How to Make Palm Tree Out of a Carpet Roll

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How to Make Palm Tree Out of a Carpet Roll
Turn an empty carpet roll into a palm tree (palm tree image by Christine Valin from

You can make palm trees out of used carpet rolls to create a tropical ambience for your next luau party. These trees will be more unique than those you can buy at a party store. They will also serve as a conversation starter to get the party rolling. Most carpet stores will give you the used cardboard rolls for free if you ask.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Metal or plastic bucket filled with gravel
  • Empty cardboard carpet roll
  • Umbrella
  • Scissors
  • Several sheets of green poster board
  • One pack of brown paper lunch bags
  • Craft glue

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  1. 1

    Thrust the cardboard carpet roll deeply into a bucket of gravel until it stands up on its own freely, perpendicular to the ground.

  2. 2

    Cut the bottoms off of a pack of brown paper lunch bags. Slip each bag, one at a time, over the top of the roll and scrunch it down. Keep adding bags until you reach the top of the carpet roll. This will add a realistic looking texture to the tree trunk.

  3. 3

    Using scissors, cut the fabric off of a cheap dollar-store umbrella.

  4. 4

    Put the umbrella handle into the top of the carpet roll.

  5. 5

    Cut palm fronds out of the green poster board. Make them large enough to cover each prong of the umbrella. Cutting them freehand, without following a stencil, can give them a more natural, realistic look.

  6. 6

    Add glue to the top of each umbrella prong and stick a palm frond on top of each prong so that they entirely cover each prong. Allow to dry.

  7. 7

    Bend the fronds downward, lengthwise, to help conceal the prongs of the umbrella a bit.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the palm trees away from open flames like grills and tiki torches as they are highly flammable.

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