DIY Palm Leaves

Palm leaves are often used for decoration in vases and can add the perfect boho touch to your home decor. This quick and easy DIY tutorial will have you cranking out palm leaves in no time!

My little palm leaf journey began in Hobby Lobby. As I was perusing the floral department, I ended up purchasing an artificial palm leaf to use as a prop for photography. I brought it home and quickly realized that I probably could have made something similar for way less cash-ola.

In this DIY tutorial, I will be showing you how to create two different variations of palm leaves using similar techniques.

Supplies:

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  • 12×12 Sheets of Brown/Neutral Paper. I got my paper from Hobby Lobby.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Needle

Palm Leaf Option 1:

Start by folding your piece of paper in half hotdog style.

Roughly sketch a curved line, similar to below, and cut along the line.

Starting on one side, being to fold the paper accordion style with about 1/2″ folds.

This is what it should look like when you’re done folding.

Using a hot glue gun, attach the dowel to the leaf by placing it between one of the folds.

Next, cut a small piece of the same colored paper and wrap it around the base of the leaf for a clean finish.

This step is optional. If you like how the leaf looks at this stage – go ahead and leaf it alone (lol). For something a bit extra, cut out small triangles between the folds as below.

Palm Leaf Option 2

Note: The first few steps are the same as Palm Leaf Option 1.

Start by folding your piece of paper in half hotdog style.

Roughly sketch a curved line, similar to below, and cut along the line.

Starting from the bottom edge, being to fold the paper accordion style with about 1/2″ folds.

This is what it should look like when you’re done folding.

Using your needle, make essentially pilot holes for the dowel to go through. I ended up having to go back through using a pair of scissors to make the holes a little bigger for my dowel.

Once the holes are created, push the dowel through.

Remove the dowel for now and hot glue the middle together.

To attached the dowel, put a large glob of hot glue on the end and insert it in the holes you made earlier. It won’t go all the way through but no worries – it will still be stable.

Next, cut out small triangles between the folds as below.

For a final touch, I like to pinch the ends of each point and trim any access paper.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial and would love to see your finished palm leaves! Feel free to leave a comment below.

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