How to Braid Palms

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How to Braid Palms
The broad shape of the palm leaf makes it ideal for ribbon braiding. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Palm leaves are long and thin and commonly used as a religious symbol by Christian faiths. The leaves of the palm are braided together, often to make shapes that symbolise important elements of the Easter holiday. A simple braid to complete is a military ribbon braid made with two leaves. When completed the palms create a flat braid, and if desired the ends of the leaves can be passed through the body of the weave to create a crown shape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 Palm leaves

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  1. 1

    Grab the stiff end of one palm by the base, using your thumb and index finger, then peel down to remove the stiff rind. Repeat for the second palm.

  2. 2

    Make a loop near the base of one palm, then cross the palms near their bases with the non-looped palm on top and the loop on the left of the other palm.

  3. 3

    Wrap the non-looped palm around the body of the looped palm.

  4. 4

    Make a fold in the non-looped palm, then pass the fold through the loop, until a similar sized loop is emerging from the first loop.

  5. 5

    Make a fold in the palm you used to make the first fold, then slide it through the loop in the second palm.

  6. 6

    Repeat the braid, passing each folded section through the loop formed in the other palm, until you reach the end of the palms.

  7. 7

    Tuck the loose ends into a loop near the top of the braid for a chain or through loops near the base of the palms to make a ring-shaped crown.

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