

A4 white typing paper (mistake #2)
craft wire (mistake #3)
bamboo skewer or rod
white glue (mistake #4)
food coloring
rubbing alcohol

I thought it would be fun to combine two projects into one. Looking back, my desire to avoid using paints and the idea to create an unevenly colored leaf were definitely a case of trying to run before learning to walk.

But, let’s get to the how it was done before examining what went wrong.

First I took a standard sheet of copy paper. I folded it in half length-wise to create two half’s measuring 4.25 x 11. I created a sharp crease and gently tore along the crease. (Much faster than measuring and cutting with scissors.)

I then took the half, folded it in half again to 2.12 x 11, creased and tore it.

I took the quarter sheet and folded it in half to 2.12 to 5.5, creased and tore it.

I took the eight and folded it in half to about 2.12 x 2.25, creased and tore it.

That gave me 16 leaves.

I took each piece, folded it in half to about 1.06 x 2.25.

I then cut out half an oval to create a general leaf shape. Being careful not to cut all the way through the center, I made 5-6 slices down each side. I opened the fold and cut down the top.

To make it look a little more shaped, I trimmed a bit off of the bottom of each frond.

Dying the Leaves

All of the leaves got dunked in the alcohol die. It took several dips and a lot of food coloring in a small amount of alcohol to get a darker green color. You can see what I ended up with here on the right – a slightly mottled green leaf. I had used all 4 colors of die to eventually get a dark green (didn’t want to use up all of the green on one project). It created some splotches of yellow and brown here and there on the leaves – exactly the thing I was hoping for.

I then went back with my scissors and cut each of the fronds in half to make it more bushy. (I had left them larger in hopes to make them easier to handle when wet. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

Assembling My Palm Tree


I couldn’t find my stash of straight wire, so I used some green wire I had. That created all sorts of problems. Ended up having to sacrifice a pair of leaves to help seal the wire to the leaves. See photo.

I bundled the leaves around a thin bamboo skewer – I think it was actually a bit of basketry that I picked up at a thrift store. I wrapped the bundle in green florist’s tape. It looked a bit too thin and looked a bit flat. So, I added some pieces of thin electrical wiring and wrapped the tape around the entire mess to make a thicker trunk. I then added a bit of extra coils of wire at the top to mimic the way palm trees have a larger area at the base of the leaves.

Overall, I think it came out cute. It’s around 8 inches tall, not including the exposed bamboo for standing it in something and about 4 inches wide at the widest point of the leaf canopy.

Lessons in Tree Making

OK, let’s discuss things I did that made things more difficult…

Mistake #1 The alcohol die.

Maybe not totally a mistake but certainly not sure the look was worth the time, effort and mess; not to mention the risks involved using food coloring. Love the mottled, uneven color. Hated that gluing the stems/wire on leached some of the die out.

The leaching only happened on some of the leaves. I used a bit of green marker to blend the color and make it look less like my palm tree had some sort of disease. The fellow on the military modelling forum constructed his leaves, with the stems, and then spray painted them. Creates a bit of a uniformity of color but his leaves have a bit of a waxy, more natural look.

Mistake #2 – the paper

The plain, white copy paper. sigh. I’ve since purchased a multi-color assortment like this one  Neenah Astrobrights Premium Colored Paper – I thought this one would be useful for flowers and other projects. They offer several different colored assortments, 6 of which include at least one green. As I’m writing this post, I’m sorry I purchased mine at Staples, it was $3 more there for very similar colors. (If you do shop for colored paper for this or other similar project, be mindful of paper weight. Card stock, in color, seems cheaper than 24lb standard paper. )

Mistake #3 – the wire

Using spooled craft wire – save yourself the headache and wrestling match. Get some straight stuff. You still might have to add a bit of a paper pocket to secure it in place but at least it will lay flat on your work table. Of course, the paddle wire I used was cheap. The flat, floral wire isn’t. But, this looks like one of the best offerings on Amazon – 300 18 inch-long pieces. Best part is they come in a protective tube to help ensure they stay straight until you use them. For this project, I would cut them in half.

Mistake #4 – the glue

Used regular white glue. Should have used tacky glue or something that dried quicker and I might not have needed to sandwich the wire between two pieces of paper.

Idea #1 – paper sandwich

Not sure if it would work or not but if I were to have another go at palm tree making, I would try sandwiching paper over the wire. I would experiment with tissue paper and glue it completely as well as trying colored copy paper only glued near the wire.

Idea #2 – size matters

My tiny green gardens have all been inside creations. That means they are fairly small. While my page ripping technique made this a super easy project – no measuring is always good, it did make a tree too large to be included with any of my little gardens.

The same general technique with smaller pieces of paper and a tiny scissors may produce something even cuter.

Since first writing this post, I’ve been talking a lot about a beach house kit that I found on Amazon. The kit included materials and instructions for making a pair of palm trees. They’re only 9cm and 7cm tall. The technique is pretty much the same but the materials used create a cuter end product – at least I think they do. You can see them here.

how to make a palm tree with your own hands, colored paper appliqués, voluminous craft with corrugated paper branches, origami and templates for cutting out

Making crafts with your own hands is a great way to have a great and interesting time. For children, this lesson will also be educational, especially if you make something unusual, for example, a paper palm tree that does not grow in our country. How to make a palm tree out of paper yourself, and what ways to assemble it exist, we will provide all the necessary information: step-by-step photos, video tutorials, design ideas and diagrams.

  • Features of exotic plants made of paper
  • Examples of ready-made crafts from paper and cardboard
  • How to make a Palm tree
  • Materials and tools needed
  • Step by step assembly of a three-dimensional palm tree with step by step photos
  • Origami for beginners
  • Appliques for beginners
  • Cutting Templates
  • Paper Palm Ideas

Exotic Paper Plant Features

Plants growing in warm southern countries are different from the flora of our climate. Exotic trees amaze with their unusualness, and lovers of making various paper crafts very often prefer to create palm trees from paper.

The completed work looks very impressive, attracting the attention of others. For this reason, these crafts are always used to decorate interiors, holidays.

Paper and cardboard craft examples

There are many options for making exotic crafts. A palm tree can be made from corrugated paper, colored cardboard or colored paper. The work can be done in the technique of origami, modular origami, in the form of an appliqué or a three-dimensional design.


Modular Origami

Kvilling

How to make a palm tree

To understand how to make a palm tree out of paper, you must first familiarize yourself with the step-by-step assembly scheme, watch the video. Since the palm tree is an unusual tree, you should especially pay attention to how to make palm leaves from paper, and the plant stem itself.

Required materials and tools

All necessary materials must be prepared for work:

  • colored paper (or corrugated) in two shades of green and brown;
  • wire - for the barrel;
  • base for placing a palm tree - a piece of foam, plasticine, twisted strips of colored paper (quilling), a container with sand;
  • scissors;
  • plain pencil.

Depending on the type of craft chosen, the materials may vary, for example, when making an appliqué, you can add some action to the created picture - an island, a sea, a bird (etc), and then you will need more colored sheets of paper, paints or felt-tip pens . Also, for the design of the panel, it will be a plus if the work is placed in a frame. Then a hand-made craft will surely please everyone with its originality.

Step-by-step assembly of a three-dimensional palm tree with step-by-step photos

Large-sized three-dimensional palm tree, perfect for decorating covered terraces, verandas, winter gardens, while the cost of making crafts will be minimal.

Even children can handle the work, assembly should be done in stages:

  1. cardboard) from paper towels.
  2. Brown paper is torn by hand arbitrarily, giving irregularities to the blanks, of any size. Then the resulting sheets should be crumpled in the hands - for greater realism.
  3. The trunk is wrapped, starting from the bottom, overlapping in a spiral with brown blanks.
  4. The paper is fixed with elastic bands or threads at intervals of 6-8 cm.
  5. The edges of the brown paper are folded to the sides, giving a similarity to the irregularities of the bark of a palm tree trunk.
  6. From colored green paper, preferably two shades (for greater realism), cut out elongated blanks for leaves 8-10 pcs. Fold in half and make a "fringe" at an angle to the outer end of the sheet.
  7. Fold paper palm leaves 4 pieces. and fastened at the base with a stapler. The outer tips should look in different directions.
  8. The collected leaves are fixed on the top of the trunk with glue, if towel sleeves are used, then the leaves are planted on the glue, then crumpled brown paper (in the form of a ball) is inserted on top. If necessary, use threads or braid.

The finished palm tree is installed on a pedestal, in a pot, flowerpot, planter, where sand, decorative pebbles, shells are poured.

Crafts can be made from corrugated paper for this:

  • brown paper is cut into thin strips (2-2.5 cm), cutting off the “fringe” on one side;
  • 8-12 pieces of elongated leaves are cut out of green paper, cutting them on each side, giving the shape of a palm leaf, the size may be different;
  • brown strips are wound (at an angle) on the blank for the barrel (tube, wire, strong wire, stick), fixed with glue;
  • uncut brown paper elements are folded back, giving randomness;
  • The leaves are fastened with thread, wire and glue to the top of the trunk and straightened out.

Palm tree can be installed in a piece of Styrofoam (painted brown), a container with sand or pebbles.

The smallest leaves are fixed closer to the center of the palm trunk, then the middle ones are placed, and the largest ones are glued last.

Simple Origami for Beginners

There are many simple patterns for beginners in the origami technique, even children will cope with the work, and will be proud of themselves and crafts.

The origami palm is assembled in stages:

  • a square (15x15 cm or 20x20 cm) of green paper is folded in the middle - horizontally, vertically (turning), then twice diagonally;
  • after each fold (4 times in total) the fold is ironed and the sheet is flattened;
  • fold the square along the folds into the basic shape - a double square;
  • in the upper part of the workpiece, the sides are folded towards the center, then opened;
  • the first layer of the square is opened to the sides (up and down), an elongated rhombus is obtained;
  • fold the rhombus in half and turn the workpiece over;
  • the same steps are repeated on the other side;
  • open carefully and fold the two sides to make them flat;
  • four adjacent sheets were obtained;
  • take the middle of the foliage and bend it into the form of palm branches bent down;
  • sharp tips are also slightly tucked under.

The crown is ready, then an unusual palm trunk is assembled:

  • a gray, orange or brown sheet of paper in the form of a square of the same shape, folded twice in half upwards, then again - you get a narrow blank;
  • open it and fold the narrow sides towards the middle at the center of the fold;
  • open the blank;
  • on the front side, the workpiece is bent in a zigzag manner - the width of the folds is 5-8 mm, the step is 2-3 cm;
  • after that, the workpiece is bent in the center (along the fold line) and along the side lines - a finished stable trunk is obtained.

Palm branches are fixed on the trunk with glue, double-sided tape. The craft is ready.

Applications for children

For the smallest creators, the following simple and very beautiful application scheme will be possible: Circles (5 pieces) 2.5-3 cm in size are cut out of brown paper, and they are cut in half - these are the parts for assembling the trunk. From shades of green paper, circles are cut out in size 10 cm - 1 pc., 7.5 cm - 1 pc., And 5 cm - 2 pcs. Each of them is cut in the middle.

  • But the base of colored cardboard in the middle is laid out with brown semicircles overlapping (lower to upper) in the form of a curved trunk. Then fixed with glue.
  • Cut off the “fringe” on the round side of green blanks and give it randomness.
  • Two large blanks of leaves are glued to the trunk by the middle, the clipped edges are not touched with glue. Next, on the base of the large ones, I fix the blanks of the middle circle - the same way.
  • The first small piece of cut 5 cm is also glued on the middle leaves, and the second on the largest leaves, giving the palm a volume and a rounded shape.
  • If desired, you can add an island of yellow paper, a bird, a sun.

    Cutting templates

    A large assortment of templates and stencils makes it easy and quick to choose your favorite model to make your own craft. To do this, it is printed out for cutting.

    Ideas for using paper palms

    Since handicrafts made by yourself usually look very beautiful, are associated with rest (summer) and vacation, they are often used in interior design. A palm tree can be placed on a wall, window, window sill, it can be used to decorate furniture.

    If you make crafts from wafer paper, you can decorate a birthday cake, a festive dinner table with it.

    Small paper palm tree, ideal for decorating homemade cards, greeting posters. Photo frames decorated with paper palm trees look original, especially if you insert a photo taken on vacation (at sea) into the frame.

    Volumetric and large palm trees will be a great addition to the themed interior design in rooms where children's parties, games, parties for young people and adults, or for a photo session take place.

    Palm tree made of cardboard and paper is quite affordable to manufacture, has many different assembly methods. The finished craft will always look spectacular and original, reminding you of the warm summer, the sea and pleasant experiences.

    How to make a palm tree out of plastic bottles? How to make a big, small and bonsai palm from plastic bottles? Step-by-step instructions for assembling palm trees from plastic bottles Do-it-yourself plastic bottle palm step-by-step instructions

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    You can decorate your garden or country house yard with an original handmade plastic bottle palm tree - you can use step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams for beginners. Consider several master classes on creating beautiful exotic crafts using improvised means and simple materials. Such decor will help create a real palm paradise in your summer cottage, and making it will be an exciting experience.

    A real palm tree with bananas in the country

    Palm tree in my garden

    The material for creating a man-made palm tree will be plastic, namely plastic bottles accumulated over the summer season. Now it's time to use them for their intended purpose and with benefit, having collected an exotic plant right at your dacha.

    To implement this idea, you need bottles of two colors: green and brown. At the same time, the containers should be in sufficient quantity, because the copy should not be a mini-version of a palm tree, but a large and original art object along with.

    Plastic palm trees in the country house with garden figures

    Material suitable for assembly:

    • plastic bottles of the same type - brown and green colors are preferred. In extreme cases, you can use transparent containers, painting them at the finishing stage in the desired shade;
    • brown containers for beer, kvass or tea are suitable - they will form a palm trunk:
    • green plastic can be left from bottles of sprite, mineral water, energy drinks, tarragon - these are future palm leaves;
    • some decorate the tree with bananas and coconuts, so you can buy plastic dummies of fruits or make them yourself from improvised means, painting them in the right tone;
    • if you have bottles of different shapes, you will have to alternate them during the assembly process so that the transitions and the difference in width are not very noticeable.

    Ornamental coconuts and bananas

    The complexity of installation lies in painstaking manual work and the need to process each part separately: cut out the desired shape, adjust to size, process the edges.

    Where can an ornamental palm tree be placed:

    • near and ;
    • in the middle of green garden plantings and;
    • at the entrance area in ;
    • along the facade or fence;
    • about or ;
    • to ;
    • next to unsightly or garden.

    This craft will decorate a children's outdoor party, a themed party and even a wedding.

    Beautiful palm arrangements

    Before starting work, all plastic parts must be thoroughly cleaned and washed so that no traces of labels, glue and drinks remain. It is also important to take care of the availability of all the necessary tools and materials, step-by-step instructions and diagrams.

    Single plastic palm trees in the back yard

    Master class on making an "evergreen" tree

    A home craftsman must purchase tools and stock up on the required number of bottles, determine the dimensions of the product, namely the height of the trunk and the width of the crown.

    What you need for assembly:

    • masking tape;
    • thick wire or rope;
    • metal pipe, fittings, rod or dry trunk of a tree;
    • plastic bottles in two colors;
    • sharp scissors and utility knife.

    Be sure to remove all labels, film and paper from the surface of the bottles. The remaining adhesive must be dissolved in acetone or soapy water, and then removed with a sponge.

    Step by step process:

    The product can be decorated with whimsical garden figurines or homemade plastic animals from the same bottles. For a tropical palm tree, a cheerful brown monkey made of plastic fringe and wooden details is suitable.

    The tree can be garnished with bananas, planted in a flowerpot, a mound of ornamental stones or planted in a vegetable garden.

    My youngest son, he is seven years old, loves crafting. It does not matter what he works with - a designer, plasticine or cardboard - any craft in his hands turns into something important and useful for him. He especially likes when dad or mom are involved in this process. Of course, we almost never have enough time for such things, but if we get down to business, we work together and bring what we started to the end. The most serious of our collaborations was a palm tree made from plastic bottles.

    How to make a palm tree out of plastic bottles step by step with photo

    Before kindergarten was closed for repairs, all parents were instructed to make some crafts. The teacher told me: “Your task for the vacation is a palm tree of bottles.” We scratched our heads and got to work. Picked up brown and green flowers, found a pair of long iron rods , prepared drill .

    We started with the stem: the bottom of each bottle was cut off to a height of about 20 cm. In each blank, I drilled a hole, the diameter of a long iron rod, which was supposed to serve as the basis for the barrel.


    We cut the green bottles in half and cut the edges of each in the shape of leaves . Necks were left on one of the halves, at the ends of the others I also drilled holes that were suitable in diameter.

    Having made all the blanks, we started assembling!

    How to attach palm leaves?
    We take an elastic rod, not thick, but hard. When we make our leaves for a plastic palm tree, we cut the bottles and insert them one into one, neck to neck, but we leave a cork on the last bottle. We drill a cork and thread a rod, bend the rod at the end so that the leaves do not sleep, that's all.


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    A simple and inexpensive way to update the area near the house or on the playground can be making crafts from ordinary plastic bottles. It will take a little time and imagination, and you will be able to create from this versatile material everything that is enough for imagination. You can, for example, make a banana tree. And to make it clear to you how to do this, we created a master class on a palm tree from plastic bottles that are unnecessary in the household quickly and simply with our own hands, it has detailed step-by-step instructions and photo and video tutorials.

    Such a tree will serve as a wonderful decoration for a holiday for children or a themed party. The more plastic bottles you take to create one palm tree, the taller and more magnificent it will turn out.

    Making a palm tree out of plastic bottles with our own hands step by step

    To create a palm tree we need the following materials:

    1. Plastic bottles of various sizes and colors
    2. Scissors
    3. Adhesive tape
    4. Foundation for the future palm tree. Usually take a metal rod.
    5. Thick wire or metal pipe for the future palm tree.
    6. Styrofoam or artificial bananas
    7. Paint yellow
    8. Wire
    Making a palm tree trunk:

    1) In order to make a palm tree trunk, you need to take brown bottles of 1.5 liters 2 and 2.5. First you need to cut the bottle from the side of the neck by about a third. You will need the upper part, but do not rush to throw away the lower part - you can also make a trunk out of it by analogy.

    2) Cut the bottom of each bottle with a heated knife. We will attach the frame of our palm tree to this cut.

    cut into 8 equal parts the part of the bottle with the neck. It is necessary to cut from the wide edge to the narrow one.

    Now we need to make these parts spiky to look like a petal.

    3) We bend the resulting petals to the outside - it will look like a blossoming flower.

    Palm leaves:

    1) In order for our banana tree to have leaves, you need to take bottles of green (preferably different shades), white and yellow. The more colors you use, the brighter the palm tree will look.

    2) Cut off the neck and base of the bottle. We cut the resulting blank from the bottom of the bottle towards the narrow part into 3 approximately equal parts, but not completely. Approximately 3 cm should remain until the end of the bottle. We give the edges of each part the shape of a narrowed semicircular petal. we begin to gently bend these petals outward in the same way as we did the trunk of a palm tree. Get something remotely resembling a three-blade fan. Now we cut each resulting sheet from the edge to the middle. In the middle, you need to leave a little uncut space - about 2 cm. It turns out like a fringe. The narrower the strips in width you make, the more magnificent the fringe will turn out, and hence the foliage of our palm tree.

    3) Now the fringe strips need to be folded in different directions. 1-bend up, 2- leave as is, 3 - down. So the sheet becomes voluminous.

    4) There are 2 ways to decorate the leaves. In the first case, we leave our blanks as they are, and in the second, the blanks need to be strung on a flexible wire to make long voluminous branches. In the second case, more bottles will be needed, but the palm tree will also acquire a luxurious crown.

    Palm top.

    We take a bottle of dark brown color and cut it like a blank into leaves - from top to bottom into thin strips. We collect the segments and wrap them inside.

    Palm decoration.

    Cut out banana blanks from styrofoam and paint them yellow and carefully pass a thin wire through the top.

    Collecting a palm tree:

    1) We take the frame of a palm tree prepared in advance. It can be a thick wire or a metal pipe. And we begin to put the finished blanks of the barrel on the frame with the neck down. We are the first to put on larger blanks and begin to compose the details as a designer. We make up until about 30 cm is left to the edge. Try to arrange the petals of each part in a checkerboard pattern. We fix the parts at the base with glue or tape.

    2) Depending on which leaves you prefer to make, there are 2 ways of attaching 1-We begin to attach palm branches to the remaining empty upper part of the trunk. This is done in the same way as the trunk was assembled. Do not forget to use details of different colors and arrange the leaves in a checkerboard pattern. 2 - we attach the cable with the leaves strung on it to the frame of the palm tree to the very top and fix each sheet with tape.

    3) Install the crown - glue the workpiece to the edge of the frame with the neck down.

    4) We tie artificial bananas on palm branches

    stringing the trunk and put our palm on top.

    Now our plastic bottle palm tree is ready.

    Video on the topic of the article

    We also invite you to watch detailed video tutorials on how to create a banana tree yourself for clarity.

    Original crafts made from plastic bottles, you can easily decorate your yard! Such material is quite durable and easy to process, thanks to which a wide variety of products are created.

    For example, you can create a wonderful palm tree from plastic bottles with your own hands! Such an evergreen palm tree will decorate your site or, for example, a playground all year round.

    This master class will help you make such a craft!

    Materials and tools required:

    - brown and green plastic bottles;
    - scissors;
    - stationery knife;
    - thick wire, for the frame.

    To begin with, it is worth deciding how high the palm tree will be. In this case, the palm tree will be approximately 1.5 meters high, and the second one will be 50 cm. For this, you need about 23-25 ​​bottles of brown shade per trunk and 15 bottles of green shade for the crown!

    To create the barrel, brown bottles need to be cut in half as in the photo below.

    We need bottles of different sizes, those that are larger at the base, and smaller ones at the top of the stem. Bottle caps must be removed. You will need both the top of the bottle and the bottom.

    Then, the edges of the blanks are cut out in the form of petals, you should get about 6 “petals”.

    After, they must be bent.

    You should get something like this.

    In the future, they will add up to each other. Since there is no hole for the wire at the bottom of the bottle, it must be made using a hot nail, a knife, or it can also be drilled. Having folded the blanks, you get a rather fluffy trunk of a palm tree.

    After all the parts for the palm tree trunk are ready, you need to start creating palm leaves!

    Bottles can be used in different shades of green. You can also experiment with the volume of containers, for example, use two-liter containers at the base, and arrange smaller ones at the top. To do this, on green bottles you need to cut off the neck and bottom.

    Then, cut the bottle into three pieces.

    If you want wider leaves, you can only cut it into two parts. You will get such a preparation.

    After that, you need to straighten the strips in different directions.

    This will give some fluff to the crown!

    Now, the easiest and final step in creating a palm tree from plastic containers remains!

    Once all the parts are ready, the frame of wire or other suitable material must be securely installed in the desired location on the site. And then, string on the frame all the received parts of the palm tree.

    Using a large cork from a five-liter bottle, make a stopper on top to securely fasten the leaves. To do this, in the center of the cork, you need to make a hole, a slightly smaller diameter than the frame.

    Then, after the crown is fully assembled, put it on the wire!

    That's it, a very original palm tree has turned out, which can be installed on the site or on the playground!

    The final look of the craft. Photo 1.

    The final look of the craft. Photo 2.

    Such a craft will certainly decorate the area, as well as give a positive mood to the kids, including, like a plastic basket made by yourself!

    Summer residents who spend the summer on their garden plots face the problem of recycling plastic containers from all kinds of soft drinks by autumn. A plastic bottle palm tree can be an unexpected way to turn trash into a garden decoration.

    How is this possible? It’s very simple if you carefully study the instructions for making palm trees from bottles, prepare all the necessary tools, supplies, and be sure to stock up on a good mood.

    Bottled palm: possible benefits and uses

    As you know, the plastic used for the production of food packaging does not decompose when it enters the soil for hundreds of years. Centralized removal of this kind of garbage is not established everywhere, and no one wants to litter nearby territories with plastic waste. What should a summer resident do in such a situation? Is it really necessary to carry used plastic bottles to the city?

    Take your time! If you carefully collect bottles of brown and green plastic, in the off-season, the whole family can turn this container into an unusual evergreen tree in an evening.

    Bottle palm will perfectly decorate:

    • adjacent territory;
    • an unsightly corner of the garden;
    • plot next to outbuildings;
    • playground;
    • a border of land near an open .

    A palm tree made from plastic bottles according to the instructions below can be a spectacular decoration at any party, wedding, theme party or children's party.

    Making an original decor item will not cause any difficulties even for people who are far from this kind of creativity. The main thing is to prepare everything you need before making a palm tree out of plastic bottles.

    What do you need for a palm tree made from plastic bottles?

    What should I stock up on before starting work? First of all, the home master will need green and brown plastic bottles. Green ones are blanks for the foliage of a tree, and brown ones are the future trunks of an evergreen beauty. At the same time, the height of the plant and the splendor of the crown directly depend on the amount of collected containers.

    The list of necessary materials and tools for creating a palm tree from bottles includes:

    • plastic container;
    • sharp clerical knife and scissors;
    • strong tape;
    • metal rod or plastic tube for barrel;
    • thick rope or braided wire for the base of the leaves.

    When choosing plastic bottles for palm trees, keep in mind that trunks and leaves look better if they are made from containers of the same diameter. If there are smaller green bottles in stock, they can be used for leaves in the middle of the crown, but brown small vessels will have to be used for tree trunks of a different type or size. Different shades of plastic are not a hindrance. They will only give the man-made plant liveliness and brightness.

    Palm tree from bottles: instructions for making

    A step-by-step description of all the subtleties of creating a plastic tree will help you quickly, literally in an evening, step by step a palm tree from plastic bottles of the intended height.

    The process consists of three steps:

    • leaf assembly;
    • creating a plastic plant stem;
    • connection of all parts and installation of finished wood.

    Before making a palm tree from plastic bottles, the container must be washed and all paper and film labels removed from it.

    Although there are a lot of options for making a plastic tree, the most lush long leaves with any chosen method are obtained from large, for example, two-liter bottles.

    Making the crown of a palm tree from bottles

    Cut off the bottom part of prepared green bottles with a clerical knife or scissors. It is no longer needed, and the upper half will become a blank for the sheet.

    It is carefully cut into thin longitudinal strips towards the neck. The larger the diameter of the plastic bottle, the thicker and more magnificent the green palm leaves will turn out.

    These are not the only way to create leaves. If you cut the top of a plastic bottle, as in the photo, into four “petals”, and then cut each of them several times, you will get beautiful feathery foliage.

    The resulting leaf fragments are strung sequentially on a strong rope or a strong electric cable. A lid is necessarily screwed onto the first blank in order to fasten the “petiole” of the sheet at the top with a knot. The last part of the bottle is twisted in the same way.

    A plastic bottle palm tree can have a top of any size, but trees with a crown of at least 5–7 leaves look better.

    At the base of the finished palm leaves, there should be a long stalk in order to later assemble and securely fix the entire structure.

    Assembling the stem of a palm tree from bottles

    Almost the entire bottle, except for the bottom itself, is required to obtain a tree similar to a natural tree trunk.

    From the bottom almost to the very neck on brown bottles, longitudinal cuts are made, dividing the container into equal petals.

    Only a small fragment of the bottom goes to waste

    This is how the finished part of the future palm trunk from bottles looks like.

    Assembly is carried out in the same way as the green leaves of the tree were collected. To secure a palm tree in an upright position, its trunk will need a strong, rigid core. It can be made from a metal bar of suitable length and diameter or a tube.


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