It’s all about pampa grass and palm leaves this year, isn’t it? I couldn’t love the trend more, I’m a sucker for the natural look and any exotic decor! Exhibit A: my woven baskets from Djibouti in the pictures below… There has been a lot of paper-based DIY Palm Tree Leaves but I was looking for something a little wilder so I went with raffia. It made sense since raffia is a string made from a palm so the texture is perfect. The irony of using palm to make string used to make palm is not lost on me… It’s the circle of life I suppose?
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For these DIY Palm Tree Leaves, you’ll need…
Step 1: Make the metal twig
To start, cut a piece of wire 25″ long and bend it in the middle. Twist the wire until 2″ before the top. With the remaining untwisted wire, make a loop and secure in place.
Before you start on the leaf, have a bunch of raffia pre-cut to around 15″.
Step 2: Knot the leaf
Start at the top: insert a small bunch of raffia (4 or 5 strings) into the loop and knot like in the picture above. Continue until you have filled the loop. I had to put in 6 bunches but you might need to amend depending on the size of the loop you made.
To create the side of the palm, use a macrame knotting technique. Create a loop with a bunch of raffia and place it under the wire, loop to the right, ends to the left. Create another loop and place over the wire, loop to the left, ends to the right. Place the ends into the previous loop. Next, bring the ends of the previous loop into this new loop like in the second picture. Tighten the knot and pull it upwards, making sure you pull the ends towards the top to start shaping the palm.
For the next knot, inverse the knotting pattern. The first goes over and the second goes under like in the pictures above. Repeat this alternating pattern until you have at least 6 knots.
Step 3: Shape the palm leaf
Now, wrap the metal twig with a long piece of raffia. Use some glue to help securing the ends.
Next, cut the leaf to give it a pointy shape towards the top. I worked in batches, shaping the top, then the sides and finished with the bottom part of the leaf.
To finish up the palm by giving it a rustic look, apply some stain (I used strong coffee) and rub it with your fingers to blur it a little. Let your DIY palm leaves dry well before you put them in a vase.
That’s all! I made a few because they look better together. You could vary the length of the stems to add visual interest.