Palm Frond Weaving Instructions

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Palm Frond Weaving Instructions
Green palm fronds are more pliable than dried varieties. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Woven palm fronds can be practical or works of art. Whether you're making simple baskets or animals, these wide, pliable fronds make sturdy containers and lovely woven decorations. Palm fronds are easiest to weave when they're green. This is when they're most pliable, though you can also weave dried fronds. One way to learn palm frond weaving is to start with a simple project, such as a palm frond fish.

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  1. 1

    Snip two, ½-inch wide palm fronds to 11-inch lengths. Fold both fronds in half. Lay them in front of you horizontally so the folds of both fronds point left. The four flaps resulting from the folds are A and B on the top frond and C and D on the bottom frond.

  2. 2

    Slide flap A between flaps C and D near the fold. Flap D should be between flaps A and D. The two folded fronds should create a right angle.

  3. 3

    Bend the end of flap A down and slide it between flaps C and D, creating a loop. Bend flap D backward and through the loop created by flap A.

  4. 4

    Fold flap A back over flap C and through the loop created by flap D. Tug flaps A and D tight to create a snug, square weave.

  5. 5

    Flip the fish over. Fold flap D to the left over flap B and slide it under the loop on the left side of flap B. Tug all the flaps so the weaving is nice and snug. You should have a square with four flaps sticking out of two sides. Trim the flaps into the fish's fins.

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