How to Braid Palm Leaves for a Flower Design

Palm weaving has an important part to play in the celebration of the Easter season, and especially Palm Sunday. In this context, palm leaves are often woven or braided into crosses. Master weavers can craft palm leaves into the shapes of animals and flowers. With practice, you can weave different types of flowers to decorate wall hangings or create a bouquet. Braided flowers can be very simple or very complex, but the materials needed are minimal and easy to use. The rosebud shape is a good beginner flower project that uses only one palm leaf, but there are other flowers that require multiple leaves and many strips to braid the petals and leaves.

Palm braiding can use many sections or only two, to create a complex or a simple weave.

Step 1

Split the palm leaf lengthwise with the knife. You will need two strips of equal width and length to braid a rosebud. Bend one piece around the end of the other in an "L" shape. Fold the ends over each other to create a tidy 90-degree angle.

Step 2

Lock the corner by folding the vertical piece behind the horizontal piece and then the horizontal piece in front of the vertical piece. Reverse these directions once and the corner should be firmly locked.

Step 3

Take the horizontal piece and push it through the locked area loosely, leaving a loop. Take its loose end and thread it back through the lock in the opposite direction. You should now have a loop on both sides of the vertical piece.

Step 4

Thread the vertical palm through the lock, leaving a loose loop. Take the end that went through the lock and weave it back the other way, also leaving a loop. You should have four loops, each pointing in a different direction.

Step 5

Fit the right loop inside the left loop from the horizontal weaving. This forms the center of a rosebud. Take the top vertical loop and place it over the rosebud center. The bottom loop from the vertical weave is placed over all three loops. Cut the loose ends or fold them under the rose.