How to Make a Hat From Palm Leaves

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How to Make a Hat From Palm Leaves
Palm branches are a fun, tropical party decoration. (palm tree image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com)

Palm leaves are used in festive holiday crafts throughout the year. They also provide fitting decor for tropical celebrations, school gatherings and outdoor beach events. As a fun craft for party guests or children, make hats from palm branches. For those living in warmer climates, palm branches can often be gathered from one's own backyard. However, palm branches can also be found at most craft stores with silk flowers or plastic plant decor.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or super glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut excess palm branches from the underside of a palm tree, choosing older branches with leaves that are not as sharp. Avoid newer branch growth near the trunk by the underside of the tree. Fake palm branches can also be purchased from a local flower shop.

  2. 2

    Trim longer leaves so they only extend 1 foot in length from the stem to the tip.

  3. 3

    Cut the side leaves extending out from the branch to 6 inches or less.

  4. 4

    Place newspaper down on your work surface to protect the area. Then place three to four small branches in a row by aligning the stem of the branches so they form a straight line.

  5. 5

    Overlay each branch on top of the next so they partially overlap by a few inches.

  6. 6

    Attach the overlaying branches together by gluing the stems to one another. Individual leaves that overlap can also be glued together. Or brush super glue over the branches and leaves to have even more of a secure bond.

  7. 7

    Slide the branches off of the newspaper to another dry area so the newspaper does not stick to the branches.

  8. 8

    Roll the connected branches into a cylinder or cone-shaped hat. Use hot glue to connect both ends of the row of leaves.

  9. 9

    Weave individual palm leaves into the framework for a thicker and fuller hat. Use hot glue to hold the ends of each palm leaf in place. Leaves can also be pasted around the circumference of the hat like strips of paper mache.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when handling real palm leaves as the edges may be sharp.

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