Summer party ideas are always on our mind this time of year and seeing a trend for the humble pineapple, this summer we decided to create everything you would need to host your own Luau. Last week we shared our Luau party invitations and cute glitter pineapple party decorations. Today I am sharing my tutorial for our DIY Palm Tree – because if you’re going to throw a Luau then you have to have a couple paper palm trees right? These are statement decorations that get a lot of attention and create a wonderful WOW factor to your Hawaiian, Paradise or Beach themed party. I love creating over-sized pieces like this but they have to be easy to make, inexpensive and disposable – which these are!! Just recycle the tube and paper and keep the burlap back for future craft projects.
Begin by picking up two or three carpet inner tubes from your local carpet store – I find that they are usually willing to give these away for free. These will form the trunks of the palm trees. I cut mine down to size to give a three level look. You’ll need to cut burlap fabric into strips to cover the carpet tubes. Simply wind it around and glue it into place along the way using a hot glue gun. You can pick up the foam balls for the top of your palm trees from your local craft store. The PDF below contains the template for the palm leaves – simply download and print onto regular printer paper then tape them together to form the large palm leaf shape. We bought a roll of green school paper to make our leaves but you can just as easily buy large sheets of paper from your local craft or stationery store or better yet a green fabric. Use your template to draw the leaf onto the wrong side of the paper, cut out and glue a long bamboo skewer down the middle to give it strength and rigidity. Then you just need to poke the sharp end of the skewer into the foam ball and you have yourself an impressive handmade paper palm tree. Of course adding the foam ball coconuts is an option too. Tie your trees to a table, fence post or arbor for safety and you are good to go! ~ Lia
Make sure you check out my Kid’s Pirate Party where the Palm Tree’s originated.
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I have the pattern…..how do you print out the directions?
Hi Kay! Our older posts don’t have printable instructions– but you can right-click on the photo tutorial then save it to your desktop and print that!
Thank you Lia. How long were the skewers for the palm leaves that you used?
About 15″– this is a similar product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LKR32Z2/ref=asc_df_B00LKR32Z25339733/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B00LKR32Z2&linkCode=df0&hvadid=193129986239&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11969073695508023643&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032933&hvtargid=pla-309035923584
I just join and trying to print your palm leaf pattern. It won’t print!
I’m sorry you’re having trouble! Everything is working fine on our end– make sure you download the PDF to your desktop (don’t try to print from your web browser window, that doesn’t always work).
Very brilliant idea!!! Please how do I join the carpet roll tubes to make the tree longer?
So glad you like it! I didn’t have to join the tubes together so I’m not sure what would work best, but would try duct tape or something heavy duty.
hi Lia the palm trees are awesome about how many yards did you use for the trees. I know to cut in strips of 10-12″ but i was trying to figure out a length for each strip
Hi June, the length doesn’t really matter but mine were about 1.5-2 yards long.
How fun, we are hosting a tiki party and this is the perfect addition to the decor.
Yay that’s great!
iS THERE A WAY THAT I CAN MAKE THE LEAF ON THE PALM TREE SMALLER
You can print the template at a smaller percentage in your print dialog box 🙂
I am having trouble downloading the palm tree pattern
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Amazing. How large of styrofoam balls did you use?
Thanks! They were about 6″
This is super cute! What did you use for the leaves?
Thanks! I used green butcher paper. Wrapping paper would work, too!
Hi! I made two Palm trees like this for my daughter’s Donkey Kong birthday party. Thanks for your Pinterest pin! So easy to make.
So glad to hear that Cathy!
I’m having a Jamaican themed party I wonder if you have any ideas on how I can have the palm tree stand up on their own without having to tie them to anything
I would put them in a bucket with cement.
Great idea! I made a couple of these for a Hawaiian themed Relay for life. I just happened to have had a couple of 5 gallon buckets with pvc poles cemented in to them from another project. They worked great to slip the tree trunk over & very stable. I used spray adhesive to attach the Burlap, which was quick (except for hand clean up – maybe rubber gloves next time) not as finished edges nicely tucked as in the pictures here, but I liked the effect and easier than working with hot glue!
Great ideas, Tammi!
This is awesome i’m gonna make these for my luau this weekend
what did u us for a stand . to may it stand
I propped them up against the gazebo in the background 🙂
These look amazing! Definitely doing this for my brithday party this summer. What size burlap roll should I get (how long and how many yards)?
Yay, I’m so glad you like these Liseidy! To make these I cut strips that were about 12 inches wide. The length doesn’t really matter, just as long as it is long. I probably used about 8 strips for each tree. I hot glued the first strip to the bottom, and then hot glued the top strip when I finished, but other than that, you can just twist and tuck as you wrap the burlap up the trunk. I hope this helps!!
Hallo, I impressed …..
Thank you so much!!
I’ve made palm trees for Vacation Bible School at our church. I bought old umbrellas
From the consignment store. I take the fabric off and use the leftover “frame” to support my leaves!
What a cleaver idea!
Is it just me? I can’t see to find the The link for the PDF template for the palm leaves.
A little hiccup on our end. It should be there now.
Vielen Dank für all die schönen Freien Muster.
Cute! But I don’t see the download…? I’ve noticed before that sometimes the ad at the bottom covers it up. 🙁
It was a little blooper on our end, the pattern should be up now.