How to Make Centerpieces From Palm Branches


Whether decorating for a wedding, BBQ or family reunion, palm branches help to create a tropical look. Making your own centerpieces is less expensive than buying from a florist and allows you to be creative, achieving the exact look you want. A centerpiece made with palm branches can be placed in the middle of a large dinner table, down the middle of a buffet table, or on an outside picnic table.

Step 1

Place three to four palm branches on the table you are decorating. If decorating one large table, place the branches in the center of the table or if decorating a long table, lay the palm branches down the center of the length of the table.

Step 2

Select pillar candles in white or cream color and various sizes. For one large table centerpiece, use about four candles or if decorating a long table you may need about eight candles.

Step 3

Mix two parts craft glue and one part water to make a glue mixture. Place sand in an old pie plate. Working with one candle at a time, brush the glue mixture over the candle with a small paint brush and immediately roll the candle in the sand coating it completely. Set aside to dry and repeat for all the candles.

Step 4

Place a 1-inch layer of blue pebbles in the bottom of a wide-mouthed glass bowl. Fill the bowl with water to within 1-inch of the rim and set in the middle of the palm branches. If decorating a long table, you can use two glass bowls set evenly apart.

Step 5

Select anthuriums flowers and cut the stems off right below the flower head. Float the flower heads on top of the water in the bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, use approximately six to eight flowers. Do not over crowd the flowers in the bowl.

Step 6

Set the sand-covered candles on top of the palm branches. To ensure the candles are steady and will not tip over, set between the branches so they are setting flat on the table. Place candles evenly around the glass bowl in the center of the table or for a long table, group two to three candles together, spaced evenly down the center of the table.

Things You'll Need

  • Palm branches
  • Pillar candles
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Sand
  • Anthurium flowers
  • Wide, shallow glass bowl
  • Pebbles


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Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.