Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Palm" Tree Tutorial

Such an adorable addition to your tropical table setting!  And, it's so easy to make.  What could be better?

Trace 12-16 "palms" on green paper.  Regular, light weight copy or construction paper.  If you use anything heavier (like cardstock), they won't hang right.

You'll also need a paper towel tube, one toothpick for each "palm", strips of brown paper (1 1/2 - 2 inches wide), dry floral foam and tape or glue.  Glue would be the better option, but I was short on time so I used tape.

Stick your paper towel tube into the floral foam, as far as you can.  You'll start to get resistance.  At this point stop!  You don't want to crush your tube.  Give it a little twist and it'll break the foam off and into your tube.  You may need to repeat it a couple times so that the foam doesn't just slide down the tube when you press on it.  I had to do it twice.

 Starting at the bottom of your tube (the opposite end from the foam), tape (or glue) the tape.  Wrap the tape up the tube.  Continue with the rest of the paper until you've covered the entire tube.

This is where glue would have been better than tape, as you can see the tape on the outside of my tube in some spots.  Not quite as attractive as glueing would have been.

Tape (or glue) the toothpicks on the back of your "palms".  Then poke them into the foam.  I used the larger "palms" first then built up to the top with the smaller "palms".

Your finished product!

1 comment:

  1. Love this! I'm making these for table centerpieces at my daughter's beach themed birthday party next month! Thanks for the great idea.