palm tree made of paper towel roll covered in brown construction paper and leaves made of green construction paper with a base of card stock
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Bring The Beach To You With A Paper Palm Tree Craft

Feb 11, 2021

If you’re like me and long for the days when we didn’t have to bundle up to get some sunshine outside (or could safely escape to some place warm for a few days), may I suggest a craft that acts as a reminder of a tropical oasis.

This paper palm tree isn't too tricky to assemble and can be made from some common household items. And it’s the perfect craft for a beach-themed day or to add to the decor of your staycation.

All you need is a paper towel roll, the front or back panel of a cereal box or pasta box, glue, a pencil and some construction paper. We picked green, but your littles can make the leaves as colourful as they like. And if you don’t have a paper towel roll, you can tape a few toilet paper rolls together.


everything you'll need to make paper palm tree

What You'll Need:

  • paper towel roll
  • 3 sheets of green construction paper
  • 1 sheet of brown construction paper
  • card stock (a cereal or pasta box front or back works too)
  • glue stick (school glue or tape works too)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • mug, cup or glass for tracing

How It's Made:

Take your green construction paper and fold it into thirds. Use the crease lines as a guide to cut the paper into three rectangular pieces.

When those pieces are cut, fold them in half lengthwise and draw an oval shape with a slight point on one end and a longer stem on the other end.

Folding and cutting green construction paper into thirds. Then folding one of the thirds and drawing half a leaf shape on one outer fold

Once your leaves are cut out, make them look like palm fronds by using scissors to cut slits along the sides of the folded leaves. Be careful to not cut through the fold (but don’t worry if you do, palm leaves are always unique).

Cutting diagonally into the folded cut out leaf on the open side, making sure not to cut all the way through the fold

Next, get your card stock. Use your mug or glass to trace a circle, then use your paper towel roll to trace a circle in the centre and draw a line to the edge of the larger circle.

Use the shape of your mug or glass to trace two semicircles on either side of your card stock. Then cut them all out.

Drawing the larger circle with the smaller circle within it with a line to the edge of the larger one. And drawing the two semi circles on either side of the card stock.

Glue the brown construction paper around the paper towel roll and on both sides of the semicircles. Make four cuts (1.5 inches long) at the bottom of the roll and insert the covered semicircles into the cuts to form a solid base.

gluing brown construction paper onto the paper towel roll and cut-out semi circles

Spread the leaves out and crease at the stem, where you'll apply glue.

leaves spread out. creasing and gluing end of stems

Attach the glued stems on the inside (top) of your paper towel "trunk."

attaching the glue stems to the inside of the top of the paper towel roll

Next, take your cut-out card stock circle and cut the smaller inner circle, and down the line to open it up and make a ring. Attach the ring under the leaves to prop them up and keep from drooping.

almost complete paper palm tree beside the cut-out card stock ring that will go under the leaves to prop them up

Now your paper palm tree is ready to brighten the wintery days. Feel free to make a paper sun, to add to the decor of your indoors holiday.

completed paper palm tree in front of a paper cloud and paper sun

Article Author Vanessa Magic
Vanessa Magic

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Vanessa Magic is a writer, award-winning costume designer and musician. She loves making up magical stories and singing songs to her adorable four-year-old son. When she is not in mama mode, she facilitates workshops with Inclusive Stylist Toronto, an initiative she co-founded that encourages inclusivity within the film industry for costume design and wardrobe styling. Currently, she is a participant in the BIPOC Film and TV Kids writing workshop where she is developing an afro-futurist science-based show.

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