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Making Palm Trees

Starting Out

In this small workshop I will explain to you how everyone can create a palm tree with a minimum of material.

The things you need are:

  • A piece of old electrical wire (20 cm).

  • Some toilet paper.

  • Some string (the coconut type).

  • Wall paper glue.

  • Iron wire (the green plastic-coated type).

  • Coconut fiber.

  • Paint (every modeler has that on the shelf).

  • And last but not least some silk leaves.

Step One: The Trunk

  • The first thing you have to do is to cut the piece of electrical wire of about 20 cm.

  • Then tie the coconut string at one end of the electrical wire and roll it to the other end in a diagonal way.

  • The trick is to leave about 6mm space between the wires. (See photo 1a)

  • When you reached the other end of the electrical wire you have to to this again but then in a reverse way. (see photo 1b)

  • This is to obtain the honey comb effect. (see photo 1c)

  • When you have reached the place where you have started just tie it together with a flat knot. It does not matter that you see the knot it will be concealed later.

Project Photos

Photo 1a

Photo 1b

Photo 1c

About the Author

About H.L.Sikkema (demodelbouwer)

hello i'm eric and i live in the Netherlands. I'm married with ilona and have three daugters. for the last year i am a very active modeller. Before that the hobby was only a time distraction. I'm a modeller for over 35 years now and i like to share my knowledge with others in any way i can.


Eric, thanks for recognizing the idea. I can't blame you for not having enough time to translate anything. I hardly have enoguh time to get in any modelling. So theres no rush, just be sure to tell us when its done. :-) :-) Thanks, Mark
JUN 22, 2002 - 02:08 AM
O.K. Mark, I hope to finish the English Version of the site after the summer. So bare with me... But first i have to go on holidays ( to Germany ) ( Belgium ) ( and France ) for the next few weeks. I stay in touch have my notebook with me .... Eric
JUN 22, 2002 - 02:28 PM
Thats no problem Eric, while your on all your trips, I can be learning how to read Dutch. Now that will be a challenge. :-) :-) Actually I can wait. I have to get some modelling in. If I was busy reading your site and Armorama, then I would really have no time for any modelling. Thanks, Mark
JUN 23, 2002 - 07:19 AM
exellent,but by old elictical wire do you mean like extension cords or what?
JUN 25, 2002 - 04:12 AM
Hi Eric, A really excellent article! I loved it But I got a few questions: what is the gauge of the eletrical wire did you use for the trunk? Also, I didn't understand why did you use the green coated iron wire, why don't you stick with the supplied wire of the artificial leaf? How did you fix the leaves on to the top of the trunk? Did you just insert them to the coconut fiber? Congratulations for the excellent article, and sorry about all questions! :-)
JUN 26, 2002 - 08:56 PM
Paulo, So many questions so litte time first : the " gauge " as you named it, and i think you mean how thick the elec.wire is ? The wire is aprrox 1 to 1.5 cm thick ( it is a 5 treads electra wire the one used by machines ) second : i use the greencoated wire so i can bend the leaves more easely into the shape i want them to be. The original plastic centres can not be bend. third : The leaves can be inserted in to the top of the trunk by making so space between the elec wires with a small watchmakers screwdriver. The aprrox. 1 cm of green coated iron wire can then be pushed in to the top of the trunk. Just hold the the leave into a tweezer and place it in the top. And now comes the greencoated elec.wire in handy. It is firm and can be bend so you can sort your leaves in to a nice Palmtree. I hope these answers helped you out Greetz Eric
JUN 27, 2002 - 05:54 AM
Thanks Eric, that´s what i was thinking, but wasn´t sure! Cheers! And enjoy your vacations!
JUN 27, 2002 - 07:55 AM
Good idea Sikkema, very nice job...thank´s for sharing with us... Cheers
JUL 11, 2005 - 12:24 AM
Or, you could go to your LHS and by some by Woodland Scenics for about $10.
NOV 14, 2009 - 12:17 PM
And which Woodland scenic palm trees are they?
NOV 14, 2009 - 10:27 PM