This month we have had our eyes on dried plants and flowers. There’s nothing more elegant. And as the days start getting just a little bit colder, we’ll take whatever we can get that reminds us of summer days. We’ve LOVED the dried plant trend and decided to to try it out with paper because when do suddenly come across a dried frond? Dried plants are already permanent, we get it, but we loved them too much to not give it a shot. Here’s our version of the lovely Palm Fan Leaves, jazzed up with a little bit of color, because could something really be Lars if it wasn’t at least one of the shades of the rainbow?
DIY PALM LEAVES
- Brown butcher paper
- A pair of scissors
- Palm Leaf Template + Stem Template (on our shop)
- Glue gun
- Scotch tape
- Long Lollipop sticks
- Spray paint
- Acrylic paints
- Trace out your leaf template and cut it out. (We have formatted the the template to cut an 8.5×11 however, the leaves that we made were done with a much larger. To accomplish this you can use the template and size up by hand or send it to print at a larger scale.)
- Fan your leaf shape: start from the middle fold, choosing one side of your teardrop-shaped leaf to begin making even smaller folds, helping your leaf get that pretty fanned palm look. Repeat on the other side. (you can use a scoring tool to help you get sharper folds)
- Color your leaf: before connecting your leaf to the stem, you’ll want to paint it to make sure it gets an even color throughout. BEFORE PAINTING be sure your creases are defined! Then flatten out your shape again, just enough that you can get an even coat of paint on it. Paint and let dry for 1-2 hours! We used spray paint.
- While your leaf is drying, make the petiole stem!
- Use petiole stem paper cover template (once again this can be sized up on the computer or sized up based off the printed template)
- Fold your stem along the dotted lines on the template.
- You should be able to make a long pyramid-looking stem now with your paper! Hot glue the extra 4th fold to hold it all together (leave the extra 2-3 inches at the top unglued).
- Paint your petiole stem to match the leaf!
- After your leaf is dry, follow your original creases to re-fold your leaf into its fan shape
- Take a lollipop stick and place it inside of the most middle crease of your leaf, only a few inches from the bottom. Hot glue it in place.
- Cut diagonally from the leaf to the stick to take the excess off of where the leaf meets the stick (refer to photo).
- Tape the very bottom together to keep the shape of the leaf fanned and the stick secure
- Slide your petiole stem paper cover over the lollipop stick (the 2-3 inch extra end first), allowing those 2-3 inches at the top to cover the very bottom of the leaf and cover the area where your leaf is glued/taped to your stick. Hot glue the top in place.
We can’t wait to see these beautiful palm leaves in your home! Make sure to tag us with #larsmakes so we can see these beautifies in your home!