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May 28, 2021

Have you seen the trend of the over-sized dried palms? I personally love this look! It’s such a fun statement way to add depth and texture to a room that’s different than getting another plant. I’ve actually added a few of these palms I speak of to my cart on Etsy, never to purchase because they are more than I wanted to spend. Then a few weeks back I was hired to create a stunning dried greenery backdrop. This backdrop, pictured below, is exactly my style, so I knew I wanted to make it. Unfortunately, the client’s budget couldn’t quite get us the look we were going for. As I always do, I got creative. I made dozens of paper palm fronds to use as the base layer of the back drop. And, I loved them so much, I made some for my house instead of spending big on the real ones!

These paper palm fronds are definitely the look for less, much less. You may even have most of the supplies to create! Plus bonus, I show how I layered my paper and dried greens to create a one-of-a-kind backdrop!


Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!

Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!


SUPPLIES:

  • kraft paper roll
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • bamboo stakes (cut to size)

CUT KRAFT PAPER

Cut about a yard of the kraft paper. That’s the size I’ve used in the images, but you can play with the size of paper to change the scale of the leaf.

Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!


FOLD PAPER

Fold accordion style, long ways, with pleats about 1″.

ST - You'll never believe how great these paper palms look!


FOLD IN HALF

Fold the entire pleated paper in half.

ST - You'll never believe how great these paper palms look!


CUT A SLIT

Cut 1cm slit in bottom of folded paper.

You have to click over to see how amazing these paper palms look!!


GLUE AT CENTER

Use your glue gun to glue the top portion of the paper together. Glue about half way down. This will allow for you to insert and glue around the bamboo stake. If you are not going to insert the stake, glue the entire length of center.

You have to click over to see how amazing these paper palms look!!


CUT POINTS OF FRONDS

Cut from edge inward on each peak of each fold, toward the valleys.

You have to click over to see how amazing these paper palms look!!


INSERT STEM

Insert a bamboo stake into the slit you cut, up to the glued portion.

Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!


GLUE STEM

Use glue gun to glue stem in place. Attach the folded portion together to hide stem.

Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!


STYLE IN A VASE

These large paper palms look amazing, and make a HUGE statement in a floor vase or even hanging on a wall!

Check out these simple DIY Paper Palm Fronds!


USE IN A STATEMENT BACKDROP

I recently used these paper palms in a large-scale dried green installation.

This dried green backdrop was made with paper palm fronds!


ATTACH PAPER PALMS TO WALL

I save hundreds by using these paper palms as the base of this installation.

ST - Large Dried Green Backdrop with Paper Palms


ADD GREENS

Next add more affordable dried robellini.

ST - Large Dried Green Backdrop with Paper Palms


SPRINKLE IN THE DRIED GOODS

Finally layer in a variety real oversized dried and bleached palms.

You have to see this Dried Green Backdrop with Paper Palms


This dried green backdrop was made with paper palm fronds!


DIY TUTORIAL CREDITS

photography + DIY tutorial: Lauren Koster of Lauren Koster Creative // kraft paper // scissors // glue gun // bamboo stakes // giant bleached palms // dried palm fronds // Sahara dried palm leaves // large dried palms

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