How to Make Fan Palm Leaves

Updated July 20, 2017

Fan palm leaves look like hands waving hello on a warm summer's day, evoking dreams of a Southern California palm trees swaying next to orange groves. Bring a bit of this escapism to daily life by creating fan palm leaves out of paper. Make a fan to look like the leaves of a fan palm frond, or trace around the hand to make palm tree decorations for cards. You can make a small-scale fan palm tree out of a paper-towel roll and hand tracings.

Make a paper fan by taking a sheet of green construction paper and folding 1-inch of the paper facing upward. Create another 1-inch fold directly on top of the first, folding downward. Continue making 1-inch folds upward and downward until the fan is completed, securing the end with a staple.

Study the photograph of fan palm leaves to see how each "finger" of the palm branch is pointed. Cut an arrow shape at the top of the folded fan, and open it back up.

Tape the fan to a wood stick so it can be waved around, or displayed to look like real fan palm leaves on a branch.

Fold a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11-inch card stock in half to make a card. Create the fan palm leaves to decorate the front of the cards by tracing around a hand on a sheet of green construction paper four times. Cut out the hand tracings, and use the scissors to make pointy ends as found on the fan palm leaves.

Glue a brown pipe cleaner on the front of the card to represent the palm tree trunk. Paste the cut-out hand tracings around the top of the pipe cleaner trunk to represent the fan palm leaves.

Allow glue to dry before writing a message on the card.

Use coloured pencils to grass on a sheet of card board to create a Southern California park scene.

Trace around a hand on a sheet of green construction to make four hand tracings. Cut out the hand tracings, and use the scissors to make pointy ends as found on the fan palm leaves. Staple the cut-outs around the top of the empty paper towel roll.

Cut small tabs on the bottom of a paper towel roll, placing these 1/2-inch apart around the circumference. Push the tabs outward and glue these to the sheet of decorated cardboard. Allow the paper palm tree model to dry completely.


Help young children use the stapler.

Things You'll Need

  • Green construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Reference photograph
  • Scissors
  • Wood stick
  • Card stock
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Card board
  • Green coloured pencils
  • Paper towel roll
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Julia Hanna started writing professionally in 2009. She contributes to Web sites including eHow, where she specializes in books, movies, crafts and social networking on the Internet. Hanna has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Education from National University.