My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Plaiting a palm thorn garland

Weaving a crown of thorns from palm leaves.

This is the basic technique used in traditional Easter crafts to plait a crown of thorns

Split the leaf with a corsage pin.

Split the leaf with a corsage pin.

Split the main vain in the middle of the leaf.

Split the main vain in the middle of the leaf.

Split the one half in two

Split the one half in two

Split the other half in two.

Split the other half in two.

Run the back of your knife along the leaf to make it pliable

You will need a sturdy middle vain to plait around. Remove the vain and set it aside. Gather the left over sections. Run the back of your knife (blunt side) along the leaf to remove some of the moisture and to make it more pliable.

Tape the leaf to your working surface.

Tape the leaf to your working surface with masking tape.

Fold the outer leaf in.

Start the plaiting pattern. Fold the outer leaf in

And around the strong vain.

and around the strong vain.

Fold the opposite leaf in and around the vain.

Fold the opposite leaf in and around the vain.

Fold the next leaf up and around the vain.

Fold the next leaf in and around the vain.

Do the same on the opposite side.

Do the same on the opposite side.

Continue the plaiting pattern.

Continue the plaiting pattern. Folding the outer most leaf in and around on the one side and then the other.

Weave the end pieces in on itself.

Weave the end pieces in on itself and cut the dangling leaf bits short.

Cut into the leaf.

Cut into the leaf to give it it's dramatic thorns

Plaiting a palm thorn garland.

Plaiting a palm thorn garland.

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Tutorials

20 March 2013 Fold a Palm Cross

This is a traditional Palm Sunday or Easter craft

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