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Make Realistic Miniature Model Palm Trees from Paper or Fabric and Wire

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Paint and Texture the Paper Palm Fronds
Painting two tone coloring on a paper leaf for a miniature palm frond in dolls house scale.

Painting two tone coloring on a paper leaf for a miniature palm frond in dolls house scale.

Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

To finish miniature palm fronds made from paper, first coat one side of an oval shape with glue, then center a piece of florists wire along the length of the oval, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch free at the point of the oval. Cover the wire with the second piece of paper to sandwich the wire between the upper and lower layers of the palm frond.

When the glue has dried and the wire is secured between the two layers, paint the upper and lower sides of the leaf with yellow green paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Dry brush a layer of darker green paint over the frond as shown in the photo (not all the frond has been painted) making 'S' shaped curves in the paint that run out from the wire in the center of the leaf. This will create the leaflet veins. Allow some of the yellow layer of paint to show through. Dry brush the underside of the leaf with mid green paint the same way, trying to line up the veins in the same direction. Set the basic frond shape aside to dry. When dry, carry on making the frond as in the instructions for the fabric fronds. You may need to touch up cut edges of the paper frond with a bit of darker green paint if the paper underlayer shows through after you cut it.

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