Well, you can’t just hang palm leaves throughout the Church, so we usually make these simple decorations with the palms and then tie them to the windows, doors. They turn out like little flowers and make great additions to walls, windows, even stair cases, or just as hangings in a garden.
All you need, in order to make this flower decoration, is the palm leaf and a pair of scissors and it takes all of 2 minutes to complete it So here is a quick tutorial for you to try out too..
What you need:
1. Palm Leaf
2. Pair of scissors
Instructions (Click on the picture for a larger one:
- Select your palm leaf. Any size works fine. You can usually add around 4-5 flowers in a simple leaf, more for longer leaves.
- Leave around 3-4 inches from the end of the leaf and make a cut at an angle (approximately 45 degrees) on the leaf. Start from the open end of the leaf and make the cut till it meets the central vein (I think it is called the midrib). Make more such incisions are equal intervals. I have marked these incisions with circles. This can be repeated till the very end, but leave at least 6-8 inches at the tip for tying the decoration in order to hang it up.
- Once the cuts are completed, at each of the cuts, peal down the leaf till midway to the end or the next cut.
- Open out the leaf, so that you can now separate it into 2 sections.
- Take the right leaf and fold it backwards and behind the left leaf.
- Fold as far back as it will go and tuck it behind the left leaf.
- Fold back the left leaf in the same way, backwards and behind the right leaf.
- Tuck it behind the right leaf. You should have something like an inverted ‘V’ now. Adjust it a bit so that the bits that are sticking out are even on both sides. Once you are happy with the positioning, crease the leaf at the folded points so that it holds together in place.
- Repeat it. Figure 9 shows 2 such flowers completed.
- Once completed, you should have your long stalk of palm flowers, ready for hanging!