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DIY Dried Palm Fronds

I have been loving the boho natural vibe of dried palm fronds that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest and Instagram. But being the diy-er that I am, I knew I could make some instead of paying $20+ dollars for them off Etsy.

After completing these (which by the way are ridiculously easy to make) I’m so happy with how they turned out. And having all the supplies needed (kraft paper, stapler, and paint) made them my favourite word, FREE!

See below for my walk through tutorial and tips.

Begin by placing a found template (plate, tray, etc.) partly off the edge of your kraft paper. Use a pen to trace and then scissors to cut out.

Fold the paper back and forth about 1/2 an inch as you would an accordion or fan.

Use a stapler to secure the fold.

Cut a long thin strip of cardstock, about 12 inches by 1/2 inch, to be used as a stem. I stacked two for stability. Staple the stem within the bottom of the fan as pictured. Cut long strips of kraft paper and wrap around the stem, glueing as you go.

Lastly, paint as desired. I used gold and white paint for the below. Allowing the kraft paper to peek through gives a more natural feel.

Lastly, I styled with some faux branches in a vase. The vase was originally a clear glass vase found at the thrift store that I upcycled with the Collective Gen’s Whitewash/DIY Chalk Paint tutorial. I styled this and my favourite Anthropologie candle “Volcano” on a pink pizza stone (yes, you can get creative with many household objects and style them as pretty decor!)

How to Make Raffia Palm Fronds

Love bohemian style crafts? You might also enjoy the above Dried Rafia Palm Fronds! Find the full tutorial for how to make them here.


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