How to make a large cardboard palm tree

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How to make a large cardboard palm tree
Make your own cardboard palm tree. (palm tree image by Christine Valin from

You can make a large palm tree out of cardboard to create a tropical ambience for any party. Making your own palm tree will be much more unique than buying one at a party shop. You need to obtain an empty cardboard carpet roll from a carpet shop to use as your trunk. Usually you can get them for free if you ask nicely.

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Things you need

  • Metal bucket
  • Gravel
  • Empty cardboard carpet roll
  • Cheap umbrella
  • Scissors
  • Several sheets of green poster board
  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Stick the carpet roll into a bucket of gravel. Make sure it is in there deep enough so that it can stand up freely on its own, perpendicular to the floor.

  2. 2

    Cut off the bottoms from a pack of paper lunch bags. Slide each bag separately over the top of the roll and scrunch it down. Add bags until they have covered the entire roll to create a realistic looking textured tree trunk.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric off an umbrella using scissors.

  4. 4

    Insert the umbrella handle through the top of the carpet roll.

  5. 5

    Cut palm fronds in a freehand fashion out of green poster board. Make them large enough to cover every umbrella prong.

  6. 6

    Put hot glue on top of each umbrella prong and press a poster board palm frond on top of each prong. Allow to dry overnight.

  7. 7

    Bend the fronds downward slightly along the spine of the fronds. This will help conceal the umbrella prongs.

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