How to Dry Palm Branches

The branch of the palm tree is often used in poorer countries to form roofs for mud or clay houses, for drying racks or for baskets. In the United States one of the most commonly seen uses is near the Easter holidays, for depicting Palm Sunday. When making items out of palm branches, it is best for it not to be dry so that it is still pliable and able to be shaped. Once in its correct shape, however, it should be dried so that it will remain in that shape.

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Drying the branches of a palm tree can take awhile if you do it outside.

Naturally

Step 1

Lay a blanket or a large cloth on the ground in a warm sunny spot.

Step 2

Put a large single palm branch or item made out of palm branches on the cloth.

Step 3

Allow the sun to naturally dry the palm branch. This could take several days or even weeks, depending on how much sun the branches get each day.

In an Oven

Step 1

Lay a small palm branch on a baking sheet.

Step 2

Turn the oven on very low and place the baking sheet with the palm branch inside.

Step 3

Allow the branch to dry for several hours in the oven. Check it often to make sure it is not getting too dry and burning.

In the Microwave

Step 1

Place a paper towel in the microwave and put the palm branch on top.

Step 2

Lay another paper towel on top of the branch.

Step 3

Turn the microwave on for several minutes to dry the branch. Check it often to know when it is completely dry.


Rebekah Martin

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