How to Make Palm Fronds for a Children's Craft

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How to Make Palm Fronds for a Children's Craft
Palm fronds are instantly evocative of tropical regions. (Buena Vista Images/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Palm fronds are the foundation for many types of woven crafts, including a variety of Christian crafts and items like basic baskets. Real palm fronds can be somewhat hard to obtain, and they are also a natural material that can be finicky to work with. For children's crafts, consider sturdy, homemade palm leaves and fronds as an inexpensive alternative that provides the necessary colour and flexibility. 

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Green construction paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Spray shellac varnish

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch the outline of a palm leaf shape. This will be either a feather shape or a round fan shape (circle on a thin post), depending on the type of palm you want to work with. Make the palm about 12 inches across, either way.

  2. 2

    Cut out the palm shape.

  3. 3

    Draw a thick line up the middle of the palm shape, extending from the stem to the top; this will be your guide for making the fronds.

  4. 4

    Make the fronds on the palm. Cut a series of parallel straight lines from the outside of the palm to the line in the centre. Angle them downward at 45-degree angles and space them 3/4 inch apart. Do this up both sides.

  5. 5

    Sharpen the tips of the fronds. On the outside end of each of the frond strips you just cut, cut the corners off the square ends to give them points. Cut at a 30-degree angle for a gradual point on each side that imitates the shape of real fronds.

  6. 6

    Lay the palm leaf on a sheet of waxed paper.

  7. 7

    Spray the palm with shellac spray. Coat the top side and let it fully dry according to the instructions on the shellac. Flip the leaf and spray the other side.

  8. 8

    Use the finished leaf in its current form, or remove individual fronds to use in weaving crafts. 

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