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How to Use Palm Tree Leaves to Make an Umbrella

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Palm tree leaves have many uses in daily life. In some island cultures, the leaves are even used for roofs and sold as umbrellas. A palm tree leaf umbrella is referred to as a thatch umbrella and can be made by a palm tree owner desiring a practical use for the leaves that keep littering his yard. Palm frond umbrellas are purely decorative and require the support of an existing lawn umbrella to keep their shape.

Step 1

Dry the palm tree leaves by setting them in a warm, dry location for at least one week after harvesting.

Step 2

Arrange the leaves in a circular pattern, slightly overlapping them with all their branches facing toward the center.

Step 3

Weave some twine through the branches to hold them firmly in place.

Step 4

Continue layering the branches until you have five layers completed, securing each layer to the previous one using the twine.

Step 5

Form the sixth layer by pulling the thick end of the branches through the center of the umbrella. Tie the branches together by weaving the twine through each branch.

Step 6

Trim the branch ends that were pulled through in Step 5 by using pruning sheers, so that they are flush with the bottom layer of the umbrella. You will have a hole in the center of your umbrella for placing over the top of the underlying patio umbrella.

Things You'll Need

  • Palm tree leaves (rain cape thatch is the best variety)
  • Twine
  • Pruning shears


  • "Palm Weaving Guidesheets"; Sister Cecilia Schmitt; 2001
Keywords: palm tree leaves, palm tree umbrella, thatch umbrella, palm frond umbrella

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