Palm weaving is usually associated with religious festivals, such as Palm Sunday. However, it also makes an interesting arts and crafts project year-round. Although you can make many different shapes and objects using palm fronds, they are traditionally used to make baskets and bowls. The most common method of doing so is using the braid. This pattern can be challenging to beginners but can be used to make attractive decorations as well as larger objects.
Take two palm fronds. Hold them at the base, with one in the right hand (palm A) and one in the left hand (palm B).
Make a loop with palm A just above the base of the frond. Wrap the loop around palm B in a counterclockwise direction so that when you've done that, the loop is on the left-hand side of palm B. Repeat the same sequence in step 2 with palm B so that the loop is on the left-hand side of palm A.
Create a loop about 1/2 inch in size with palm B and put it through the loop in palm A. Thread it all the way through. Then, repeat this step with palm A, making a 1/2-inch loop and threading it all the way through palm B.
Repeat step 3, alternately looping and threading palm A and palm B through the opposite palm until you have reached the top of the fronds.
Bend the tops of the palm stems over and tuck them into the loop below to avoid the braid coming undone. You will not need to staple or glue them, they will stay together just as they are.
Use fresh palm fronds. Take your time with the looping and threading sequence to ensure you get a smooth, even braid.
Tips and warnings
- Use fresh palm fronds.
- Take your time with the looping and threading sequence to ensure you get a smooth, even braid.