In the frigid months of January it is all too tempting to sit back, close your eyes, and picture yourself on a tropical beach, a warm breeze blowing through the palm trees, and a good book in your hand.  Okay, so I live in Malaysia and have access to tropical beaches all year ’round, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to take advantage of that!

free tutorial for paper quilled palm tree

So to call that tropical vacation a little closer, let’s make some palm trees!    Here is what you’ll need to make yourself some cute little palm trees from paper quilling:


  • 6 strips 3” long tan paper (trunk)
  • 5 strips 6” long green (larger leaves)
  • 2 strips 3” long green (smaller leaves)
  • slotted quilling tool ( here on Amazon)
  • glue (I love PPA  here on Amazon)

The instructions will show and describe how to make one tree. Make as many as you need for your craft.  Feel free to use any color(s) you wish! For this example I used Lake City Craft papers in tan and holiday green.

  1. Roll each strip of paper into a coil and let expand.  Glue closed.  All pieces are shown below on the right.

free tutorial for paper quilled palm tree

  1. Shape your pieces.  For the tan trunk pieces shape five of them into squares and the other one into a triangle.  For the leaves, first pinch into a flat teardrop as shown in the first photo below.  Then you can choose how to shape your leaf.  You can leave it straight, shape it into a wavy leaf as shown in the second photo, or shape it into a curved crescent as shown in the third photo.   I like to do some of each for my trees. paper quilling tutorial for palm tree
  1. All finished pieces are shown on the left.  Glue the trunk in a straight line and add the leaves.  I like to put the two smaller leaves at the top to make it look like they are further behind, giving a more dimensional look.  The tree on the right shows another option.  Instead of 5 big leaves and 2 small, you can just do 6 big leaves (all 6 being 6” strips of paper).  When making this style I like to leave a space at the top to again give that more dimensional look.

how to make a paper quilled palm tree

So there you have it, a paper quilled palm tree!  This would be great on a frame decorating your summer holiday photos, on a greeting card, or anywhere else you may want a palm tree!  I actually used this palm tree as part of my dinosaur collection.  I put all the dinosaurs and the palm trees on a frame as a gift for a friend.

paper quilling tutorial for dinosaurs

If you are interested in detailed instructions on how to create dinosaurs (plus the pteranodon!), click here to find the tutorial on Etsy

paper quilled dinosaur tutorial

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